Stop approval of Alperton development that ignores countless planning regulations
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We urge the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, in his stage 2 referral, to reject the proposed development at 245-253 Ealing Road, Alperton. Brent Council have approved the development despite its complete disregard for numerous planning regulations. Many neighbours will be left in darkness all year round thanks to this poorly thought-out scheme.
- 122 neighbouring windows failed daylight tests, with some homes to be left in darkness 365 days a year
- It only a meets half the affordable housing target
- It is triple the maximum housing density in the London Plan
- It fails to meet separation guidelines of 20m (SPG17) between tall buildings, with as little as 9m separating it from existing buildings
- Planners suggested adding access through adjacent land which the developers do not own (ignoring a letter from the owners of that land confirming this) to access the proposed building's refuse stores, as the architects left a route to access the bin rooms which is narrower than the bins themselves
- Planners estimate 60 cars will spill onto neighbouring roads due to the lack of parking provided and suggest a CPZ, but still have no plan for where these cars will go
- It is justified as the area has "excellent transport links", however the area actually has one of the lowest scores for public transport access (PTAL) in the entire borough of Brent
- Cycle parking is provided yet TfL says the roads nearby are unsafe to cycle on
- Inaccurate transport statistics were used in the transport assessment
- The local masterplan emphasises family homes, yet the vast majority of units on the development will be studios or 1 bed, ignoring the plan's recommendations
- Developers closed the existing public house on the site, allowed it to decay, and failed to advertise it for 24 months as required
- Developers claim the 166sqm community/public house space provided in the plan mitigates the additional demand, yet the existing buildings provided over 800sqm of public/retail space, so the 'mitigation' is actually a reduction of 80%.
- Developers failed to engage in consultation with local residents until the week of the committee meeting
It is incredible that such a scheme, which doesn't come close to meeting so many rules and regulations, could ever have been approved in the first place. While the area is a housing zone, approving every application in a box-ticking exercise, without any regard for the poor quality of housing and huge loss of amenity to existing residents it will cause, is irresponsible and will lead to a haphazard and ill-conceived environment. We urge the Mayor to step in and protect residents from this building which will blight their lives for decades to come.
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