Neighbours are calling on councillors to reject a "disastrous" 66-bed care home.

Haringey Council's planning committee is due to meet this evening (Thursday, May 11) discuss plans for a dementia care home with an underground car park at 44-46 Hampstead Lane, Hampstead.

The four-storey development requires the demolition of two original mock-Tudor arts and crafts properties, owned by property developer Harrison Varma Projects.

The site is in the Bishops area of the Highgate Conservation Area with the Highgate School Far Field to the west across Courtenay Avenue, and Kenwood Park and Garden is directly opposite.

The application has received multiple objections including from conservation group English Heritage.

Michael Hammerson, vice president of the Highgate Society, said: "They've got an application to put in a gigantic 66-bedroom dementia care home which is four times the area of the existing houses, completely against a raft of local policies and going in for approval."

He added: "People think it will have a disastrous impact. It will serioulsy undermine our ability to protect the conservation area, it's grossly out of scale, badly designed, it will impact on Kenwood SSSI (site of specific interest), it has a vast basement which could well affect the ground water flows in the Kenwood north wood.

"Everybody has rejected it. English Heritage have because it will have a terrible impact on Kenwood and residents will be badly affected by it." 

The meeting is scheduled for 7pm at the George Meehan House, High Road, Wood Green.