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POLITICAL ACTION: Residents take step forward in battle to stop development on Stanmore Station car park

 Published on: 29th October 2020   |   By: Holly Bullen   |   Category: Uncategorized

Residents in Stanmore continue to be outraged at the plans to build 277 homes on the Stanmore Station Car Park and are now ready to take their objections beyond the locality.

In previous editions of StanmoreNews, we have covered the plans submitted by Catalyst Housing and Tfl to build seven apartment blocks on the car park site.

Thousands of objections later, a local campaign group believe this is no longer just a Stanmore issue and in fact is an issue which will affect the whole of London.

The local campaign group has also recently joined another group, who too are against a similar development at Canons Park station.

Phil Kerstein, a local campaigner, spoke to StanmoreNews about their plans and said they have had enough of waiting.

He said: “Over the last few days we have formed a joint group with another local group who are objecting to the plans for Canons Park station.

“We are very very disappointed with the lack of consideration being given to our respective objections to both stations.”

Phil added that the groups are now seeking to move towards political action to get their comments heard and believe the standing of the Conservative party in the constituency will be threatened if they are not taken seriously.

He said: “We will now be endeavouring to go political on this, we believe that the tory party could lose this constituency if they don’t support this.”

Phil stressed that the group want to highlight that the proposed development is not just a local issue and will affect London’s economy, traffic, and congestion zones.

He said: “We have had enough and are now going to take it beyond the locality. It is no longer a local issue but a London issue.

“Stanmore should support London; Harrow should support London. There is an obligation for the boroughs to support the London economy.”

Phil also expressed concerns that the development has failed to properly assess ecological considerations surrounding the development.

He said: “We have possibly found a species of bat which is not one of the usual bats and we are in communication with an expert.

“We do not believe the ecological survey has covered this and it’s not good.”

Tfl have been contacted for comment.

Picture credit: Hoss Photography 

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