Planning Applications

One of the most important of EFRA’s activities is to monitor, and respond to consultations on, the larger planning applications in our area.

We discuss these applications with the residents who are most closely affected and also assist them with their personal submissions to the Council’s planners.

EFRA is not opposed to developments but our submissions are informed by the view that the low rise and low density nature of our essentially Edwardian residential neighbourhood should be preserved.

Application for new Betting Shop opposite the Fields Coffee Bar in Northfield Avenue

There is a planning application to convert the former Video Rental and Replacement Windows shops into a betting shop.  Betting shops include automatic permission for high value gaming machines. If this was granted by the council, it would mean there would be planning permission for two betting shops in this short parade. The existing one is on the corner of Niagara Avenue. Once a site has approval as a betting shop, the permission lasts for ever.

Appeal against Refusal for Six Flats at 273 Northfield Avenue / Wellington Road - an Update

We were immensely relieved that the independent Government Planning Inspector refused to allow the end of terrace house at the corner of Northfield Avenue and Wellington Road to be converted into four flats, with a further two flats to be constructed on the site of the garage in the small back garden. Read our previous article on this application here and see a copy of the Inspector’s report on our website.

Appeal against Refusal for Six Flats at 273 Northfield Avenue / Wellington Road

Following representations from EFRA and local residents, Ealing Council's Planning Committee unanimously rejected this application in August 2014. The proposal was for the conversion of an existing family home into four self contained units plus the construction of two self contained units in the rear garden on the site of a garage.

Change of Use 222-224 Northfield Avenue, backing onto Belsize Avenue

In April 2015 EFRA objected to the application for a change of use for the ground floor, basement and rear yard at 222-224 Northfield Avenue. In 2013 and 2014 the unauthorised use of this site as a café and late night party venue by the then occupiers of the ground and basement floors resulted in repeated disruption for residents in Belsize Avenue, leading to the involvement of council officers. Our concerns centre around avoiding a repeat of this nuisance to neighbours including those in the recently converted flats on the upper floors of the building.