Object now to save Gondar Gardens
A planning application has been submitted to turn Gondar Gardens, this precious green space of high environmental value, into a luxury retirement village. We support residents’ objections to this six-storey development:
• It will irrevocably damage the Site of Nature Conservation Importance: The site is a ‘Green lung … of high environmental value’, according to the Planning Inspector. Between the building process, additional light and noise, and general damage, this area will be irrevocably damaged.
• Its size is excessive: The application is six-storeys in an area that is overwhelmingly three storeys. And with 82 luxury flats, 15 nursing beds, private swimming pool, catering and nursing facilities; it will effectively remove all open space.
• There is no attempt to embed it into the community: The new development will be a self-contained luxury enclave, and contains no affordable housing.
• It will increase traffic and parking issues: Residents already struggle from excessive traffic and a lack of parking. Whilst the new development is meant to be ‘car-free’, visitors and staff will exacerbate current issues. Accessibility for elderly tenants will also be a problem.
• Residents’ views will be destroyed: The extensive views enjoyed by residents are considered a ‘considerable public asset’, according to the inspector. Previously, planning applications worked to ensure these views were protected, but this application will destroy them.
• It directly contradicts the Neighbourhood Plan: We campaigned for the Neighbourhood Plan and believe the Council should respect it. This development contravenes the requirement to retain open space and protect bio-diversity and wildlife. It will set a precedent for planning applications, leading further to excessively large-scale development.
1,500 residents have already signed a petition, but now we need objections to be submitted to the Council to stop this development. You can submit by the 13th December 2017 deadline by:
• Camden’s website: Search for planning application 2017/6045/P and ‘add comments here’
• By email: Email email@example.com, quoting 2017/6045/P in the subject line
• By post: Write to Development Management, Camden Town Hall, Judd Street, FREEPOST LON14608, WC1H 9JE
Every objection will help us to save the Gondar Gardens!
Printed and Promoted by David Douglas, on behalf of Fortune Gren & West
Hampstead Conservatives, both of 1a Heath Hurst Rd, Hampstead, NW3 2RU.