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Lukewarm response to Grove Estate plans

 Published on: 21st August 2018   |   By: Jason Allen   |   Category: Uncategorized

Plans to build additional housing on the Grove Estate in Pinner have been met with a lukewarm response from the Pinner Association.

The amenity society, which aims to conserve and enhance the quality of life in the village, said it was difficult to reconcile the plans presented at the second consultation with those at the first.

The Pinner Association said it did not believe that concern at the height and mass of the proposed buildings or the potential loss of trees had been addressed.

A statement on the Association’s Facebook page read: “The proposed footprints of the new buildings have been increased significantly from those outlined in the first consultation, with a concomitant greater proposed loss of mature trees.

“For both the South Site and East Site the existing trees on the boundary of and within the Grove Estate form an important role in screening the existing flats. Many of these trees would be lost if the development was to go ahead as currently proposed.”

The statement goes onto say that the orientation of the proposed town houses would mean they overlook the rear gardens of houses in Hereford Gardens and Cannon Lane but acknowledges this has been addressed

The statement also raises concerns that the proposed seven townhouses would intrude into the area currently occupied by mature trees, not something which was shown on the indicative plan displayed at the first public consultation.

It reads: “Fewer townhouses should be built so as to allow the existing screening trees to remain in situ, i.e. building should be restricted to the footprint of the existing developed area. The proposed design does not address the concerns raised at the first public consultation about the height and mass of the proposed new buildings, nor the concern about the loss of mature trees from the Grove Estate.”

Finally the statement says the proposal for a six storey block immediately adjacent to and visible from Pinner Village Gardens would be greatly detrimental to the amenity value of the park.

Picture courtesy of Peter Dale

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