Search

Owners of Maida Hill pub the Chippenham ordered to halt building’s decline

PUBLISHED: 14:47 19 July 2017 | UPDATED: 15:06 19 July 2017

Members of the Maida Hill Neighbourhood Forum (from left to right) Sophie Tennant, Rob Cope, Biljana Slavic and Elaine Arthur stand in front of the neglected former Chippenham Hotel

Members of the Maida Hill Neighbourhood Forum (from left to right) Sophie Tennant, Rob Cope, Biljana Slavic and Elaine Arthur stand in front of the neglected former Chippenham Hotel

Archant

The owners of the former Chippenham Hotel have been ordered to remove steel shutters and spruce up the long-neglected local landmark, after tenacious campaigning by local activists and publicity in the Wood&Vale.

Members of the Maida Hill Neighbourhood Forum (from left to right)  Rob Cope, Biljana Slavic, Sophie Tennant and Elaine Arthur stand in front of the neglected former Chippenham Hotel Members of the Maida Hill Neighbourhood Forum (from left to right) Rob Cope, Biljana Slavic, Sophie Tennant and Elaine Arthur stand in front of the neglected former Chippenham Hotel

A letter from Westminster Council’s legal department dated last Thursday issues the owners of the building at 207 Shirland Road with a Section 215 notice under the Town and Country Planning Act. This requires them to carry out stated works to address the visible neglect that has left the former pub ‘an eyesore’ in the words of local councillor Tim Roca.

But action has been a long time coming, Cllr Roca told the Wood&Vale. “It’s taken far too long for the council’s legal department to deal with this,” said the Harrow Road councillor, who sits on Westminster’s housing scrutiny committee. As long ago as early 2016 he sent letters expressing concern at the state of the erstwhile Chippenham pub to councillors and council officers.

“While I am glad that the Section 215 notice has finally been issued, there are real questions as to why it has taken the Council so long to act.” he said.

“This is part of a wider story in North Westminster, with pubs often seen as investment opportunities by developers, rather than focal points for the local community. On numerous occasions now it has been the activism of campaign groups that has made the difference - and not the local council.”

According to the terms of the notice issued to the Chippenham’s owners, they must carry out the required work within two months from 22 August – or the council will have the right to complete the work itself, with the owners then billed for the costs.

“The council acted as swiftly as possible to prevent this property falling further into disrepair, issuing a series of warning and urging the owners to act over a period of several months,” said Cllr Daniel Astaire, cabinet member for planning. “We have now issued a formal notice under Section 215 of the Town and Country Planning Act on the owners and leaseholders of the Chippenham Hotel as we believe the condition of the pub is adversely affecting the amenity of the area.”

Efforts to contact CLTX Limited, understood to be the owners of the Chippenham, were unsuccessful.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Hampstead Highgate Express visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Hampstead Highgate Express staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Hampstead Highgate Express account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Hampstead & Highgate News Stories

09:28

Police have shut down a cannabis factory in a daylight raid on an industrial estate.

Yesterday, 12:31

Two men from Camden appeared in court this morning charged with the murder of 25-year-old model Harry Uzoka.

Yesterday, 09:43

Two men from Camden have been charged with the murder of model Harry Uzoka.

Mon, 13:07

An end is finally in sight after two years of closures on the Gospel Oak to Barking Overground line, which has reopened today for what commuters hope is the last time.

Mon, 09:58

Construction giant Carillion has said it has “no choice but to take steps to enter into compulsory liquidation with immediate effect” after talks failed to find another way to deal with the company’s debts.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Protesters packed Islington town hall last night to fight the Whittington Hospital’s contract with Ryhurst, owned by Grenfell Tower-linked Rydon.

Friday, January 12, 2018

The future of George Michael’s tribute garden opposite his Highgate home has been called into question.

Friday, January 12, 2018

A cyclist was left fighting for his life following a collision with a car after which the driver failed to stop.

PROMOTED CONTENT

Toni Krok, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2007, has set up a charity to help people living with the condition and their families adjust to the challenges it brings.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read Hampstead & Highgate news

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Hampstead & Highgate Express
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now