Planning Application to be decided on July 16th.
The decision on the Planning Application for the Kensal Rise Library building will now take place on 16th July 2014 at 7pm at the Brent Civic Centre. The decision was deferred at last month's planning committee meeting while the committee took legal advice into whether or not they could proceed with making a decision on the Application.
Below is an excerpt from the latest Officer's Report:
"The Council has obtained advice from leading Counsel, Richard Drabble QC, since deferral of the decision by Members on the 17 June. The advice was required to establish whether the Committee could lawfully determine the current application having regard to the fraudulent emails, in support of the application, received during the consultation process in respect of planning application reference 13/2058. Counsel has endorsed the views given by officers, by correctly identifying that such claims of fraudulent activity, are not a material consideration for the purposes of assessing the current application."
Counsel contends that he can see no reason why the grant of planning permission on the current application should prejudice the police investigation into whether earlier representations were bogus or fraudulent. In these circumstances Members are obliged to determine the application on an objective assessment of material planning considerations alone.
Planning Officers are recommending granting planning permission subject to the completion of a satisfactory Section 106 or other legal agreement.
Full details can be found on Brent Council's website https://forms.brent.gov.uk/servlet/ep.ext?extId=101150&reference=115466&st=PL FKRL will be attending the planning meeting and will be organising a bus to travel to the Civic Centre for the meeting.The bus will leave the Kensal Rise Library building at 6.15pm and will return after the meeting.