A CAMPAIGNING group has ‘cautiously welcomed’ a delay to plans to demolish a popular pub.
The community has started a petition against the plans by Fairview Homes, which owns the building, to redevelop The Queensbury, in Walm Lane, Willesden Green, into flats.
However, Fairview spokesman confirmed it withdrew the application on Tuesday ‘for amendment’ and said it will resubmit shortly, incorporating revised proposals.
Ian Elliott of the Save The Queensbury group said: “We cautiously welcomes the withdrawal of the planning application as a small victory in our long campaign to protect the building, protect the pub and keep its valued role in our community.
“This is down to the community coming together and sending a message that the plans are unacceptable. Fairview has worked on this flawed plan for over a year and tried every trick in the book to undermine local support for the pub, which is in a conservation area.
“We hope Fairview Homes works with the community on an acceptable scheme that builds around the pub, not demolishes it. Hopefully they now realise that we are serious about keeping the pub.”
The campaign has united people from around the area, including fans of real ale and parents who use the pub for the Busy Rascals parent and child group.
Shell Grayson, of NW2 Residents’ Association said: “I don’t think we can say that the pub is saved, but it is a victory in a bigger battle.
“This shows that the community asset listing is even more vital.
“We have always said that we will work with Fairview to find some way to save the pub but build flats as well.”
A Brent Council spokeswoman said in the event that a new planning application is submitted, the council will re-consult those who have made representations on the application.
The association lodged an application with Brent Council to register the red brick building, formerly the Conservative Club, as a community asset. A decision will be made on this in the next week.
The company which runs The Queensbury has four years left on its lease.