Yes, it's contrary to planning law to demolish an unlisted building in a conservation area. But no council would surely order that it be rebuilt? And certainly no inspector would ever uphold such a requirement on appeal? Well the Carlton Tavern in Kilburn turns such conventional wisdom on its head - yes they would, in response to both questions. This really sets a precedent for any rogue developer carrying out a risk analysis of going ahead with demolition, regardless: the risk is that you may be required to rebuild the building brick by brick, tile by tile. When lockdown ends I look forward to visiting this new planning 'cause célèbre' and toasting its reconstruction with a nice pint of beer.
Rising from the rubble: London pub rebuilt brick by brick after illegal bulldozing