From Keith Anderson, Chair, Kilburn Village Residents Association
Brent is playing games with both local neighbours and estate residents over the huge “Infill” project for extra housing on Kilburn Square
· After superficial “consultation” on the Estate for months, Zoom meetings with local community groups were due in early May…
· … then postponed for two months while the project team “reviewed the designs”
· They led us to expect that a smaller Plan B, which they clearly now have in the drawer, would be what we discuss next week
· But no, the meetings will be based on the original Plan A
· Cynics are connecting this with the likely shortfall in the GLA money they can spend, and the net extra units that will be achieved there; I make no comment
· But we have now launched a petition for a smaller project: http://chng.it/xwxLyYcDhP
· Please sign and share!
And if any reader lives in Kilburn (Brent), Kilburn (Camden) or Queen’s Park Wards and would like to get involved, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
This is the wording of the petition:
Brent wants to build an extra 180 council homes
on the existing site in North London, including:
• A second 17-storey TOWER, next to the highly polluted Kilburn High Road
• A 5–7 storey Extra Care building
• Three more new 5-storey blocks, removing mature trees, a playground, a football pitch and open green space
Including a new block just completed, this would be an increase of over 80% on the original estate population – on exactly the same footprint.
This would mean real overcrowding, huge impact on the skyscape and light and privacy for both residents and neighbours, damage to our neighbourhood’s precious Green Lung, concerns about security, more on-street parking, pressure on local services, huge noise and disruption for the whole area during construction.
This simply does not make sense!
We have seen no supporting surveys or analyses, and it’s NOT in the Local Plan. Estate residents are being ‘consulted’ on details; but not on the scale of the scheme. They have worked hard to create a friendly, well-balanced and crime-free estate. A plan on this scale would completely transform its character and the sense of place built up over decades, and impact the local community as a whole.
We recognise Brent has an acute housing need, but this plan is much too big. The Council should revert to the smaller plan being studied last summer, while prioritising the improved housing units for current tenants.
Brent’s Director of Housing told a recent Scrutiny Committee meeting Brent ‘would not want to force homes on anyone’ – we ask that he honours these words.
So, we call upon Brent Council, and the Greater London Authority, to
1. Reduce the size of the development to 70–75 units and protect the open space for the resident and local community, to meet GLA and Brent best design practice.
2. Set the housing proposals within the wider context of the plans for upgrading the Kilburn High Road frontage.
Please join us and sign our petition! HERE
To find out more, visit https://save-our-square.org or email us at email@example.com to join the campaign. See also: https://www.kilburntimes.co.uk/news/kilburn-residents-against-over-development-7979330