Dear Ms Buck
The Star, 38 St John’s Wood Terrace, London NW8 6LS
I am aware that the Property has recently re-opened with the same estate agents occupying the ground floor. An enforcement notice in respect of the use of the site has not been served because the unauthorised use ceased and it became a vacant public house, which is not a breach of planning control. A planning enforcement inspection has recently been carried out, which confirmed that it is no longer a vacant public house and is being used in breach of planning control – although this is disputed by the owner.
A Public Inquiry is due to be held at the City Council’s offices on 7 June in respect of the appeal the owner has lodged against the City Council’s refusal of their Certificate of Lawfulness application from last year. The Planning Inspector’s decision on this appeal will clarify whether an estate agent use of the Property is lawful or not. It is therefore likely that the formal service of an enforcement notice will be held in abeyance pending the formal determination of that appeal, which should be shortly after the Public Inquiry.
I trust this clarifies matters. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any queries.
Westminster City Council