As reported by Wembley Matters in June LINK Robert Jenrick, Communities Secretary has called in the development on the TfL car park next to Wembley Park station and referred it to the Planning Inspectorate.
Yesterday the Architects Journal LINK published an article about the call-in writing:
Brent Council’s planning committee unanimously approved the scheme at the end of last year after planning officers backed the proposal.
But Jenrick has now called in the scheme, telling Brent Council he particularly wants to hear about whether the plans will: create a nice place; be consistent with national housing policy; conserve the historic environment; and accord with the local development plan.
The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government declined to comment on Jenrick’s particular areas of concern, pointing out that its policy since 2019 has been not to comment on why applications are called-in.
Make of that what you will.
The Planning Inspector instructed by the Secretary of State is T Gilbert-Wooldridge MRTPI IHBC and the inquiry will open at 10.00am on 28 September 2021. Currently 6 sitting days have been scheduled (provisionally 28 Sept – 1 Oct and 4-5 October).
The joint developer with TfL is Barratt London who have come in for some criticism on social media this morning: