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Residents let down by Harrow Borough Council over The Hive stadium says MP Bob Blackman
An MP has expressed his disappointment and frustration following the deferral of the planning decision on Barnet FC’s stadium at The Hive.
Bob Blackman, MP for Harrow East, made his comments after Harrow Borough Council had to postpone its decision on plans for the stadium last night.
The application includes proposals to increase in the height of floodlighting and increase in the capacity of the west stand but it was found planning officers had not carried out a key part of the planning process - carrying out an assessment into whether an environmental impact assessment should be made.
Mr Blackman said: “I am very disappointed that local residents continue to be let down by Harrow Council’s inability to make this decision.
“The Hive project has been carried out without due planning process or adequate dialogue with the local community.
“It is quite amazing and deeply concerning that Harrow Council failed to carry out an Environmental Impact Assessment, leading to this stalemate.”
Officers had recommended the committee refuse the plans due to lack of information from the applicant, Barnet FC, about the impact of light from the new higher floodlights.
Councillors were later informed the recommendation would change to deferral, but by the time of the meeting last night the committee was again told to refuse the application.
Earlier this year, Mr Blackman hosted a public meeting attended by more than 100 people living near the stadium raising concerns about the club playing first team matches there.
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