Thursday, 7 April 2016

Planning Committee Decision for 26 Storey Flats Application 15/4550

Questions were posed to the applicant, the developer Hub Group, including:
how the application only provides 28% affordable housing, 
fell short on CO2 levels, 
was far greater (almost double) density levels,  
was (as pointed out by the Chair) very tall for a town High Street being 85m and more comparable to building heights found at sites such as Oxford Street in Central London....

Voting on the application was as follows:

For  4                        
Cllr Amer Agha (Welsh Harp Ward)
Cllr Shafique Choudhary (Barnhill Ward)
Cllr Lia Colacicco (Mapesbury Ward) 
Cllr Arshad Mahmood (Dollis Hill Ward & Deputy Mayor)            

Against  2                  
Cllr Sarah Marquis (Chair) (Barnhill Ward)
Cllr Michael Maurice (Kenton Ward)      

Abstention  2          
Cllr Ernest Ezeajughi (Stonebridge Ward)
Cllr Milli Patel (Alperton Ward & Lead Member for Children & Families)                                                   

Planning Permission was Granted

There were additional conditions imposed on the application such as a need for the developer Hub Group to pay a sum of money for any extension of the CPZ parking zones so that existing residents would not have to pay to park in front of their own homes (at the request of the Chair, Cllr Sarah Marquis).

Balustrades on the roof top floors were also requested after Cllr Lia Colacicco mentioned the possible health and safety risk of a coin being thrown from the roof.

Resident Speech @ Planning Committee 6th April 2016, 26 Storey App No: 15/4550

The Council permitted 1 resident speaker to speak for 2 minutes.
(We asked if we could have an additional resident speaker, but we were advised that we could not).

The resident speaker, Denise Cheong, was asked by the Chair to introduce herself before the speech:
I am the former Chair of Friends of King Eddie's Park, former Interim Steering Panel Member at Big Local Wembley Central (renamed Wembley Futures) and former member of Wembley Crime Prevention.

I am representing members of Princes Court and Keswick Gardens Resident Association, South Meadows Resident Association, Park Lawn Residents Association (and other properties further along Park Lane), residents from King Edward Court on Elm Road, surrounding roads such as Dennis Avenue and Kingsway, as well as resident friends in Kingsbury, Queensbury, Neasden and other parts of Brent.

This is her 2 minute speech:
1) Objections have been received from all 3 of the wards Tokyngton, Preston and Wembley Central.

2) The height and density of the development are our main concerns. This will dwarf existing surroundings. It is overdevelopment of a delicate site. Green space adjoining the site owned by Network Rail is sought too.

3) There are infrastructure issues at what is a dangerous junction. The case officer report acknowledges that buses operate at full capacity. Only route 83 is being split. We query if 1 new bus route for 239 flats & families will suffice. 

4) Traffic problems exist, particularly for residents of Princes Court, Elm Road and South Meadows. When we met this time, erm March last year, hundreds of residents formally objected to 14/4208 mentioning congestion & traffic on Park Lane and [parking] issues with Park Lane School.

5) Planning Policy - this does not comply with the:
Wembley Link SPD,
Wembley Area Action Plan,
Brent Council's Core Strategy 4.13 pertaining to Regeneration and Growth specifically notes availability of large development sites close to the Stadium,
the London Plan policies 7.6 b, c, d, f supporting text 7.21, 7.22, 7.23 and 7.7 A, C a, b, c, d, Db supporting text 7.25, 7.27


Email sent to Planning Committee Prior to 26 Storey Towers Site Visit

URGENT: Tomorrow's Site Visit - Planning Application 15/4550 - Chesterfield House, 9 Park Lane, Wembley, HA9 7RH‏

Dear Planning Committee members, Wembley Central Ward Cllrs, Preston Ward Cllrs, Hub Group and Council Planning Case Officer

I understand the planning committee are due to visit the above site tomorrow (Saturday 2nd April) morning regarding planning application 15/4550.

I write to kindly urge the Planning Committee to give the following viewpoint due weight during their deliberations whilst they conduct tomorrow's site visit.

Please note during your site visit that (at the time of writing) several local residents from Princes Court and Keswick Gardens Residents Association, as well as members of neighbouring Park Lane Methodist Church are opposed to the height and scale of the proposed scheme.

Whilst residents appreciate the City's need for greater housing provision and welcome Hub Group's proposed donation to the Council for King Eddie's Park, we have grave concerns over the impact of a development that will be (although set back, at its heighest) twice the height of the opposite existing Elm Court flats and nearly three times the height of the existing Chesterfield House office block.

Mr Neidhardt notes in his report that pedestrian accidents have occurred at the junction of Park Lane and the High Road. This is a notoriously difficult junction for local residents to walk across. Please observe the existing pedestrian crossings at the junction during your site visit and consider the impact the proposed will have on the area even with any alterations from Transport For London (TFL) to the junction. Also, kindly observe the existing bus stops in the vicinity on the High Road which TFL note already operate at full capacity. You may also possibly observe heavy traffic queues on Park Lane tomorrow (as discussed at last year's planning committees for planning application 14/4208, heavy traffic from the junction of High Rd and Park Lane down past The Methodist Church and King Edward VII Park is a norm on Park Lane, and further evidence of the real need for this junction to be re-worked).

I await further communication from other resident members of the aforementioned plus neighbouring roads. I will update you all as soon as I have collated such responses and prior to Wednesday 6th April's Planning Committee.

Many thanks.

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Residents Against 26 Storey Twin Tower Block Proposal 15/4550

Your neighbours need you to attend @ 7pm this evening Brent Civic Centre

This is your last chance to have your say!

Wembley Resident Members of the following:
Princes Court & Keswick Gardens Residents Association
King Edward Court, Elm Road
The Methodist Church Park Lane
Park Lane Residents Association
South Meadows Ltd Resident Group

Houses on Park Lane Opposite King Edward VII Park and further along Park Lane

As well as our neighbours, friends and family on other Wembley & Brent roads

Plus local business (will try to send representatives along)

Will attend planning committee @ Brent Civic Centre, Olympic Way, Wembley HA9 0FJ
to object to the developer Hub Group's proposed 26 Storey Tower Blocks on the Chesterfield House Site @ the junction of High Road and Park Lane Wembley.

The existing building is office space with parking. The proposal will be this:

with only 17 parking spaces (9 of these disabled)

We are not against development and regeneration in Wembley, but this is far far far too high! At a junction where pedestrians suffer from traffic accidents