The Qatari Royal Family having taken over Harrods must have been given the impression that the Planning Department of the Royal Borough would never interfere with their plans and let them do what they whatever they wished,with no effort to enforce planning regulations that apply to others, less royal, rich or powerful- such as local residents.
For that is the impression hundreds of angry residents have as they watch one encroachment after another despoil a quiet residential area in the heart of a Conservation Area. The sense of frustration is palpable as residents fire off fusillade after fusillade of complaining emails. To be fair Cllrs Marshall and Ritchie have done their best to support, but somehow perhaps Daniel Moylan is behind the reluctance to pursue Harrods as we all know he likes these quirky schemes that most other people detest?
Using the pretext of the Royal Wedding, the Qatari Royal family, anxious not to miss out on a quick buck, have applied to erect of a marquee structure in Hans Crescent to house a pavement cafe. The cafe will be in situ from now until the end of September 2011 and will cater for 46 inside covers and 20 outdoor covers. The cafe will be open between 10.00 and 22.00 hours Monday to Saturday and between 11.30 and 18.00 hours on Sundays.
This is an area already designated as a Dispersal Area and the Police have done an excellent job enforcing it. All their efforts will be wasted if this type of 'magnet' development is allowed.
Then to add insult to injury a local resident reported Harrods have built a replica Swiss Chalet in Hans Crescent slap bang in the middle of Hans Crescent- space where RBKC gave an undertaking to the residents that there would never be further encroachment.
The Swiss gentleman when asked why he was building a chalet in a conservation area said he had paid Harrods £500,000 to promote Switzerland and Harrods had assured him that they had permission to build.
Residents want to know how is it possible that permission to build a hut in a conservation area can be granted without any consultation and while there are ongoing protests at the application to operate a cafe.
Residents are awaiting a visit from the enforcement team.....