THE leader of Brent Council has written to the Mayor of London asking him to put a stop to houses being built on land next to one of the borough's unique beauty spots.
A petition signed by hundreds of angry neighbours was also sent to Boris Johnson's office pleading with him to reject plans to develop 71 homes on the site of Greenhouse Garden Centre, in Birchen Grove, Kingsbury.
A planning application has been submitted by the owner of the land, Malcolm Scott. The site is next to the Welsh Harp Reservoir - 170 hectares of open water, marshes, trees and grassland. It is also a designated site of special scientific interest, Metropolitan Open Land, and is home to many different species of wildlife.
Councillor Paul Lorber, Liberal Democrat Leader of Brent Council, said: “Proposals of this nature are just not appropriate in my view for Metropolitan Open Space. Given the level of concern being raised by local people I had no option but to write to Boris and ask him to reject the proposals.”
A similar application has been made to Barnet Council for another green site, off Cool Oak Lane, which adjoins the Barnet side of the park.
Planning consultant Malcolm Scott has previously told the Observer that if the Barnet site was approved he would leave the Greenhouse Garden Centre where it is and make improvements. He also said 50 per cent of the development would be affordable housing.
A decision is expected to be made on December 16.