Brent consultation on draft development management policies - please shareBy Giselle of the KUWG
The Development Management Policy Document guides the council on planning applications. It is crucial for the building (or not) of housing, and for what types of housing can be built and where. Also what parcels of council owned land can be sold off.
Brent is doing one of its classic 'consultations'. As info on this may not have reached many people, I'd be grateful if people could forward this onto other lists of local concerned groups.
I found 2 women chatting to eachother in front of a poster and handing out questionnaires - if you asked for one - at Sainsburys Willesden Green on Monday. They were there from 4 - 8pm only, just that day. (If I hadn't been heading for the Evening Standards I wouldnt even have noticed them, I'd already walked past them twice) You can also view the draft plan at the Brent Civic Centre this Saturday between 12 - 3pm. According to their questionnaires, this appears to be the full extent of their public outreach.
I managed to get hold of half a dozen of these questionnaires, which devote almost as much space to intrusive personal questions (name, address, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation etc) as they give space for any responses. The deadline for returning these is 31st July. I will bring some to the KUWG meeting on Thursday.
You can see the draft development management policy document in Brent libraries (if you already know to ask for it) and here:
How to have your sayDuring the consultation period you can complete our online comment form.
Alternatively you can provide detailed comments on the document itself.You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org or write to: Planning Policy and Projects Team, Brent Civic Centre, Engineers Way, Wembley, Middlesex, HA9 0FJ.The deadline for receiving your comments is 5pm on 31 July 2014.
I went to a local Connections meeting a couple of weeks ago and do not recall this consultation being mentioned even there, although my recall is not 100% reliable.
The deadline is very soon, and the more people that put in some sort of reply now, the more likely it is that there will be an extension so as to make it a more-representative-of-the-community community consultation
Swheatie adds: For more on this matter, see also