Affordable housing on West Heath Road? They must be joking!

Emboldened by Barnet Council s anything goes attitude to planning applications – to which John Sells drew your readers attention (H&H letters, January 10) – developers have now submitted plans which will have a devastating impact on visitors to one of

Emboldened by Barnet Council's "anything goes" attitude to planning applications - to which John Sells drew your readers' attention (H&H letters, January 10) - developers have now submitted plans which will have a devastating impact on visitors to one of the area's most delightful attractions, Golders Hill Park.

Permission is being sought to destroy three family houses of character directly facing the entrance on West Heath Road and to replace them with an out-of-character block of 18 apartments and four mews houses replete with underground and off-street parking.

Apart from totally destroying the present delightful aspect as visitors approach West Heath Road through the park, this development will add immensely to the existing traffic problem, with vehicles decanting onto a main road from a private drive almost adjacent to a major junction.

The developers are offering the sop of a block of "affordable housing" on the site. Affordable by whom? Nurses? Teachers? On West Heath Road? Go pull the other one!


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Geoffrey D Paul

West Heath Road, NW3

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