5-6 Park Parade, Harlesden, NW10
A combination of local residents and organisations were claiming success today after Brent Council turned down a planning application for conversion of currently empty premises at 5-6 Park Parade, Harlesden, into a betting shop AND adult gaming centre.
78 objections were received in total inclusive of objections from Councillors, Harlesden Neighbourhood Forum and Harlesden Area Action Group, the Police Safer Neighbourhood Team and the Salvation Army.
Wembley Matters wrote about the planning application in May: Gambling Harlesden's Future.
A closely argued officers' report refers back to the Planning Inspectorate's report on an earlier appeal. It is worth looking at the officer's Final Delegated Report for the detailed arguments on planning issues as the applicant may well appeal again.
The grounds for refusal of the application are summarised as:
The proposed change of use would result in an unacceptable over-concentration of Adult Gaming Centres, it would harm the vitality and viability of Harlesden Town Centre. The proposed development is contrary to DMP 1 and BE5 of the Brent Local Plan 2019-2041.The proposed development fails to accord with the development plan and there are no site specific circumstances or material consideration to justify diverting from the policy in this instance.