Sunday, 23 July 2017

Update

Head of Planning, Transport and Licensing Alice Lester 21/7/2017:
"The submissions from Cllrs Butt and Ketan Sheth [Tokyngton Ward Cllrs] were considered as part of the background information relating to the application.  For the purposes of the minutes, it is sufficient to refer to their receipt and the contents brought to the attention of Planning Committee members. By reading them out the contents were also brought to the attention of the members of the public also present at the meeting."


Head of Planning, Transport and Licensing Alice Lester 21/7/2017:
"RE: Wembley Stadium Planning Applicaiton
 
In response to your query received on 14 July 2017, Councillor Butt has asked me to respond to you directly on his behalf.
 
You raised two points.
 
Firstly, you asked "why you as leader of Brent Council advise us to write to you directly about what is a planning application".  Councillor Butt is the Tokyington ward member, and so was acting in his capacity as that.
 
Secondly, you asked when and why the  planning description was changed on the Council website. I don't believe it was changed. However there was an intentional difference between the wording on the consultation letter that was sent out, and the formal description of the development which was used on the application form and in the decision letter.  The application description follows our standard protocol for application descriptions but many would find it difficult to understand what the proposal was actually for.  We took the decision to write a description for the consultation letters which described what the change being requested was in a clearer way ."
 

Wembley Champions 13/7/2017:
"Please can you advise why our Leader of Brent Council's comments and Cllr Ketan Sheth's comments, which you read out at planning committee on 23rd March 2017, have not been included in full or summarised text form in our Council's minutes for planning application 17/0368.


To be clear why do the aforementioned minutes only state:
"Alice Lester (Head of Planning) read out in full, the written statements submitted by Councillors Butt and Ketan Sheth (ward members)."
As opposed to being printed in full or in summary (as per Brent resident and business representative speeches)


We understand that both Cllrs are Tokyngton Ward Councillors as stated on our Council website and in the minutes."


Cllr Muhammed Butt 12/7/2017:
"I acknowledge receipt of your enquiry that you have submitted on 12 July 2017.

Your enquiry has been forwarded to the respective department, who will look into your enquiry and make every effort to resolve the issue.

We aim to respond to your enquiry within 30 days."



Wembley Champions 12/7/2017:
"Further to earlier email, writing to you as leader according to your advice, please advise:
1) why you as leader of Brent Council advise us to write to you directly about what is a planning application (which being a planning application is quasi-judicial)?

2) when and
why the following planning description was changed on our Council website (i.e. why was this planning description changed by our Council for planning application 17/0368):



"Full planning application to consider the complete demolition of Wembley Stadium and clearance of the site to provide a 90,000-seat sports and entertainment stadium (Use Class D2), 4750m2 of office accommodation (Use Class B1), banqueting/conference facilities (Use Class D2), ancillary facilities including catering, restaurant (Use Class A3), retail, kiosks (Use Class A1), toilets and servicing space; re-grading of existing levels within the application site and removal of trees, alteration of existing and provision of new access points (pedestrian and vehicular), and parking for up to 458 coaches, 43 mini-buses and 1,200 cars or 2,900 cars (or combination thereof) including 250 Orange Badge parking spaces."

It appears from a resident perspective that our Council has "changed critical evidence" to quote another resident.

As mentioned previously our Council's planning software database may have the answer to this.

We will write again to the Head of planning about the minutes of the planning committee meeting on 23rd March still not displaying your and Cllr Ketan Sheth's printed comments, alongside resident and ward Cllr comments." 


Cllr Muhammed Butt 7/7/2017: "I acknowledge receipt of your enquiry that you have submitted on 7 July 2017.

Your enquiry has been forwarded to the respective department, who will look into your enquiry and make every effort to resolve the issue.

We aim to respond to your enquiry within 30 days."


Wembley Champions 7/7/2017:
Having written to Cllr Shama, as below, on 28th June and 6th July, and in waiting for Cllr Shama's reply, we understand the fixtures timetable is likely to be revised in the next day or two.


Please can you, as our Council Leader, confirm if our Council officers and Cllrs have discussed the below with the Stadium Venue User, or other relevant persons, for the 2017 to 2018 football season?


We note the first extra Event Day of the footy season will start just a few weeks away on 5th August.


Please can you confirm which dates during this footy season the Wembley Stadium Residents Advisory Committee (with all key stakeholders including the police) plan to meet with residents?
Their last communication with Michael Calderbank (that we are aware of) mentioned that they were hopeful of meeting but did not confirm this (can forward on to you if it helps).
- Will the first meeting be before the 5th August? If so, please may residents, who may wish to attend, have the details, so as to be able to plan to attend. As previously mentioned, [Denise Cheong] will not be able to attend any meetings, but Wembley Champions will continue to support the community as best we can.


What are the contact details of the Stadium Venue user's Community Liason representative? 
When will they be making contact with residents and businesses?


Thank you again for taking the time to meet with us and the rest of the Task Force on 11th April and also for the offer of a further meeting on 26th June. Apologies again that we were not able to meet in June.


We hope to hear from you or relevant Cllrs or Council officers shortly. This is to provide some reassurance to residents and businesses that our Council is acting out of duty of care for residents and businesses with the utmost, in the case of this planning application 17/0368, event management to safeguard quality of life.   
Brent Council 17th March 2017:
Location: Wembley National Stadium, Olympic Way, Wembley, HA9 0WS

 
Proposal: Proposed variation of condition 3 (event cap, to allow 31 additional full capacity events) and removal of condition 33 (temporary traffic management) of planning permission reference 99/2400, which was for:

 
Full planning application to consider the complete demolition of Wembley Stadium and clearance of the site to provide a 90,000-seat sports and entertainment stadium (Use Class D2), 4750m2 of office accommodation (Use Class B1), banqueting/conference facilities (Use Class D2), ancillary facilities including catering, restaurant (Use Class A3), retail, kiosks (Use Class A1), toilets and servicing space; re-grading of existing levels within the application site and removal of trees, alteration of existing and provision of new access points (pedestrian and vehicular), and parking for up to 458 coaches, 43 mini-buses and 1,200 cars or 2,900 cars (or combination thereof) including 250 Orange Badge parking spaces.

 
As approved, condition 3 stated that for two years following completion of the stadium, subject to the completion of specific improvement works to Wembley Park Station and construction of roads known as Estate Access Corridor and Stadium Access Corridor, the number of major sporting events held at the stadium in any one year was restricted to no more than 22 (to exclude European Cup and World Cup events where England/UK is the host nation), and the number of major non-sporting events to 15. After this, additional events over and above this were permitted subject to the number of spectators being limited to the capacity of the lower and middle tiers of the stadium. The proposal would allow for up to an additional 22 major sporting Tottenham Hotspur Football Club (THFC) events between 1 August 2017 and 31 July 2018.

 
A major event (which may or may not include THFC) would be considered to be an event in the stadium bowl with a capacity in excess of 10,000 people.

 
The application includes the submission of an Environmental Statement.
 
Please see the attached letter.


Brent Council 17/3/2017 This is the attached letter:
You will recently have received two separate pieces of information about the planning application submitted by Wembley National Stadium Limited to vary the cap which restricts the number of major events held at Wembley Stadium. We wrote to you because you commented on the application, and we now want to let you know about the next steps in the process.The first communication, sent on 16th March 2017 by either email or letter was a repeat of an earlier consultation letter giving you 21 days to comment, rather than the committee notification letter. I do apologise for this and would like to reiterate that the consultation period has now closed 

– please disregard this communication. 

The second communication stated that the Planning Committee will meet to consider the application on Thursday 23rd March 2017 is correct, however, the meeting will COMMENCE AT 6.30pm – not the usual Committee starting time of 7pm, as stated as the default time, in the communication sent on 17th March 2017. 
Please treat this as the correct information: 

That the above application 17/0368 will be heard at Planning Committee on Thursday 23rd March 2017 and the meeting will start at 18:30 / 6:30pm at Brent Civic Centre.

Please accept our apologies for any confusion this may have caused.


This was the original consultation letter:






Thursday, 20 July 2017

Reminder today's Thursday 20th meeting

Brent Council: Thursday 20th July Tavistock Hall, Harlesden, NW10 4NE 6pm-9pm 


We have emailed our Council to reach a positive outcome.

Monday, 17 July 2017

Update meetings with Brent Council

Provisional extra Wembley Stadium event days are on Council website.

Confirmed days are in previous listing.

Questions can be discussed with Brent Council:

Wednesday 19th July ‘The Bridge’ Civic Centre, Wembley 6pm-9pm

Thursday 20th July Tavistock Hall, Harlesden, NW10 4NE 6pm-9pm 

 





Chesterfield House 26 Storey Twin Towers Site

Updates on the build:

 "HUB is committed to delivering homes that are well designed, and most importantly safe. We work closely with our partners from design-stage through to completion to ensure our homes are fully compliant with building regulation requirements, including those for fire safety. The tragic events at Grenfell Tower clearly bring the importance of those safety checks into sharp focus, but we can guarantee that the proposed scheme at Chesterfield House will be specified and delivered in full compliance with all modern standards."

"The build will be commencing very soon as we have now pretty much finished demolition of the original building, and is expected to be complete early in 2020. We’ll be sending out regular newsletters to surrounding residents to keep everyone informed of progress and upcoming activities as we go along."

"Information will also be displayed on the site hoarding"









Sunday, 16 July 2017

Extra Stadium Event Days Correspondence

We asked for the speeches of 
Cllr Muhammed Butt and Cllr Ketan Sheth (both Tokyngton Ward Councillors. That's the ward that Wembley Stadium is in) 
to be included in the minutes for 23rd March 2017 extra Wembley National Stadium Event Days planning committee.




Alice Lester, Head of Planning, Transport and Licensing:
"The submissions from Cllrs Butt and Ketan Sheth were considered as part of the background information relating to the application.  For the purposes of the minutes, it is sufficient to refer to their receipt and the contents brought to the attention of Planning Committee members. By reading them out the contents were also brought to the attention of the members of the public also present at the meeting."


Leader of Brent Council, Cllr Muhammed Butt:
"I acknowledge receipt of your enquiry that you have submitted on 12 July 2017.

Your enquiry has been forwarded to the respective department, who will look into your enquiry and make every effort to resolve the issue.

We aim to respond to your enquiry within 30 days."


Leader of Brent Council, Cllr Muhammed Butt:
"I acknowledge receipt of your enquiry that you have submitted on 7 July 2017.

Your enquiry has been forwarded to the respective department, who will look into your enquiry and make every effort to resolve the issue.

We aim to respond to your enquiry within 30 days."


Brent Council have invited residents to Community events to discuss







Thursday, 13 July 2017

Updates

Confirmed Extra Wembley Stadium Event Days so far

Sunday August 5th at 5:30pm: Juventus vs Tottenham Hotspurs

Sunday August 20th at 4pm: Chelsea vs Tottenham Hotspurs

Sunday August 27th at 4pm: Burnley vs Tottenham Hotspurs

Saturday September 16th 5:30pm: Swansea City vs Tottenham Hotspurs




To be clear: 
The home match vs Chelsea, previously set for Saturday August 19th, will now be played on Sunday August 20th at 4pm.

The match vs Burnley, rescheduled due to the Rugby Challenge Cup final, will be played on Sunday August 27th at 4pm.

The match vs Swansea City on Saturday September 16th will remain on that day, but with a 5:30pm kick-off.






Thursday, 6 July 2017

Update

We are continuing to correspond with our Council. Our last email was to Cllr Shama Tatler (Lead for Regen, Growth, Employment and Skills) on 28th June to clarify a few Qs. We will continue to try to reach a positive outcome.

We also sent an email to Cllr Muhammed Butt, Leader of Brent Council and Tokyngton Ward Councillor, last Friday 7th July.

We note that an article appeared in the press yesterday about Tottenham allocating 5,000 tickets with priority access to our Council residents. This appears to answer the below:

In our 11th April Task Force meeting minutes:
Michael Calderbank of Wembley Park Residents Association, (thousand+ residents who live pretty much right next to Wembley National stadium) asked "What about local residents who are impacted?"

Cllr Muhammed Butt replied: "Yes they will be contacted too, in priority of schools, Charities, residents and then councillors."

Other questions we are finding info on:
Denise Cheong "Back to agenda, key issue quality of life for elderly Brent residents, "fear of being prisoners" [verbatim, as in to quote their words]." This is what residents living in closest proximity (Wembley Park Residents' Association) to the stadium have informed Wembley Champions. Other age groups closest to the stadium have also mentioned this.

Michael Calderbank of Wembley Park Residents' Association "Some residents frightened of leaving their homes on event days."
Cllr Muhammed Butt  "Not sure how we would assist with this. Perhaps carers hub option to help. Could ask community engagement team."

This is the latest information from Cllr Shama Tatler that we have on this:
"Residents can raise any concerns directly with the council and/or the FA.
The Pensioner’s Forum, a dormant sub-group of Brent Connects, is currently under review with a completion date of mid-August 2017. Should it be reinstated, it will be an effective support mechanism for elderly residents in the borough. In short-term, the forum’s Chair, Vi Steele, is still actively engaging with older people in Brent.

Also to be secured via S106 [section 106 funds that are associated with large scale development planning permission]:

Community Engagement Resource – Wembley National Stadium Limited (WNSL) will employ a dedicated Community Engagement member of staff to support the communications and engagement with local residents, businesses and Brent Council. This will be support by Totten Hotspur Football Club’s (THFC’s) community relations and communications team.

Coordinated Communications – Brent Council, WNSL and THFC will produce a coordinated comprehensive communications programme dedicated to ensuring residents have greater awareness and knowledge of the full events calendar, Event Day start and kick off times and the measures being taken to mitigate their impact. These communication channels will include:
- Brent Magazine
- Council’s resident database
- THFC, WNSL and Brent website and social media channels
- Local newspapers and radio
- Other potential advertising across local transport hubs"


Being updated. More to follow soon