Back in April, developers got the bright idea to bulldoze the Carlton Tavern pub in Maida Vale without getting permission or even having the decency to tell the landlady before getting out the wrecking ball. Unsurprisingly, people weren't too impressed and the council issued an enforcement notice to make them rebuild the pub brick by brick.
You'd think developers might have learned something from the whole fiasco, like not to knock down a pub without permission, but apparently not. Another developer, Udhyam Amim, took the bold move to demolish the historic Alchemist pub in Battersea, only asking for planning permission after he'd knocked the whole thing down. But in another win for pubs everywhere, Wandsworth Council have rejected his application and ordered him to rebuild the pub and restore it to its original condition. Cheers to that!
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