Friday, 1 February 2013

Brent Council goes ahead with tabling Willesden Green planning application before submission deadline and Public Inquiry ends

Brent Planning Committee is to consider the planning application for the Willesden Green Cultural Centre on February 13th despite the Public Inquiry for the Willesden Town Centre continuing until February 14th.  This is also the final date for submissions on the planning application.

The Council get over this little problem by recommending that the Committee (which is supposed to be independent of the Council) grant consent in principle and delegate the final decision to the Deputy Director of Planning and Development who will make the decision:
(a) taking into account any further representations received on or before the 14th February 2013;
(b) any direction by the Mayor of London to refuse the application. In accordance with Article 5 of the Town & Country Planning (Mayor of London) Order 2008 following the Council’s determination of this application, the Mayor is allowed 14 days to decide whether to allow the draft decision to proceed unchanged or direct the Council under Article 6 to refuse the application;
(c) Satisfactory prior completion of a Section 106(s) under the Town & Country Planning Act 1990 and/or other form(s) of agreement/undertaking in order to secure the S106 matters as detailed in this report
and for the conservation area consent:
 (b) any direction by the National Planning Casework Unit, the Secretary of State having considered the matter, to refuse the application

The Officer's reports are available below:

1 comment:

  1. Dear KWG members and friends,

    In respect of the Conservation Area Consent application, 12/2925, somebody at Brent Council appears to have forgotten something.

    It would be unlawful for Brent's Planning Committee to seek to give consent to this application, as the "appropriate authority" for that purpose is the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government. I took up this matter in March 2012, and this point has previously been agreed by Chris Walker, Assistant Director (Planning and Development), by Gareth Daniel (then Chief Executive) and by Fiona Ledden, Director of Legal and Procurement.
    I am urgently following up this item on the agenda, and seeking to get it withdrawn from the meeting.

    The correct position is that, if Brent's Planning Committee are "minded to approve" the Planning application, then the Conservation Area Consent application is forwarded to the National Planning Casework Unit. They will consider all of the documents and evidence provided (including objections and comments), and make a recommendation to the Secretary of State, who will then decide that application.

    Philip Grant.


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