The Brent planning committee, we are told, is an independent entity, separate from Brent council and whom have changed the future of Wembley, forever. The committee have voted in favour of residential and office blocks that will be taller than the roof of Wembley stadium and will be built in front of it, surrounding the iconic venue.
The new 19 storey towers will be half the height of the stadium’s arch which is around 40 stories. Though the roof of the stadium is only 15 stores, which means the apartments will be able to peak at the famous pitch.
Local residents are beginning to speculate that a planning committee who always vote in favour of the developers, must be somewhat lucrative for is committee members, in a brown paper envelope sort of way.
Wembley park residents who live nearby, used to have views of the stadium but this was slowly obstructed by towers of student accommodation.
In the future, towers will obstruct and puncture the recognisable skyline of London, with the stadium omitted as a result. The only way to view the stadium, will be to buy a £800k apartment overlooking it.
With local people not being heard about important issues such as this, it feels like local people’s voices are in a constant state of phimosis.
The gentrification of Wembley stadium
Are fans being displaced in the name of shiny new luxury apartments?
Crowd constraints could be put in place restricting how many people are allowed to leave the 90k seat venue. With fans not allowed to leave their seats until it’s safe to do so; this could result in tensions with stewards who are at the frontline of crowd control.
Fans will need to plan ahead for future events at Wembley due to increased crowd congestion caused by obtrusive new blocks which will surround the stadium. This is partly why the FA have strong words against Quintain’s new development.
Quintain, the property developer of Wembley Park, say these claims are not true and that the local authority, Brent Council and TFL are on their side and that the FA don’t have a leg to stand on.
In support of the development, Brent have said ‘The creation of 7,000 new jobs, new retail and leisure space as well as new community facilities and parking spaces around the national stadium all formed part of the planning applications, which were submitted by property developer Quintain. More than £80million will also be provided by Quintain to improve local infrastructure.’
Will this decision be the trigger of London loosing its national stadium status and maybe an opportunity for Manchester to pick it up? Will the future of Wembley be recognised as a huge Wembley Arena (because the original Wembley Arena would have been redeveloped into apartments by that time), with the main events being NFL and Beyoncé.
The FA and fans only saviour could be Sadiq Khan, London’s new Mayor, who could oppose Wembley Stadium tower block plan ‘would risk fans’ safety’.