D-Day for residents campaigning against flats proposals in Harlesden and Willesden

PUBLISHED: 17:41 12 March 2014 | UPDATED: 10:38 13 March 2014

D-Day for residents in Harlesden, above, and those in Willesden

D-Day for residents in Harlesden, above, and those in Willesden


Today is D-Day for residents who have campaigned against the development of flats near their homes.

Planning chiefs will meet later this evening to discuss the fate of proposals to construct a five-storey building containing 22 flats on the ex-Willesden New Social Club site in Rucklidge Avenue, Harlesden.

They will also decide the fate of the Queensbury Pub in Walm Lane, Willesden, which developers wish to demolish and replace with new homes.

Nina Fento, who lives on Rucklidge Avenue, previously told the Times that the proposed new homes would infringe on her privacy, as her rear garden will be overlooked by the terraces on the upper floors.

She added: “The shops to the ground floor level will create traffic and parking problems and add to the congestion we already have here.”

Supporters of the popular Save the Queensbury pub campaign, which has received backing from famous figures including former Mayor of London Ken Livingstone and boyband The Wanted, plan to speak out this evening about the unpopular plans.

The proposals would see the pub reduced to rubble and replaced with tower block of flats comprising of 56 residential apartments, 23 car parking spaces and a community space.

The plans have been given the stamp of approval by planning officers, but tonight’s committee will ultimately make the final decision.

Ian Elliott, a member of the Save the Queensbury campaign told the Times: “We are disappointed with the decision but nothing has been set in stone.

“It is going to take brave decision by members of the planning committee to go against the recommendations.”

The planning meeting starts at 7pm tonight at Brent civic centre.

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