When members of our local Lib Dem team called on residents in the NW2 parts of Fortune Green ward a few months ago, many of people said they were concerned about the proposed plans for the Cricklewood B&Q site...
In July the developers submitted their planning application to Barnet Council and it is just as big and bad as we all feared! You can see the details on the Barnet Council website – search for reference number 20/3564/OUT. The best summary document is the BQ Planning Statement. The NorthwestTWO Residents Association website also has lots of information – visit https://www.northwesttwo.org.uk/.
The key points are:
- The application is for 1,100 homes, plus space for shops and community uses.
- Some of the buildings will be high – up to 25 storeys next to the train station.
- The plans include only 35% “affordable” housing. This is split between nearly 25% (291 units) “intermediate/shared ownership” and just over 10% (86 units) “affordable rent”. (Affordable rent means 80% of local market rate.) This doesn’t even meet Barnet Council’s planning policy for 40% affordable housing.
- There will be 110 car parking spaces and one new Car Club Space.
- This is on top of existing plans for the development of the Brent Cross site.
Sadly, it isn’t Camden Council who will decide on this application, but Barnet Council, but that doesn’t prevent those of us who live in Camden objecting. As your local ward Councillor for Fortune Green, Cllr Flick Rea has submitted her objections to Barnet about the height of the tower block, the lack of affordable housing, and the widespread effects on our area. Camden Council will be consulted as a neighbouring Borough so she'll also be pressing them to raise their own objections.
You have until October 5th to comment on the Barnet Council website.
Note that petitions are no use – it has much more impact if you send in a personal comment. I suggest you also send a copy of your objection to the Camden officer (Jennifer.Walsh@camden.gov.uk quoting the Camden reference 2020/32825/P). Or email us on email@example.com and we'll include your views in our objections.
Map showing location of proposed development:
Overview of proposed development: