Labour Councillors are supporting the bid to save The Star public house in St John’s Wood Terrace from closure and conversion in to a luxury residential development. Councillors are encouraging residents to sign the petition and to write to Westminster Council to object to the planning application.
The petition says
1. The Star is an important social hub for people who live and work in the area.
2. It attracts a local, national and international clientele that is multi-lingual and multicultural.
3. The Star plays an important role in attracting tourism revenue; cricket fans and players from Lords, musicians from nearby RAK Studios, Regent’s Park day-trippers, even celebrities like Paul McCartney, Dustin Hoffman, Liam Gallagher and the Arctic Monkeys have sampled their hospitality.
4. The Star is aesthetically significant; an old-style corner pub with an attractive exterior complimented by a Dickensian interior with original features.
5. The Star is a ‘proper’ traditional pub with history (built in the 1820s), strong links to the community and a unique identity.
6. The Star is the most unique of all 4 pubs remaining in the area. If it were to close it would leave an irreplaceable void and a lack of choice.
7. Many local residents believe Westminster Council has an obligation to protect the Star as an important heritage site for the area, to maintain the current level of real customer choice for local pub-goers and to send a clear signal to the local electorate that it cares about local pubs and amenities.
You can make comments on the planning application on line at