Friday, 14 November 2014

More tall blocks for Wembley Park in Quintain Development Application

The Plan
The Artist's Impression
Despite earlier assurances from Brent Council and Quintain  Developments about the planning of the area around Wembley Stadium, open spaces and preservation of views, it appears to be rapidly becoming a haphazard high density development with the stadium gradually disappearing beind tower blocks.

The above is submitted as part of a planning application for the area behind the Quality Hotel  and Dexion House LINK. The latter is also due to be redeveloped although so far only a hole in the ground has been dug in front of the building and partial demolition started. . Although there is a signboard about Gateway Free School on the front of Dexion House it is not the school site - just where its closed down information office used to be. It is not clear what has happened to the plans for Dexion House which included student accommodation and a swimming pool open to the public.

Some of the blocks will be 20 storeys high. The Civic Centre and Quality Hotel  are nine storeys for comparison.

This new proposal is for land  (NW06) which will be behind the Civic Centre:

This is another mixed proposal (application spelling retained)
Proposed erection of 1- to 20-storey building comprising 370 residential units, 693 sqm of non-residential floorspace (use class A1 (retail), A2 (financial and professional), A3 (cafe/restaurtant), D1 (community) or D2 (assembley and leisure)) and associated residential parking spaces, private communal landscaped garden, ancillary spaces, and associated plant, landscaping, cycle storage and refuse provision.
As readers know many new development have very little parking space in order to reduce traffic congestion and air pollution. Proximity to public transport is often cited as a reason for not providing parking. This site is close to Wembley Park station and several bus routes but has 115 parking places.

Only 10% of the residential units will be affordable, all in one block - and it is not clear what definition of 'affordable' is being used. All blocks will have access to the open space.


Anonymous said...

Quintain and Brent Council planners in league yet again. Reminds me of how the historic City of London has been engulfed by monstrous developments that have buried places like St Paul's Cathedral under these ugly buildings and glass towers.

Now Brent will once again roll over and squabble over how to waste the s106 money that will totally ignore local residents.

These high rise Quintain developments will be the slums of tomorrow, long after the planners and Councillors have left the scene. Morally bankrupt Brent Council - and to hell with the residents.

Anonymous said...

Pretty existence-modules though, aren't they?
The artist's impression of the people in the development sums up how they think of the residents: pale, faceless zombies, incapable of resistance.
A land fit for zeroes.

Mike Hine

Meg Howarth said...

Forget 'affordable' housing, and S106s. Here's how Eric Pickles 'Big Brother' Dept of Communities and Local Government is enabling developers to shred agreed S106s through the 2013 Growth and Infrastructure Act. This enabling legislation allows developers to renegotiate previously agreed ‘affordable’ housing commitments. In short, gerrymandering by central government to curtail the ability of local authorities to make decisions about their boroughs’ housing needs