THE Swaminarayan Hindu temple in Westfield Lane, Kenton, has been granted planning permission for an extra storey.

The application received unanimous approval at Harrow Council's development control meeting on Wednesday last week.

The additional floor will provide accommodation for a day centre for elderly members of the community. It will include a reading area, meditation areas, library, dining room, kitchen and an office.

The application was praised as an "excellent and well though out scheme" by members of all parties.

Councillor Marilyn Ashton (Conservative) said: "The temple is a wonderful landmark and an integral part of the community.

"The extra community facilities were desperately needed and the new floor will mean there will be proper space for these vital projects.

"I wish the people involved every success."

Councillor Navin Shah (Labour) said: "I welcome this application as it will bring a great benefit to the community."