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37 new homes could be built in Brent – but neighbours raise concerns over ‘loss of green space and privacy’

PUBLISHED: 13:05 05 June 2018

Brent Civic Centre.

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Brent Council’s planning committee will decide whether to approve a series of housing developments in the borough at a meeting tomorrow.

It comes as part of a drive to create more homes throughout Brent as London wrestles with a housing crisis.

A set of garages in Kings Drive, Wembley, could make way for four new affordable bungalows and 25 parking spaces for those living nearby.

The development has been praised for its commitment to providing affordable homes but opposition from neighbouring properties means it will be brought before the planning committee.

Concerns have been raised over increased noise pollution and a loss of privacy, while the design of the bungalows have been criticised as residents suggested they “look like holiday homes”.

But the proposal has been put forward for approval, with planning officers noting that the additional, affordable, homes would be a good use of the site.

Parking issues, and significant changes to the landscape, were some of the objections relating to another site in Sudbury Court Road.

The planning committee will vote on the suggestion to demolish a two-storey building there and replace it with a new four-storey building made-up of eight new flats.

A similar situation will be discussed for the site known as the Orchard in Stonebridge Park.

Planning officials have suggested that a development compromising two two-bedroom and three three-bedroom homes is granted planning permission.

This, they argue, will provide more affordable housing, though the amount – at 20 per cent – has been criticised by those opposed to it.

There are also some concerns over its impact on the green space in the surrounding area.

And a development in Ealing Road, Wembley, could see 20 new homes given the green light.

Currently, there is a narrow strip of industrial units at the site. But officers believe the creation of these new homes – of which one-fifth would be affordable – would be more beneficial to the borough.

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