Pocket living development DISMISSED by Planning Inspectorate following objections from Sudbury Labour Councillors and Residents

We are delighted to confirm that the Planning Inspector has today dismissed an appeal by Pocket Living to build 1-bedroom flats in Sudbury Town station car park and rejected the development, on the grounds it doesn’t provide the genuinely affordable, family housing which Sudbury residents need. We opposed this development from the outset, Brent Council’s Planning Committee rejected it on 11 June 2020 and Brent Council’s planning lawyers argued that the Planning Inspector should reject the development. This decision provides a strong justification for Brent Council’s local plan and its requirements for a mix of housing – including family units – in any development.


Petition for better public transport for Sudbury

Following the disappointing announcement of an extended Chiltern Railways contract, Sudbury Councillors have launched a petition to improve public transport in Sudbury. It makes two demands of the Department for Transport, Transport for London, Chiltern Railways and bus operators:

  1. A much more regular train service from Sudbury and Harrow Road station, providing residents with a fast and regular service into Marylebone, Wembley Stadium and out into the Chilterns.
  2. An extension of the ’18’ bus route from Sudbury to Northwick Park hospital, easing congestion in Sudbury Town by stopping buses from terminating there and providing residents with an easy route to the hospital.

We encourage all Wembley residents to sign and share. Paper copies are also avaialble – just get in touch.


Delivering on our pledges to residents – our latest newsletter hits doorsteps across Sudbury

Our latest newsletter has started to hit doorsteps across Sudbury. It sets out what we’ve been doing to deliver on our ‘Five Pledges’ made to residents back in May 2018 – delivering investment in the ward, including pavements; supporting our most vulnerable residents; and making Sudbury cleaner, greener and safer. More still needs do be done, and we look forward to working with residents to continue improving our area in the coming months and years.


New footways investment for Sudbury! Eton, Charterhouse and Rugby to get re-paving works

This week, we’ve written to residents in Eton Avenue, Rugby Avenue and Charterhouse Avenue to confirm they will be included in the newest round of investment in footways by Brent’s Labour Council. This is just the next step in investment for Sudbury and comes after similar footway improvements in Harrowdene Road, District Road, Station Approach and parts of Maybank Avenue. We know other roads and footways still need doing, and will continue to nominate these for future rounds.


Face-to-face surgeries to resume from Saturday 9th October

Starting from Saturday 9th October, we will now be holding a drop-in surgery on the second Saturday of every month (except August) at the Barham Village Residents’ Association (BVRA) community centre, 737 Harrow Road (next to Tesco Express), Sudbury, HA0 2LL.


Back to business for Sudbury! Councillors go on joint walkabout to promote Brent’s new business support scheme

Brent Council has just released details of our own new £2.5 million ‘Back to Business’ grants scheme for businesses which have missed out on previous Government grants. For details, visit www.brent.gov.uk/businessgrants. On Saturday 19 June, we went out and about in Sudbury alongside Cllr Muhammed Butt, Barry Gardiner MP and Cllr Shama Tatler to promote the new scheme. We also used the opportunity to improve the planters in Sudbury town, and ask local firms new and old how we can help them survive and thrive.


Barham park development proposals withdrawn by developer, following objections from Sudbury Councillors and residents

We’re pleased to confirm that the developer has today (19 May) withdrawn the application to develop on 776 and 778 Harrow Road, near Barham Park. This follows detailed objections submitted by Sudbury Councillors and residents.


Proposal to build mast in green space in Vale Farm rejected by planning inspector, with support from Sudbury Councillors and local residents

As noted in a previous post, for quite some time we’ve been working closely with residents in and around Sudbury Avenue to fight off a developer’s proposal to build a 5G telephone mast in green space in Vale Farm – a wholly unsuitable location for a development of this kind. Following an appeal by the developer, we are pleased to confirm the planning inspector has now rejected this application and supported Brent Council’s original decision to reject the appeal.


Sudbury Councillors support community bids to improve green spaces in Barham Park and Vale Farm

Following our earlier campaign to secure investment in our parks and green spaces, we have now sent letters strongly supporting bids for Neighbourhood Community Infrastructure Levy investment in Barham Park and Vale Farm. This is the next step in a series of efforts to enhance green spaces in Sudbury, and provide more opportunities for community activities for people of all ages.


Sudbury Labour Councillors reassure residents and make representations about planning applications in Sudbury Town station and near Barham Park

Residents have been in touch about two recent planning applications in Sudbury : one developing the cottages near Barham Park (pictured) and another an appeal by Pocket Living to the Planning Inspector, asking them to overturn Brent Council’s Planning Committee’s original decision to reject their application to build one-bedroom flats near Sudbury Town station. In response to these concerns we have written detailed representations on behalf of residents about these applications, supporting objections. You can find these in this post.

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