Brent protects industrial land

Brent Council has given industrial land in certain parts of the borough protection from redevelopment with an Article 4 direction.

It means developers looking to convert office and light industrial space into residential accommodation in those areas will now need to apply for planning permission.

The Article 4 means that anyone looking to convert industrial land into residential accommodation in key employment areas including Alperton, Neasden, Wembley and Staples Corner, will now need to apply for full planning permission from the council.

Cllr Shama Tatler, Brent Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Highways and Planning, said: “Before we activated this opt-out, developers could change properties into residential accommodation in a piecemeal way, without full planning checks on the quality and design of the accommodation, the impact on the local area, the number of affordable homes being provided and without consideration to the loss of valued businesses which provide jobs for local people.

“As every planning application is considered on its merits, by making developers apply for planning permission, it won’t stop the new homes that we need from being built, but it will allow us to ensure that the new homes meet our standards, that local issues are taken into account, that local people are properly consulted and that we ensure suitable levels of affordable accommodation are secured in each scheme.

“By going the planning route, we also have the opportunity to weigh up the economic benefits and disadvantages of each scheme, to see if the loss of local employment space is acceptable and what the wider benefits might be for Brent residents.”

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