Locals upset by Oriental City approval

A £200 million redevelopment of a Chinese quarter in north-west London was given the go-ahead this week despite fierce opposition from some local traders.

The London Borough of Brent granted detailed planning permission for Development Securities' Oriental City plan in Colindale. The developer insisted that the project would catalyse further regeneration in the borough.

The 112,000m2 mixed-use development features shops, 520 homes and a primary school. Oriental City would also be expanded, with larger stores and more shops and restaurants.

But the Save Oriental City Campaign argued that it would demolish a cultural centre and put 800 jobs at risk. Chairman Yip Fai Liu said: "We will lobby both the mayor and the Government Office for London to get this decision overturned."

Although the developers have earmarked space for Oriental businesses when the project is completed, tenants complained that they have nowhere to relocate to in the meantime. The retail element of the scheme is due to be completed in around two years.

RPS is advising Development Securities. Planning director Ben Ford said it is working with the council and Oriental City Ltd, the main lessee of the planned development, to try to find temporary premises in the interim.

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