Westminster turns down Squirrel flats plan

Westminster City Council has rejected an application to convert The Squirrel public house into flats.

In a decision published on the City's website (, the Council states that the application:

  • Would result in the loss of a viable public house
  • Fails to provide any family-sized homes (and therefore doesn't meet local housing need)
  • Would be unsympathetic to the building and incongruous with the street scene (and have a visual impact on the nearby Maida Vale Conservation Area)
  • Have an adverse impact on pedestrian movement because of the installation of lightwells and landscaping beyond the existing building line.

The decision follows a very active campaign, led by Councillor Tim Roca, and supported by a number of members of the Maida Hill Forum Committee, which resulted in over 80 objections to the application being submitted to the Council's website.

The campaign isn't over yet - an appeal is possible, and there is still the need for the pub to return into use. But it's great to see this first result!

To read more about the campaign to Save the Squirrel, visit our campaigns page.