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Campaigners against tall towers in Cricklewood to protest for second time

PUBLISHED: 10:26 31 July 2020 | UPDATED: 15:26 31 July 2020

Locals protest against planned high rises in Cricklewood. Picture: Cricklewood Action Group

Locals protest against planned high rises in Cricklewood. Picture: Cricklewood Action Group

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Campaigners are to hold their second socially distanced protest against the development of tall towers in Cricklewood.

Cricklewood Action Group are meeting this Saturday (August 1) between 11am and 2pm at the Cricklewood Green in Cricklewood Lane.

Private property developer Montreaux PLC plans to create a 25 storey tower as well as 16 and 14 storey towers at the B&Q site.

The regeneration plans include new homes, commercial spaces and “a town square” with “places for children to play”.

Key concerns are the height of the buildings which they would like to see reduced to nine storeys, the overshadowing of nearby properties, and increased pressure on services affecting the three boroughs.

Campaigners say the plan goes against the Barnet Council’s Tall Buildings Strategy which was ratified in 2019.

The Barnet Tall Buildings policy indicates that Cricklewood developments should be limited to a maximum of eight storeys high.

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Sapna Chadha, of CAG said: “I am really worried about the lack of transparency around the sudden change in Barnet’s Tall Building Policy. How does this work when the neighbouring borough of Brent considers Cricklewood a conservation area?

“The 25 storey tower block will be adjacent to Cricklewood Railway station and will dwarf the shops and houses opposite and in nearby roads.

“The current ambient height of buildings is generally between two and four storeys maximum.”

She said the new block and others along the new frontage will cast long shadows over these buildings at various times of the day.

“These matters are amplified by the fact that the site comprises an embankment which is already three storeys high above the road and footway level in Cricklewood Lane.” Martin Redston added: “The development is a carbuncle and a blight on the area where buildings are generally only four storeys high.”

CAG, which incorporates locals from Barnet, Camden and Brent, gathered at the same site on June 13 to “raise public consciousness” of the “overbearing scheme proposals”.

Ben Tansley, treasurer of NorthWestTWO Residents’ Association, said: “NW2 along with Railway Terraces remain thoroughly opposed to 14.16 and 25 storey towers in the middle of Cricklewood.”

A Barnet spokesperson said: “A Barnet Council spokesman said: “We have had pre-application discussions with the developer but we have not yet received a planning application for this site for planning officers to consider. If and when an application is received, residents and businesses will have an opportunity to comment and these views will then be taken into consideration as part of the decision making process.”


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