Fury as Brent's planning committees approves 'another high-rise' hotel in Wembley
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A furious resident has said the number of hotels near her home in Wembley are “killing” the community, after another was approved by councillors.
Brent Council’s planning committee unanimously granted permission for a new six storey hotel in Wembley Hill Road, at the site of the former Allied Irish Bank building.
This was despite objections from neighbouring properties.
Fabi Morini, of Mostyn Avenue, said: “This side of Wembley is already saturated with hotels – there is absolutely no need for another high-rise building. There is no benefit.
“The pollution is killing us, the roads can’t cope anymore, the residents can’t cope anymore.”
She said people living in the area would be “more understanding” if an application for genuinely affordable housing had been put forward.
Ms Morini added the presence of another hotel would exacerbate problems that occur during event days at Wembley Stadium and Wembley Arena, a situation highlighted during the recent Euro 2020 tournament.
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She spoke of “more traffic, more rubbish and more noise” for residents to deal with and suggested they are often “fighting for parking spaces” which they already pay for.
There were also concerns about the potential disruption during construction.
Ms Morini pointed out residents have “the right to keep windows open”, particularly during hot weather, without the fear of being disturbed.
Oliver Coleman, representing Wembley Hill Hotels Ltd, explained the hotel would replace a “redundant building that has been vacant for six years”.
Mr Coleman noted the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic has had on the hospitality industry but that his client is “optimistic in their ability to support the community” going forward.
He pointed out any concerns around the impact of building noise would be eased by the commitment to a construction logistics plan and, if coaches need to use the site, a detailed coach management plan would need to be submitted.
Brent Council planning officers, who recommended the committee approve the application, noted there is no need for the applicant to commit to an employment or apprenticeship scheme due to the size of the proposed development.
However, they explained a £300,000 community infrastructure levy contribution would form part of the scheme, which would support the local environment.