King William IV pub caught up in Hampstead creperie row faces enforcement action from Camden Council

PUBLISHED: 14:00 05 December 2013

The King William IV pub has been ordered to take down the structures. Picture: Polly Hancock

The King William IV pub has been ordered to take down the structures. Picture: Polly Hancock

Polly Hancock

A pub is in hot water with Camden Council over changes to its garden which were at the centre of its ongoing dispute with a crepe stall.

The King William IV in Hampstead High Street is facing enforcement action after carrying out unauthorised building work.

It has been ordered to remove wooden structures put up in the beer garden without planning permission by Tuesday – although the landlady insists she has received no contact from Camden Council over the matter.

The pub’s dispute with the La Crêperie de Hampstead started in the summer over a fridge in the garden which was used by the crepe stall.

After a lengthy battle that saw lawyers called in on both sides, the pub had the fridge removed in order to carry out the garden refurbishments that have now caught the attentions of Camden’s planning enforcement team.

Cllr Phil Jones, Camden Council’s cabinet member for planning, said: “The planning enforcement team issued a letter to the owners advising them that wooden structures recently built in the garden were unauthorised.

“If they are not removed, then formal enforcement action can be taken to ensure their removal.”

Cllr Jones added that the structures are unlikely to win retrospective planning approval.

Elaine Loughran, who runs the pub, said no letter has been received. She said that the plans were submitted this week for “a retractable roof for the garden area and a garden shed”.

She added: “Twenty-nine pubs a week are closing down in the UK and, with another pub in Hampstead closing [The Old White Bear], the King William is the last pub on the high street doing its best to make the space stay alive.”

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