Search

Irregularity complaint made against Willesden Green Library redevelopment plans

PUBLISHED: 08:00 09 March 2013

Library campaigners outside Brent Town Hall

Library campaigners outside Brent Town Hall

Archant

Historian claims councillors were not made of all the facts before they voted through scheme

Concerns have been raised over redeveloping Willesden Green Library after a complaint was made to the council claiming an “irregularity” in the plans.

Historian Philip Grant said that councillors on the planning committee, which approved the scheme last month, were not made aware of all the facts before voting.

In a letter to the council’s director of legal procurement, Mr Grant says that officers who prepared the report should have declared an interest due to them working with council officer Andy Donald, who was involved with the project.

Mr Grant, who claims the council has breached the planning code of practice, said it was clear there were parts of the report which were not impartial and that declaring an interest would have offered greater transparency.

Code of practice

Brent’s planning code of practice ‘‘seeks to ensure that officers and members consider and decide planning matters in an open and transparent manner’’.

He said: “The committee needs to at least review its decision to grant consent to this application. They were not aware of all of the relevant facts.

‘The code is meant to ensure that planning decisions are not only made fairly, but that they are seen to be made fairly, and that has not happened here.”

The scheme will see Willesden Green Library knocked down and turned into a “cultural centre.” In its place would also be 95 new flats.

Following the council’s decision to grant consent it is now up to Eric Pickles, secretary of state for communities and local government, to rubber stamp the plans.

A Brent Council spokesman said: “Any complaint made to the chief executive or borough solicitor by a resident of the borough will be looked at and considered seriously and dealt with following the proper processes.”

Latest Kilburn & Brent News Stories

44 minutes ago

Labour kept all three seats up for grabs in the deferred Willesden Green election held yesterday.

A poodle was dumped on the busy North Circular road in the middle of the night.

07:45

Do you know this man? He’s wanted by Brent Police in connection with a stabbing in Wembley.

Yesterday, 16:17

Free creative writing workshops are taking place in Willesden Green Library this month.

Yesterday, 16:06

Small and medium-sized firms in Brent will be hired for £60 million worth of construction work.

Yesterday, 13:20

A head tenant who changed the locks on a property that was being illegally sublet to 35 men has been jailed.

Yesterday, 13:18

Cricklewood is set to come alive this weekend with the annual Cricklewood Festival, with a flock of sculpted sheep set to drop in.

Yesterday, 11:47

Author Kamila Shamsie spoke to the Times ahead of her talk at the Preston Community Library on Tuesday evening.

PROMOTED CONTENT

The Granville has begun taking bookings for workspaces and events ahead of its opening this spring.

Brent Clinical Commissioning Group has announced changes to the community’s cardiology service.

If you have been looking for laser hair removal, beauty salon treatments, or skin care services you may be confused and overwhelmed with so much information out there and so many clinics and salons promising miraculous results.

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now

Newsletter Sign Up

Kilburn Times twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most Read Kilburn News

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Brent & Kilburn Times
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now