An application has been submitted to Harrow Council, seeking permission to build the hall at Stanmore and Edgware Golf Centre, in Brockley Hill, Stanmore.
If approved, it would host several types of event, including weddings and receptions, with up to 500 guests.
However, those living in and around Brockley Hill believe this would have a damaging effect on the area.
Sam Patel, who represents the ‘Save Our Neighbourhood’ group, said they are particularly concerned about the limited car parking at the site, with just 84 spaces and five bays for coaches proposed.
He explained this could lead to traffic issues and parking problems on surrounding roads when celebrations are being held, since this is not enough parking to accommodate up to 500 people.
There are also concerns around the level of noise that could impact on neighbouring properties, particularly if events go on into the evening.
And Mr Patel believes approving the scheme would represent a disregard for green belt land, alongside the loss of a facility that provides social and fitness opportunities for many.
The application has received dozens of comments in opposition on the council’s planning portal.
According to the planning statement submitted to the council by planning agents hgh, the team who would run the banqueting hall have been “forced” to relocate from their previous site in Wealdstone, which is set to be the home of the new Harrow Civic Centre.
They argue this scheme will provide a high-quality venue on previously developed green belt land and will continue to act as “one of the only facilities of this type to support the multi-cultural community of Harrow”.
In terms of parking, they pointed out it is common for guests to arrive by coach or taxi, as well as by car, and noted that alternative sites that were discussed were “unsuitable” for this.
The proposals are currently set to be heard by the council’s planning committee in the coming months.