Tweaked plans for the redevelopment of an industrial site that will provide more than 500 new homes were given the green light.

Brent Council’s planning committee approved a scheme at Capitol Industrial Park, in Capitol Way, Queensbury.

It will provide 501 homes across six buildings up to 12 storeys high, as well as a further eight ‘mews’ houses and a commercial building at the site.

There were some concerns about the impact of the development on the surrounding area – objector Pravin Patel criticised the “sheer size” of the project, suggesting it was “overwhelming, obtrusive” and “not in keeping with the character” of neighbouring properties.

Cllrs Saqib Butt and Michael Maurice also took issue with the number of affordable properties at the site and chose to abstain during a vote on the proposals.

It comes after revised plans put forward 140 affordable units – out of 509 in total (28 per cent) – with 54 at ‘London affordable rent’ and the remaining 86 offered under shared ownership.

This represents a slight increase when compared to the 107 units offered when permission was granted for 414 homes (26 per cent) at the site, but still falls short of the council’s planning policies.

“I just can’t see how we’re not policy compliant despite the six extra stories,” said Cllr Butt.

He suggested the scheme would “not benefit the borough” unless there was more affordable housing in place and called for “more from the developer”.

However, officers explained that this was the maximum amount of affordable housing developers could provide whilst maintaining financial viability and contributing towards the overall need for more homes in the borough.

They added that the scale and design of the buildings are appropriate and will not impact significantly on neighbours’ privacy.

Following approval, developers will have to provide a revised travel plan and a financial contribution to support surrounding travel networks.

The scheme could also be subject to a review by the Mayor of London and the Secretary of State.