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Campaigners defeat plans for homes and Sainsbury’s in Northwood

 Published on: 10th January 2014   |   By: The Newsdesk   |   Category:

Controversial plans to build a Sainsbury’s supermarket and new homes have been defeated, My Northwood & Moor Park News can exclusively reveal. Under proposals 17 businesses were due to be demolished to make way for the 47,000 sq ft supermarket and 167 homes, as well as three car parks, with owners told that they had no hope for compensation or alternative premises. Last week developers Bride Hall Ltd announced that they had delayed public consultations for the Green Lane/Station Approach development in order to have a “rethink”, though now Transport for London (TfL) have confirmed that original plans have been killed stone dead. In a letter to Northwood MP Nick Hurd, TfL director of commercial development Graeme Craig insisted that he’d “heard the message” from Save Our Northwood campaigners and would “(adjust) plans accordingly.” He wrote: “I am keen above all that any future development is led directly by TfL, in line with our emerging thinking elsewhere. Development should be both sustainable and planned in the context of the unique features of each location. The recent campaign has highlighted the sense of community and local pride in Northwood. I would very much like to harness that spirit to help us come up with a new plan.”   Mr Craig said that in order to “build bridges” he would meet Northwood Residents’ Association chairman Tony Ellis and local councillors. He also confirmed that he would be writing to businesses, before following up with visits.   Future development of the TfL owned site has not been ruled out, though Mr Craig promised traders would be “provided retail opportunities elsewhere across our estate” should that occur.   Nick Hurd MP heralded the announcement. He said: “I am delighted that Tfl have heard the voice of Northwood and changed tack. That is testimony to the residents of Northwood who united to say NO. The strength of the campaign helped me to get the attention of senior decision makers. We now need a proper conversation about what Northwood needs and we need to see the local shops treated fairly.” Cllr Scott Seaman-Digby added: “This is a great endorsement of how Northwood came together to stand up to a real threat to our community and local businesses. The campaign has really reached well beyond Northwood and to the heart of London government and they have listened.” What do you make of the news? Email adam@mynewsmag.co.uk    

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