The site in Barham park that could be developed as a result of today's Barham Park Trust Committee Decision
Thanks to Philip Grant for drawing this decision to my attention.
In articles by myself LINK and Gaynor Lloyd LINK and comments on the articles by local residents both on this blog and on social media attention has been drawn to the danger posed to Barham Park, and by implication other Brent parks, of development on the open space of 776 and 778 Harrow Road (above). A previous application to demolish the flats and build a block of flats had been withdrawn by the developer after local protests in what noew looks like a short-lived 'triumph' LINK.
Not withstanding these objections, a comprehensive email from Philip Grant to the Cabinet members who serve on the Barham Park Trust Committee has received no response. This morning the Committee, under the chairmanship of Brent Council leader Muhammed Butt, approved the recommendation LINK:
To authorise the Operational Director for Environmental Services to enter into discussions with the owners of 776-778 Harrow Road to explore the possibilities of reaching agreement to amend the restricting covenants on that property for the benefit of the Trust.'
Councillor Stephens declared a personal interest as a Sudbury local ward councillor.
Councillor Krupa Sheth, Lead Member for the Environment, was elected Vice Chair of the Trust Committee. As mentioned in previous articles on this subject, all the Trust Committee members are also members of the Brent Cabinet.
Until the full minutes are released we will not know how much discussion, if any, there was on
this important point of principle, with potentially serious consequences for
future building development within Barham Park and other Brent parks.
Although this is not deemed to be a Key Decision, IT IS SUBJECT TO CALL-IN, see LINK
The decision will take effect on 9th September, if it is not "called-in" by Wednesday 8th September.
Let's hope some of our braver and more environmentally committed Councillors organise a call-in and challenge the developers' facilitators.