This is a very clear explanation of what is a Low Traffic Neighbourhood.
The attempt to turn Alexandra House into a ‘rabbit-hutch’ development has raised its ugly head again. Have a look at the drawings on the application – they’re beyond a joke.
Most of the ‘flats’ are as small as 28 sq meters – bear in mind that a typical Premier Inn Room is 21 sq meters.
This is allowed under so-called “Permitted Development’ – introduced by the Tories to get round planning rules and there’s very few grounds for objections.
Here’s an article about the proposed development Article about Alexander House
BUT please object anyway and make our voice heard!
Object on grounds of overcrowding, impact on local traffic & amenities, and on the physical and mental health of residents who will be denied space and natural light.
Most office blocks turned in to flats under these new rules have rapidly become modern slums. See what happened to one block in Harlow. BBC Report on ‘Human Warehouse’
One thing developers, agents and architects don’t like is bad publicity so it would be a good idea to share your objections on social media and name the people behind this development.
The developer is Andreas Panayiotou – a billionaire who has been called ‘the buy-to-let king of London’.
His contact details are
THE ABILITY GROUP
Hilton London Syon Park
His agents are DWD a planning and Property Company
Associate DWD LLP
The Architect is Ben Adams Architects
99 Southwark Street
London SE1 0JF
020 7633 0000
Finally after many, many emails and two site visits we now have official permission from the council for our pavement planters at the bottom of Ringslade Road (see below plan).
The only catch is we have to use council approved suppliers to ensure the scheme is covered by the required insurance. Hopefully the planters will be in place in time for spring!
NEIGHBOURHOOD BOOK-SWAP BOX
Thanks to Matt Richards from Bradley Road (& his uncle who has made it for us!) we should soon have a neighbourhood book-swap box that will be situated in Cafe Corso. We’re building up a supply of books (including kids books) ready for when it’s installed.
RCRA AGM & Plans to Improve the Neighbourhood
The money from the council is finally in our account so we’re having a meeting to discuss our plans for spending it – trees & pavement planters. Also plans for the future – decorated boxes, book swap box, murals etc along with a campaign for a low-traffic neighbourhood.
Any other concerns or ideas people would like to raise at the meeting just drop us a line (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we’ll add it to the agenda. All welcome!
Great turnout to our meeting on Friday about ideas to improve our streets. Thanks to everyone attending and those who posted ideas via email and facebook.
The ideas discussed were;
Tree Planting – Two trees to be planted in Bradley Road to replace the ones that died there.
Pavement Planters – Where there is space on pavements – eg. Junction of Ringslade Road and Cumberland – to brighten up the area. Also mini planters around the base of roadside trees.
Decorated Junction Boxes – Brightening up those dreary green junction boxes with brightly coloured stencils.
Litter Pickers – So we can organise our own ‘street ‘clean-up’ days
Book Swap Box – Our own neighbourhood Book Swap Box sited on one of our streets.
Decorative Street Signs – Street signs with local logo or decoration on them.
Street Mural – Maybe a long-term aim given the need to find site and get design approved – could really make a difference locally.
Community Garden – Bid to take over small garden area at the side of Wood Green Works and improve its appearance.
Report on the results of the first round of consultation on the Wood Green AAP. Mentions objections to height of proposed buildings on Station Rd and River Park Road but not enough on our objections to opening up the back of Cumberland. More work to do on that at the next stage.