Objection to planning application for Colindale Station

Objection to planning application for Colindale Station And 167 – 173 Colindale Avenue And Flats 1- 6 Agar House, Colindale Avenue, London, NW9 5HR, Ref: 21/0909/S73

Dear Sir or Madam,

I am writing to object to the above application in my capacity as London Assembly Member for Barnet and Camden.

Whilst I support the improvements to the station, especially the provision of step-free access, the overall scheme and plan for the site is likely to create a number of new problems, as well as exacerbate many existing local problems.

Firstly, Colindale Avenue is already extremely congested and far too narrow for the sheer volume of traffic passing through it. It is not possible to increase capacity through introducing cycle lanes etc, so new residents will create new traffic.

Although this development is near a station and bus routes, there is insufficient parking for residential needs, and the car park for the station is being removed. This places pressure on already over-used local roads.

The proposed developments are still too high, with the tallest reaching 29 storeys. This is by far the tallest building in an area that has too many tall buildings. Putting so many people cheek by jowl is unhealthy and leads to a poor quality of life. We have seen during the Covid Pandemic how problematic high density living is, and the impact a lack of local amenities, such as green space can be on mental and physical wellbeing.

Finally, the impact of this development, with a substantial increase in population and demand for local services will be unmet. There has never been properly planning for Colindale and the health and education provision needed. This will only make a bad situation worse.

For the above reasons I urge a rejection of the current scheme.

Yours sincerely,

Andrew Dismore AM

London Assembly Member for Barnet and Camden

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