Friday, 20 June 2014

Brent Council consults on new Local Plan and development management

Following the story below on the South Kilburn Queen's Park Place development, readers may be interested in this from Brent Council:

We are updating our planning policies to shape the future of Brent.

We are consulting on the draft Development Management Policies Document, which will guide how we determine future planning applications.

Once adopted it will form part of the Local Plan, and supersede saved UDP policies.
The policies deal with important issues such as:
  • promoting strong town centres by setting limits on the number of takeaways, betting shops, pawnbrokers and payday loan shops
  • limiting takeaways and shisha cafes near schools
  • seeking the quality, size and type of homes the borough needs
  • boosting the economy, protecting open space and community facilities.
This is an opportunity for local people and organisations to say what you think about the proposed policies.

The period for consultation runs from 20 June to 31 July 2014. During this period we are also consulting on the accompanying Sustainability Appraisal, and associated alterations to the Core Strategy and Policies Map. All documents can be downloaded below.
Copies of these documents can also be viewed in all Brent libraries during the consultation period.

Policy evidence base

How to have your say

During the consultation period you can complete our online comment form.
Alternatively you can provide detailed comments on the document itself.
You can also email or write to: Planning Policy and Projects Team, Brent Civic Centre, Engineers Way, Wembley, Middlesex, HA9 0FJ.
The deadline for receiving your comments is 5pm on 31 July 2014.
There are also opportunities to find out more about the policies at drop-in sessions where council officers will be on hand to answer your questions. These will take place at:
All comments received will be taken into account before the Development Management Policies Document is modified and taken forward to the next stage.


  1. Is this also an outlet for opinions on assets of community value? E.g. libraries & pubs?

  2. P86 of this document makes interesting reading re Kensal Rise Library and loss of 80% D1 space. It would seem that if officers accept Gillicks proposal it should be "Affordable," whatever "Affordable" means.

    Loss of Social Infrastructure
    Loss of social infrastructure, including redundant premises and land, will only be acceptable in exceptional
    circumstances where:
    a. a replacement facility of at least equivalent quality and quantity is provided on the site or at a suitable
    alternative location; or
    b. it can be demonstrated there is no longer a need for the social infrastructure facility. Where this is the
    case, evidence will be required to show that the loss would not create, or add to, a shortfall in provision for
    the specific community use and demonstrate that there is no demand for any other suitable social infrastructure
    on the site.
    Where the loss of social infrastructure is acceptable, the council’s preferred new use will be affordable

  3. Not sure that Brent Council are interested in receiving responses on this consultation as when you try to fill in the form it tells you that 'This field must contain a valid number.'

    I suspect that I am like the majority of residents in Brent and not as up on my binary codes as the council appears to think.

    For the mean time, I've found a free binary code translator online (

  4. LOL! '...protecting green spaces and community facilities'. Sounds like the council, officers and politicians, is trying to assuage residents in the wake of the LTP fiasco which led to six libraries being closed to help fund the top-down 'grand projet' of the 25%-vacant Civic Centre with its oversubscribed central library where it's hard for school pupils to find a seat and the council is now touting for commercial firms to fill the top two floors - the LTP? This was surely an officer-led idea...?

    But as always, it's actions, not words, that will prove serious intent regarding 'community facilities', so should the latest Kensal Rise Library application be refused permission if/when it comes before planning again - the outcome of the Brent police investigation may yet have a bearing on proceedings - KRL, an Asset of Community Value, should be returned to Kensal Rise under a compulsory purchase order, to be run by FKRL.

  5. One important thing to watch out for is the number of massive Tower Blocks the plan will allow. The outline plans around Wembley Stadium already allow a number of 28 storey monsters. What about the site of Copland School and other sites in existing residential areas?

    The two storey houses in large parts of Alperton are already being dwarfed by tall buildings being built at present.