Wembley Champions are non party political neighbours, family and friends who lobby for transparency and accountability from Brent Council in their decisions and actions. We seek a better quality of life for all Wembley and Brent residents and businesses.
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 Cllrs Agha, Choudhary, Colacicco and Mahmood 4
AGAINST Cllrs Marquis (Chair) and Maurice 2
ABSTENTION Cllrs Ezeajughi and Patel 2
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).
Balustrades on the roof top floors were also requested after Cllr Colacicco mentioned the possible health and safety risk of a coin being thrown from the roof.
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
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
understand the planning committee are due to visit the above site
tomorrow (Saturday 2nd April) morning regarding planning application
I write to kindly urge the Planning Committee to give the following viewpoint
due weight during their deliberations whilst they conduct tomorrow's
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.
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) twicethe height of the opposite existing Elm Court flats and nearly threetimes the height of the existing Chesterfield House office block.
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).
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
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