Thursday 20 August 2020

'Over-whelming' high-density high-rise development plans published for B&Q Cricklewood site

It is surely no coincidence that some of the London Borough of Barnet's most controversial developments take place on the borders with neighbouring boroughs.  This was circulated by the NorthWestTwo Residents' Association yesterday:

Montreaux have made their planning application:
up to 1,100 residential units and 25 storeys on the B&Q site.

Barnet have published it as planning application ref 20/3564/OUT. You can see all the documents HERE  – including drawings, there are 131 documents, so it’s going to take a little time to find the key ones and read them. What’s clear right now is that it is as Montreaux described it before, an application for up to 1,100 residential units in blocks up to 25 storeys tall, with the tallest being closest to Cricklewood Lane.

It's extraordinarily high-density and it would overwhelm the centre of Cricklewood, looming not only above its nearest neighbours in Barnet but all the Brent and Camden residents of Cricklewood too, and stress facilities to breaking point.

Barnet’s planning portal is already open for objections HERE . The deadline is shown as 16 September 2020, just 28 days away, which is surprising. Barnet had previously announced that during lockdown such deadlines would be extended and that should be the case for such a massive application as this, so that’s being queried.

After that, Barnet’s planning officers will also examine the application, write a report for the planning committee and make recommendations. The report will look at how the application fits in with council policy, and will summarise and respond to the objections they’ve been sent. Some types of objections can be considered by the committee, some can’t – there’s a quick guide on our website at .

The report will hardly mention petitions and won’t consider them. There were five petitions against the Waste Transfer Station at Geron Way up the Edgware Road, but the report didn’t even mention what they said (you can see it HERE ). So if you’ve signed a petition in the past, do make sure to make your own objection on the planning portal too!

We’ll put more in the newsletter and on our website when we’ve had a chance to look at the details, but as the clock’s started ticking we wanted to let you know right away.
Montreaux's picture of the bottom part of their 25-storey block, not showing the 2-storey and 3-storey buildings under it on the other side of Cricklewood Lane.

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