A Sunday farmers’ market will now open on Friday evenings as it attempts to deal with a rise in the number of supermarkets in the area.

Brent Council granted planning permission to Queens Park Farmers’ Market, in Salusbury Road, to operate between 5.30pm and 10pm on Fridays during the next 18 months.

It came despite concerns around the impact it will have on the surrounding area, particularly any “nuisance” to local residents and a potential parking issues.

Cllr Neil Nerva, who represents Queens Park ward, described the potentially negative impact as “quite serious” and urged the council to review the situation after this first season.

He explained that the farmers’ market has been a “boon” for the region but that “Sunday morning is very different to Friday night”.

He particularly took issue with the impact on parking in the area and warned that it was likely to result in an increase in drivers travelling to the market on this additional day.

Despite his points, permission was granted on the basis that the positive aspects of the scheme will outweigh any harmful ones.

Mark Handley, director of London Farmers Markets, said the proposals were put forward to support the local area and offer an alternative shopping experience.

He said the “majority” of the community supported the plans – despite 15 objections – and added that it will only operate for an additional four-and-a-half hours a week.

“This is an opportunity for people to gather after work to top up their shop, meet up with friends and family,” he said.

“What better location can there be in Queen’s Park for a family-friendly weekly event that supports local food providers?”

The proposals were previously approved by the council’s licensing committee after Mr Handley presented his plans for a “European-style” market experience on Fridays.