Pol­lu­tion threat pe­ti­tion

Re­de­vel­op­ment plan for North­wood

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Kather­ine Cle­men­tine

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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