Proposals for a hotel in Greenford have been given the go-ahead despite similar plans being unsuccessful twice before.
An application for a 45-room part three, part four storey hotel with a residents’ bar and restaurant and car and cycle parking in Greenford Road was approved at Wednesday night’s council planning meeting (August 13).
The original application came to the planning committee in May 2013, was deferred subject to amendments and returned in October 2013, where it was refused because of parking congestion nearby.
The latest application, received in June (2014), is to alter and extend an existing building at the corner of the road which has been empty for a long time.
Objections heard at Wednesday’s meeting were about concerns of the bar being too noisy and disturbing, about it becoming a hostel for long-term residents and the difficulty of parking in the area.
A large number of letters were said to have been sent to the council objecting to this application, as well as 300 signatures on a petition against it.
Applicant Ali Musani said he has done everything possible to mitigate any concerns. He said numerous surveys have been carried out on the parking issues and thoroughly scrutinised by council transport officers.
The council report says Transport Services have identified potential implications of the development in the highway network regarding car parking, traffic, junctions and pedestrian infrastructure and these would not be unacceptable.
It also says that on site parking provision for seven vehicles has been made and evidence has been submitted in support of this application which predicts the traffic levels and parking demand.
In addition there is on street parking availability on neighbouring roads.