A pub that was knocked down without planning permission will have to be rebuilt "brick by brick", a council has proposed.
The shocking demolition of the Carlton Tavern in Maida Vale outraged residents and took Westminster Council by surprise. Following an investigation, the authority's officials have demanded an exact replica of the historic 1920s pub to be rebuilt.
The enforcement notice will likely be approved by the council’s planning committee on Tuesday, and will require the developer to “recreate in facsimile the building as it stood immediately prior to its demolition”. It will prevent CLTX, the developer in question who owns the site, from selling it on until the pub is back in place.
Cllr Tom Crockett told Londonist: "I will certainly be urging the committee to vote in favour of it."
The proposed action has been greeted with delight by many. Among those, London Historians tweeted:
Well done, @WestminsterCouncil. Well, well done! #CarltonTavern
— London Historians (@LondonHistorian) April 29, 2015