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Planning committee rejects plans for Victorian stables

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The former Haven Pub was under threat of demolition


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Over two thousand people who signed a petition to save a historic part of Haven Green will be celebrating today after Ealing Council rejected the latest planning application.

Plans had been submitted to knock down the 137-year-old former stables building and turn into a four storey block of flats.

The building - once a pub - is currently used as the head office of 'Alfa Energy' and sits within Haven Green conservation area.

It's one of the oldest in the area and locals want it preserved.

It was just one element of a larger proposal which would also see a pedestrian route built through to the Dickens Yard development on the other side of the railway.

There has been opposition from local residents groups, conservationists and the Ealing MP, Rupa Huq also sent objections to the planning committee.

A petition organised by local expert, Victor Mishiku, attracted more than two thousand signatures - he says there have been many previous applications in the area but none that wanted to demolish this 'landmark ' building.

Last night Ealing Councillors voted against the proposals.

Will French from Save Ealing Centre said:

'' Delighted to report I have just returned from the planning committee which voted against the above by the narrowest of margins -  7 to 6.  The Committee was especially concerned at the loss of a locally listed building, impact on the Conservation Area and impact on the school.'' 

Many have congratulated Mr Mishiku who they say has worked tirelessly on the campaign and ''played a starring role'.

A delighted Mr Mishiku says : '' The developer apparently claimed never to have been defeated  - last night he met his Waterloo!''


6th August 2015