By: Adam Shaw
An Indian restaurant was saved from the bulldozer after the city council refused to replace it with an apartment building.
Brent Council planning bosses have rejected a request for 43 new homes at the Mumbai Junction site at Watford Road.
Council officials said the proposed building – which would have been up to five stories tall – would be out of place for the area.
They described it as “excessively bulky” for a suburban area, which is currently made up of low-rise houses.
A council report also criticized the impact the new building would have on daylighting for some nearby properties, as well as the wider Sudbury Court conservation area.
There were also fears that some apartments would be considered “substandard housing” due to design flaws. Hundreds of comments from local residents opposed to the plans were submitted to council, with only two messages of support.
Brent’s advisers Keith Perrin and Margaret McLennan also voiced objections to the plans, as did Brent North MP Barry Gardiner.
The Sudbury Court Residents Association said it was important to uphold the history of the current site, which originally housed the John Lyon pub which was converted into an Indian restaurant.
Opposing the plans, the group said: ‘The John Lyon name has historic value, John Lyon founded Harrow School 500 years ago, and his legacy still funds local charities such as the Sudbury Neighborhood Centre.
“Over the past two decades, the John Lyon has changed and adapted to the local population, it is definitely a place where everyone can go, so it contributes to the cohesion of our community and to the understanding of the other.
“The loss of this community asset and meeting place within walking distance of over 3,000 homes, a large licensed property, would be a devastating blow to the local community and would require residents to drive to other destinations. farther away, thus reducing active travel. in the zone.”
He also criticized the design of the proposals, describing it as “monolithic” and which will “overpower its neighbours”.
The decision to refuse the town planning permit can be appealed. Developer Fruition Properties has been contacted for comment.
(Local Democracy Information Service)