Brondesbury councillor slams Brent Council over hostel decision delay

Residents opposing the plans for John Barker Court

Residents opposing the plans for John Barker Court - Credit: Archant

Work to convert sheltered homes into a homeless hostel in Brondesbury Park has begun despite a delay on a decision on the building’s future, a councillor claims.

Cllr Carol Shaw says workmen have descended on John Barker Court in Brondesbury Park, sparking anger from residents who oppose the plans.

The Conservative politician said: “Minor works have started.

“They have been cleaning it, furnishing it with beds, putting pots and pans in the kitchenettes. A skip full of rubbish obstructed the fire exit for a week.

“Residents are overwhelmed with what’s happening, it’s one thing after another.”

Under the proposals the building, which has been empty since February, will house up to? families for a year before it is demolished.

New sheltered accommodation catering for people age over 50 will be built in its place.

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Last month, the council waved through the plans but were forced to U-turn after neighbours were not consulted about the proposals.

Some residents, including Cllr Shaw, have strongly opposed the plans saying it will attract anti-behaviour issues and noise.

A final decision will be made at the end of the month.

Cllr Shaw said: “This sets a precedent for other builders and developers. Does that mean that any builder or developer that puts in a planning application can do minor or major work before they get planning permission?

A spokesman for Brent Council said: “The council has carried out minor works that do not require planning consent. Use of the building to provide temporary accommodation for homeless families requires planning consent and an application has been submitted.”