The proposed four 3 storey houses in Barham Park
Residents who have made comments on funfair supremo and developer, George Irvin's, controversial application to build four 3 storey houses in Barham Park, have been surprised to receive letters apparently restricting attendance at the Planning Committee that will decide the application on June 12th.
The letter (below) cites Covid restrictions but these were not in evidence at the Council's Annual General Meeting and currently not in evidence in the public areas of the Civic Centre.
The UK Government website says, 'There are no coronavirus (Covid-19) restrictions in the UK.'
Despite widespread opposition to this proposal the Chief Planner is recommending approval.
TOWN AND COUNTRY PLANNING ACT 1990 (as amended) THE PLANNING COMMITTEE
Re: 776 & 778, Harrow Road, Wembley, HA0 2HE
I refer to the planning application for the above site which proposes:-
Demolition of 2 existing dwellings and construction of 4x new three storey dwellinghouses, associated cycle and refuse storage, amenity space and boundary treatment
The application will be formally considered at the meeting of the Planning Committee on 12 June, 2023 starting at 6pm.
As a result of the current regulations allowing the Council to hold meetings of the Planning Committee remotely coming to an end, the Council is now required to hold this as a socially distanced physical (face to face) meeting.
This meeting of the Committee has therefore been arranged to take place in the Conference Hall, at the Civic Centre.
As we are still operating under existing Covid restrictions, capacity within the meeting venue has been strictly limited to ensure compliance with the necessary social distancing guidelines.
We are therefore encouraging those who wish to observe proceedings to continue doing so via the live webstream which we will continue to make available on the Council’s website:
It is possible to speak at the Committee Meeting, which (in advance of the current restrictions coming to an end) can continue to be undertaken online (including via the telephone) or now, as an alternative, in person at the meeting, subject to the restrictions set out in the Council's Standing Order. These provide for one objector and/or one supporter of the application to speak. The Chair has the discretion to increase this to two people from each side. In doing this, the Chair will give priority to occupiers nearest to the application site or representing a group of people.
To address the committee you must notify Executive and Member Services by 5 pm on the working day before the committee meeting. Please email email@example.com or telephone the Executive and Member Services Officer, Mrs Dev Bhanji, on 07786 681276 during office hours. If you would prefer to attend the physical meeting to speak in person then please could you indicate this when notifying us of your request, as attendance will need to be strictly managed on the night. This may involve you having to wait in a separate area outside of the meeting room until you are called to speak.
The Chief Planner's recommendation for this application is to Grant Consent
Following expressions of concern from local residents about the restriction on attendance at the consideration of a very controversial planning application, Sudbury Lib Dem councillor Paul Lorber has written to Brent Council:
This is a very odd letter to be sent to Councillors and residents about a Planning Meeting.There are no COVID restrictions in place and none were applied at the recent Council AGM.This has confused resident concerned about this controversial Planning Application and given an impression that residents are being dissuaded from attending and show the strength of local opposition.Can you please clarify the position and if the letter and references to COVID restrictions were sent in error a new notification sent out and if appropriate the item postponed to a later date.Regards,Paul Lorber