A historic community pub is facing demolition for the second time in five years.

The Queensbury pub in Willesden Green was first saved from demolition by campaigners in 2012.

The pub sits in a conservation area opposite Willesden Green tube station.

It was the first building in Brent to be made an asset of community value in 2014, but now it faces being torn down for the second time.

Used as a community hub since the 1800s, Willesden Green residents were surprised to find out that a pre-planning exhibition on the building's future was being held there on September 28 and September 29.

Save the Queensbury campaigner, Ian Elliot said: "We got off to a bit of a bad start really.

"They may have put 3,000 leaflets through letter boxes to tell people about the exhibition but we just found out by word of mouth.

"Even Dizzie Rascals, the group that runs toddler classes in the pub every morning didn't know about it."

The Queensbury pub faces demolition

A previous application to build a ten-storey block on the site was thrown out by the council in 2015.

The latest plans put forward by developers Winston Group include building 48 new homes on the Walm Lane site.

While Winston Group promises to provide a new pub and a "large conference room for community use" in its new redevelopment its plans would mean destroying the original Queensbury building.

The latest plans put forward by developers Winston Group include building 48 new homes on the Walm Lane site.

Mr Elliot said: "We knew there was risk of the site being developed because it's owned by property developers, but we wanted to encourage them to build around the building where there's still plenty of space to do something.

"While these plans no longer have the tower block that the first ones did, most of the people campaigning to save the Queensbury are more bothered about the actual building than the site itself.

"And these new plans would still demolish the building."

The plans were on view at St Gabriel’s church hall, Chichele Road ran between 4pm and 8pm on Thursday September 28 and Friday September 29.

Plans for the Queensbury would include a new pub but mean destroying the original building

A Winston Group spokesman said: "After carefully reflecting on the considerations of the council and most importantly those of residents, we believe our new high-quality design would be a great addition to the local area.

"This mixed-use development would protect the character of the local area and compliment the character of the Mapesbury and Willesden Green conservation areas.

"Whilst these new homes are much needed, our plans safeguard the future of the pub, and its community function, that people campaigned to keep.

"We are very keen to meet residents during our consultation, to hear their views and make sure this new and improved development works for them."

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