Granville and Carlton:
For Us By Us!
Keep Granville and Carlton site for multi purpose community activities run by the community
On 22 January 2020 the planning permission went through for 18 flats and a new hall in the garden. However, soon after that everything changed in the world with the arrival of Covid-19 pandemic.
Throughout the pandemic Granville Community Kitchen has been providing food aid twice a week with support from local people, businesses, SKT and Brent Council, with space, food and financial donations. We are now helping over 1200 people weekly with over 30 volunteers from the community working with us.
As we emerge from the restrictions of the Covid 19, and we begin to feel the long term impacts to our lives, the landscape of how we use spaces both indoors and outdoors has changed in many ways for everyone. The new normal is still being created and that engenders a rethink about the project at Granville Carlton and how it fits into the current and future resilience of South Kilburn.
With this in mind, we asked Dr Pablo Sendra , a lecturer at UCL School of Planning to help us write a community plan where we might present other ideas for these buildings drawing on the experience and lessons of the pandemic.
We also applied to the GLA's Community Spaces at Risk Fund for support. They have taken us on and are helping us to work with the council and other local stakeholders to rethink the future vision based on the needs of the community coming out of the crisis. They are also supporting options for increased community influence, decision-making and management of the site.
So we are looking forward to continue working with the South Kilburn Community, our new partners and Brent Council on ideas for the Granville Carlton site that will benefit the local community and provide a fitting legacy for the Granville Carlton buildings that we love so dearly.
Watch this space!
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The Campaign ...
As you can see above we went back to the Scrutiny Committee on 12 September...
We made our voices heard!
We have a question and answer from the Mayor's Question Time... see it here
Mayor Sadiq Khan said
Friday, 17th May 2019
I agree that social infrastructure is key to supporting inclusive and thriving neighbourhoods. My draft London Plan sets out policies that require boroughs to undertake a needs assessment of social infrastructure (including community, youth, recreation and other facilities), to ensure boroughs fully understand existing and future needs and plan appropriately for them. The draft Plan also protects social infrastructure from development that would lead to the loss of facilities in an area of defined need, unless a replacement is provided that would continue to meet the needs of the neighbourhood it serves. I can only directly use my planning powers on applications that are referable; however, the London Plan will become part of the development plan for the whole of London once adopted, and should be used by boroughs to guide decision-making.
On 15 April the Cabinet seemed to agree the Scrutiny Committee meeting
changing a few crucial words.
You can read about it here and
We are not in agreement as the Council insisted on housing on the site, with less multi use community spaces.
1.The area is doubling to tripling the number of residents. As well as being the only Council owned non-denominational historic buildings, Granville and Carlton are the only multi use spaces left. We argue the area needs more community space not less
2. Housing needs will gradually be prioritized over the community needs with the result that gradually community will be phased off the site. This is happening already in Granville. In fact the Council itself closed it in 2013 for reasons of noise. There is so much housing planned elsewhere on the estate protect this site for community use.
The site should be managed by a democratically elected, transparent and accountable residents and user in perpetuity for the people of South Kilburn.
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