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Wembley arch vanishing? Fears as council waves in further planning changes

PUBLISHED: 12:14 23 August 2018 | UPDATED: 12:49 23 August 2018

Danny John Jules lives in Brent (Pic credit: Ian West/PA Wire)

Danny John Jules lives in Brent (Pic credit: Ian West/PA Wire)

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More of Wembley Stadium’s iconic arch is set to disappear from view after council chiefs agreed changes to surrounding developments.

Brent Council’s planning committee voted in favour of “minor alterations” to various plots at the site which will see some buildings increase in height by 21 metres.

These include moving a pavement and increasing the height of three blocks on the corner of Fulton Road and Olympic Way.

It means more of the stadium will be blocked out when viewed from Wembley Park station, and further changes to the landscape.

Following the meeting on August 15, Wembley Green Party campaigner Martin Francis said: “This is Quintain 1, Wembley Stadium 0, unofficially assisted by Brent Council.

“It’s clear that the stadium is slowly disappearing and being nibbled at the edges.

“The original plan to protect the view of the iconic stadium arches has been thrown on the scrap heap. It’s clear that now Quintain gets away with almost anything.”

Cllr Lia Colacicco (Lab, Mapesbury) voted against the proposals based on the new view of the arch and committee chair Cllr James Denselow (Lab, Queen’s Park) chose to abstain.

But regeneration giant Quintain and Brent planning officers convinced the other members of the redesign’s merits.

A Quintain spokesperson said: “It will facilitate an improved relationship with the surrounding buildings.

“While the changes are minor in their nature, they come together to provide meaningful benefits to these plots.”

He said negotiations were taking place with the NHS for a new health centre.

The committee asked whether it was possible to achieve changes without building upwards.

But David Glover, Brent’s development manager, said while it could be done without pushing the height up, it was not deemed to be harmful overall.

He added that all planning aspects, including the impact on landmarks such as Wembley, were considered when the report was compiled.

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