London Gets A Test Case
It’s the same old story you’ve heard before, but this time there’s a twist; the Carlton Tavern in Kilburn was being considered for a listing at Grade II heritage status; Historic England said the pub was “remarkably well-preserved externally and internally”. So the owners, Tel Aviv-based development company CLTX, slipped in with the demolition after Westminster council did not approve its plans for the building.
It went from this;
It’s nothing new; looking around I see this happening every day. But lately people are noticing it more and trying to draw attention to what companies are doing.
If Westminster Council decides that they acted illegally (as they patently did) they could order the company to rebuild the building exactly as it was.
That isn’t what we tend to do in the UK. Unlike say, Poland’s Gdansk, which was stunningly restored to exactly how it had once been, we tend to let developers stick a glass box there anyway. But this case could be the one that finally changes anything.
In the smash-and-grab world of Boris’s new London I don’t hold out much hope, but we’ll have an answer next week.