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One week to fight appeal to build tower blocks on ‘tiny bit of land’ in Harlesden

PUBLISHED: 15:56 25 July 2018 | UPDATED: 16:07 25 July 2018

Councillors and community members said no to development in Harlesden in 2017 and do so again (Picture: michelemartinoli.com)

Councillors and community members said no to development in Harlesden in 2017 and do so again (Picture: michelemartinoli.com)

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The battle is back on to stop proposed high density tower blocks dominating a small corner of Harlesden.

Last October Brent’s planning committee chiefs threw out an application by Beckley Group to redevelop a former warehouse site in a narrow strip of land in Manor Park Road.

But now the developers have lodged an appeal with the government’s planning inspectorate and the community have until August 3 - just a week - to object.

The developers wish to change the warehouse use from “industrial” to “residential” use with a further seven-storey extension above it to accommodate 24 flats.

A further block of eight storeys containing 21 flats with a “very narrow entrance” to the site is also planned.

Brent Council’s planning committee went against its own officers’ recommendations to reject the application to the delight of Kensal Green councillors and local neighbours.

Campaigner Ian Britton, said: “We are really surprised that the developer has gone ahead with an appeal to the planning inspectorate, there were so many reasons why the plans were turned down.

“At almost 26 metres high the flats would be much higher than surrounding buildings and most importantly would overlook nearby schools. Add to this almost no outside play space for children. It’s clear that the design was just trying to cram in too many people in a small space.

“What is the developer’s real motive? Is it to provide good quality housing, or is it his profit margin?”

Kensal Green’s Cllr Matt Kelcher said: “I completely understand the need for more housing in Brent and will support building schemes which are viable and sustainable. Unfortunately this proposal is too dense - 45 families crammed into a small space with little amenity space - too high - eight stories overlooking a girls’ secondary school - and too dangerous - no access for emergency vehicles and further reducing air quality on the same street as one of the fifty most polluted schools in London. That’s why I’m urging all local people to get in touch with the planning inspectorate before their deadline of August 3. Don’t leave it too late.”

To object people must include their name, address, their objection and the reference APP/T5150/W18/3194879 | Manor Park Works NW10 4JJ | Brent Ref 17/2331

By Email: NIEnquiries@pins.gsi.gov.uk

By Post: Mr Sean Ernsting, The Planning Inspectorate, Room 3N, Temple Quay House, 2 The Square, Temple Quay, Bristol, BS1 6PN

Or Online: https://acp.planninginspectorate.gov.uk/ViewCase.aspx?caseid=3194879 and click “make representation”

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