Stanmore residents recently joined protests against proposals for a new development.
Property developers Ballymore and Transport for London (TfL) shared its vision for the redevelopment of the Broadwalk Centre in Edgware in July.
The plans include 25 new buildings, up to 3,365 one-, two- and three-bedroom homes, 463 student units, and a new library by 2030. More than half of the new buildings would stand at least 18 floors tall.
The Save Our Edgware group states: “Our town centre would be more dense than Manhattan.
“Local infrastructure is already under strain, and Ballymore are not offering enough new facilities to support this huge population increase.”
Residents of Edgware and the surrounding areas, including Stanmore, marched through the Broadwalk in protest on September 3.
Stanmore councillor and Deputy Leader of Harrow Council Marilyn Ashton told Stanmorenews: “We need more homes but this development is way too intense. Harrow Council intends to object to this proposal.”
A spokesperson on behalf of Ballymore and TfL: “Our proposed plans – in joint venture with Transport for London – would deliver nearly 3,500 new homes, including up to 1,100 affordable homes, creating hundreds of new jobs and spurring economic opportunity across Edgware at a time when London needs new housing more than ever.
“We absolutely recognise the need for the development to include significant amounts of infrastructure. The proposed scheme would deliver £1.7 billion of investment in the local community, unlocking benefits that local residents have said are sorely needed. This would include health infrastructure such as GPs and dentists, community space, a library, parks, playgrounds, extensive retail, restaurant and leisure space as well as a significant contribution to Barnet’s local education budget.
“Together with TfL, we have worked closely with the Edgware community for more than three years to gain their insights into how the development can best serve local needs. These contributions have been invaluable in guiding the design process and prompting significant adaptations. We will continue to collaborate with the local community and our partner TfL as we work to deliver a thriving future for Edgware.”