December 13 2013 Latest news:
by Sam Gelder
Thursday, October 10, 2013
A Goodmayes pub is again threatened with demolition just months after it seemed to have been saved following a campaign backed by hundreds of residents.
Developers withdrew a previous application to knock down The Lord Napier, in Green Lane, in August and instead applied to “renovate” the 19th century building.
The roof and windows were removed and now Lord Homes Ltd has put in another application to demolish the pub, which is now classified as uninhabitable.
A Redbridge Council spokesman said: “The building is now subject to planning approval, and further work is not permitted to take place until a decision has been made.
“Any further work without consent may be liable to enforcement action.”
Plans were not required for the renovation, which is designed to enable work to start quickly, although progress is inspected by the council.
Goodmayes councillor Barbara White, who campaigned to save the building, believes it is likely to be demolished.
She said: “The roof has been taken off and the windows are smashed in. It is a half done job. It is an iconic building and was a good community venue.”
A campaign group to save the pub was led by Morag McCall and received more than 1,000 signatures as local residents tried to stop the demolition.
Lord Homes Ltd was unable to comment on the developments.