Fight launched in Queen’s Park to stop business units from being converted into luxury flats
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Traders and residents in Queen’s Park are fighting plans to convert popular business units into a luxury housing development.
Queens Studio in Salusbury Road could be converted into 33 flats if developer QS Land Limited (QSLL) has its way.
Brian Loudon, a consultant at architecture firm Bickerdike Allen Partners in the unit, is also a member of Queen’s Park Residents’ Association (QPRA), which is against the proposals.
He said: “When we took this building in 1982 it was not very nice around here, the area was run down, the building was cheap and the rent was low.
“Now prices around here are going crazy and the site is worth much more than the building.
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“We’re hoping the council will reject the plans citing overdevelopment and loss of employment.”
More than 100 people work in the units, all which have different leases.
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Enza Mistretta, who works at Zorlu UK Limited, a textiles sales and showroom, said her lease was ending in October and her options were limited and “stressful”.
She said: “As soon as our lease expires we’ll have to find alternative premises.
“We have been here for 10 years and are quite established now. Our customers know where we are. When you have been here for so long you don’t want to move elsewhere. It’s a destruction of the business.”
A planning application was sought by QSLL in December to change the use of site. A public consultation held into the proposals was held in October.
According to the developers the proposals “were generally well received and supported”.
Objections have been registered on Brent Council’s website by residents who believe the development is too large and there is a lack of provision for car parking, which will cause a huge problem for people living in nearby streets as will the increase in traffic.
Cllr James Denselow, Labour councillor for Queen’s Park and lead member for stronger communities, said: “The fact that developers are looking to build so many houses and flats in Queen’s Park is testament to what a fantastic place it is to live. That said, you’re very sensitive to the very balance of residential versus commercial and the importance of having a mixed neighbourhood.”
A spokesman for QSLL said: “It is proposed that Queens Studios will be car-free and no residents of the new development will be entitled to parking permits, in line with Brent Council’s policy.
“The consultation is ongoing and QS Land Limited welcome the opportunity to continue to meet with, and speak to, local residents and business about the proposals. Alternatively, comments can be left on our website queensstudios.co.uk or call 0800 458 6976.”