UPDATE - 28/01/2020 - REVISED PROPOSALS
I have examined the revised proposals put forward by Transport for London in detail. I have also met with the developers and Transport for London to discuss the proposed changes to the original plan in some detail.
The developers and TfL have made some welcome improvements that respond to some of my concerns. These include the retention of half the car park and more family sized dwellings. However, the height of the tower block (reduced to 20 storeys from the original plan of 27) remains unacceptable, as does the insufficient provision of parking for the development residents. The pocket park that is included in the plans is a good idea, but I remain concerned that its location means it could easily be the focus for anti-social behaviour.
I have advised the developers and TfL that there must be more work done on these plans to address these concerns before the scheme will have my support.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, is proposing through Transport for London to build homes on the car park and surrounding area at Finchley Central Station. New Homes are needed but development must be sensitive to the local area. This development is for 668 dwellings, with just 11 residential parking spaces. The tallest part of the development will be 27 storeys tall, which is not only out of keeping but will tower over the local area.
Details regarding the upcoming consultation can be found at www.finchleycentralconsultation.com. There is an exhibition to be located on Finchley Central station car park on Sunday 16 June, 2pm -6pm and Monday 17th June, 2pm - 9pm and I would encourage you to engage with these consultations.
In my opinion this development in its current format must be rejected as:
- It is a massive over-development of the site
- It removes all commuter parking
- It provides just 11 residential parking spaces for 668 dwellings
- The tower block element will be 27 storeys tall which will dwarf the local area and not be in keeping with existing buildings (by comparison the nearby Central House is just 9 storeys tall. The Holiday Inn at Henlys Corner is just 6 storeys and the tower block at Tally Ho Corner in North Finchley is 15 storeys).
Please do let me know your views by providing some feedback on the survey below.