Brent Transportation has submitted comments that support the objections of local Newland Court and Grendon Gardens residents over the effect of the application on parking. These are some key extracts:
The conclusion is:'When coupled with future demand from the proposed houses, it is likely that 31-35 cars would seek parking within the estate. With only 12 spaces proposed, a considerable amount of parking would be displaced onto surrounding streets.''The only locations with reasonable parking capacity are Barn Rise and Grendon Gardens, but only limited stretches of these roads are within a 200m walk from the development. As such, there is considered to be insufficient spare on-street capacity to accommodate displaced car parking from this development.'
'RECOMMENDATIONS:- This proposal should be resisted as it stands, on the grounds that the development would add to on-street parking demand in an area that is unable to safely accommodate a significant amount parking, to the detriment of on-street parking conditions and contrary to Local Plan Policy BT2.'
This follows critical comments LINK by Julie Hughes, Brent Principal Trees Officer that also
I have significant concerns relating to the impact that this development will have on protected trees…it is my belief that there will still be a significant amount of pressure on the Council to allow works to lop, top and fell trees which are currently protected by virtue of growing within the Conservation Area boundary, if the proposals go ahead as planned. The current spread of the trees is as would be expected for trees of this maturity, although it is likely that the Lime trees forming G4 and G6 will be re-pollarded at intervals. The construction of these dwellings in such close proximity to these trees is likely to lead to future pressure to lop, top or fell these trees due to concerns from the residents for their safety and for other associated general nuisance issues.
The scale of the proposed units is such that there is very minimal useable amenity space most of which will be overhung by tree canopies, as will most of the units.
In summary I have some significant concerns regarding the increased pressure that will be placed on the Council to permit lopping, topping or felling the trees within the rear gardens of Grendon Gardens, and the impact that this will have on both the visual amenity of the local area, and specifically the adjacent Barn Hill Conservation Area,
The full Brent Transportion report is below:
Philip Grant has been campaigning energetically on this blog and in correspondence with Brent Council for planning applications from the Council itself, to its own Planning Committee, should be treated with probity and subject to the same scrutiny and standards as applications from external developers.