A petition to stop a development that would destroy a woodland area in Pinner has been signed by nearly 25,000 people.
A planning application has been submitted to Harrow Council of the proposal of four detached buildings of residential units as well as vehicle and pedestrian access on 255 Pinner Road.
Those opposing the application say the development, of 46 flats across four blocks, would destroy animals homes as well as plants and protected trees.
The petition explains: “A private landowner has applied to build a housing estate consisting of four blocks of apartments and access road. This has been planned on a small strip of woodland, that lies between residential homes and the railway.
“This will cause complete destruction of the woodland which is home to a family of badgers and other animals and a plethora of flora and fauna, which include protected trees.”
One resident said: “Profiteering over ecology should not be allowed. Destroying trees and habitats must not be allowed to happen. Open free spaces for people is essential for mental health and must take priority over greedy profiteering excuses for humans.”
Another commented: “We’ve already had a huge amount of damage to precious woodland areas with HS2. We have so little left that it desperately needs to be protected before it disappears altogether.”
Another former resident said: “I love Pinner and used to live there. This development would spoil the village and cause a lot of traffic chaos.”
DLBP Ltd, the agent on behalf of applicant Mr Sanjay Lakhani were contacted for comment.
You can view the full application on the Harrow Council planning portal by searching P/3450/21 or visit the petition at www.change.org/p/harrow-council-stop-the-pinner-road-development