Pollution threat petition
Redevelopment plan for Northwood
A TRANSPORT for London (TfL) development proposed for Northwood could breach European air pollution limits, say objectors.
Residents group Northwood’s Voice have raised a 3,000 signature petition opposing redevelopment plans in the centre of their community.
TfL plans to redevelop Northwood station, build 127 flats and houses and create retail space in Green Lane and Station Approach. But residents measured nitrogen dioxide using industry-sourced equipment and laboratory analysis during school term time and say levels are already higher than the EU 40 ug/m3 annualised limit in the area.
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The European Union limit for nitrogen dioxide pollution is 40 ug/m3 when averaged across a year or “annualised”.
Jon Marx, director of Northwood’s Voice, said: “We’ve found we’re getting an annualised result of just 4.5% below that level of 40 which strikes us as being perilously close.
“We’re a bit concerned that the overall level will increase over the 40, so we’ve brought that to Hillingdon Council’s attention.”
The group’s petition was placed in 30 local shops in the last four months and handed in at Downing Street on October 20.
TfL said its own air quality assessment disputed Northwood Voice’s findings.
A spokesperson said: “We have carried out an air quality assessment as part of our preparations for our proposed development in Northwood as agreed with the London Borough of Hillingdon.
“The assessment considers that the proposed development will meet air quality neutral benchmarks as set by the planning policy.”
TfL say the scheme they are proposing at Northwood has been developed in partnership with the local community and will bring ‘huge benefits’ to the area.
“The development will deliver a brand new Tube station with step-free access, improved public realm, new homes and space for small scale, local retailers,” said the spokesman, adding that around 2,400 local residents and businesses had been consulted.
Mr Marx said residents are concerned the plans will transform the town into a “mini Watford”.
He said: “We’re in favour of some development but the problem with what’s being proposed is that it knocks down a large part of the conservation area in the heart in Northwood and that’s really what we’re against.
“There is room for TfL to develop, further down Station Approach, which is also their land and if they want to develop the station we’re not against providing step free access and all those good things..”
Hillingdon Council say their Local Plan regards “air quality as a material consideration” when assessing planning applications, A spokesman said: “As the application has only been lodged in the last week at this stage the council is unaware if any risks have been identified.”
n PROTEST: Northwood’s Voice is opposing TfL plans to develop Green Lane and concerned for pollution levels
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