DJ Chris Moyles’ latest attack on Highgate development plan
Radio 1 DJ Chris Moyles has fired off a new salvo in his battle over a property project he says will rob him of his privacy.
Mr Moyles, in his latest letter to Haringey Council, protested that proposals to cut down a cluster of mature 80ft sycamore trees to make way for a modernist development will compromise his privacy and leave him “completely exposed”.
The missive was his second objection to an application to chop down the trees to make way for a block of four flats and a four-bed home to stand alongside a listed Victorian villa on Archway Road.
Despite the developers behind the controversial project making a number of amendments to the design, Mr Moyles argues the plans are still unsatisfactory.
He wrote: “As a figure in the public eye, I am particularly concerned that such a development could have a very detrimental effect on the privacy and peace which I hugely value, which was intrinsic to my decision to move to Highgate Avenue in the first place.
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“The matter of the aesthetic appearance of the building is also significant. The proposed structure is unappealing and not in keeping with the lovely residences that it threatens to undermine.”
Mr Moyles has been joined in his objections by more than 50 fellow Highgate residents, many of whom say squeezing in a “bulky”, three-storey property – which some have compared to a leisure centre – at the expense of the prized woodland is unacceptable.
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The planning dispute dates back to last October when Loromah Estates, which owns the site, first submitted its proposals to the council.
Defending the firm’s amended plans, project co-ordinator Stuart Cunliffe said: “The design parameters are the result of careful consultation with residents, local societies, councillors and the planning office.
“The new property is, as requested, set well into the existing steeply sloping ground and is effectively one and a half storeys above existing and proposed ground levels. The roof line and the gutter line are deliberately set below those of the adjoining property No 2 Cholmeley Park. The floor areas are keyed to the floor areas of No 2 Cholmeley Park excluding the ground floor extension and are not in any way excessive or unreasonable.
“It compares favourably with other houses in the area.”