By News Reporters
Customers, local residents and the Campaign for Real Ale (Camra) have rallied around a popular Fitzrovia pub, the Northumberland Arms, under threat by a planning application submitted by the freeholder of the property.
Landowners Shaftesbury Charlotte Street Ltd, have submitted a planning application to Camden Council to remove the landlord’s maisonette, the pub’s kitchen and toilets and replace them with three tiny pied-a-terre-style one-bedroom flats.
Camra fear that this will make the pub unviable and precipitate its eventual closure and then the premises converted to a tatty, characterless imitation of a hostelry.
The landowner will have to do battle with local community groups, and residents who have written to Camden Council to object to the plans in an attempt to save the pub which has been there since 1791.