Hundreds sign a petition urging the council to save popular Dollis Hollis shopping parade
PUBLISHED: 13:20 19 July 2017 | UPDATED: 13:20 19 July 2017
Hundreds of people have signed a petition urging the council to review its decision to allow developers to demolish a popular shopping parade in Dollis Hill.
Brent Council planning chiefs gave the green light for City and Suburban Homes (CSH) to demolish all existing buildings and garages in Gladstone Parade, Edgware Road, and redevelop the area at a meeting on June 28.
More than 250 residents and traders have hit out at the plans to destroy the 1920s parade which will be turned into a five storey building with 38 flats, retail space and a pub on the ground floor.
Sona Lisa Bose, who started the petition, said: “Many hundreds of Brent’s residents are astonished, worried, and dismayed by Brent giving such a disastrous development the go-ahead, against the advice and wishes of the community, school and our three ward councillors.”
Campaigners claim people were not properly consulted, and that shopkeepers were not told their livelihoods would be destroyed.
There are accusations of omissions in the planning documents, including objections from a primary school nearby.
Alison Hopkins, chair of the Dollis Hill Residents’ Association, said: “This shows the depths of sheer fury which hundreds of local people feel. Yet again we have been ignored by Brent Council who seem to put the interests of developers from outside the area over those who live here. We are then sacrificed for massive profits and unaffordable housing.”
A spokeswoman for Brent Council said: “The application was publicised in accordance with our standard practice which is above our statutory duty.
"The planning committee has resolved to grant planning permission, taking all responses that related to material planning considerations into account.
“This is subject to a conditions and a legal agreement which will secure, amongst other things, measures to ensure the development contributes towards the borough’s energy and air quality objectives.”
A CSH spokeswoman declined to comment when approached by the Brent & Kilburn Times.