A FORMER sheltered housing scheme in Pinner that could be extended and turned into private apartments has caused an uproar among neighbours for the second time.
Powerday, a recycling company with a property development arm, has applied to Harrow Council for a change of use and conversion of Abbeyfield House, a pair of semi-detached houses in West End Avenue, into flats.
The property contains 14 separate en-suite bedrooms with communal facilities and Powerday seeks to convert these into seven two-bed self-contained flats.
Neighbour have voiced their concerns in objections sent to the council planning department.
John Harker of West End Avenue said: “The close proximity of the properties to the West Lodge School means that at school closing and opening times the road is jammed with parked cars and others seeking parking space.
“This makes it quite dangerous as many children cross the road at the exit from Dickson Fold.
“Children ‘play’ in the road; through drivers make no allowance.
“There is no lollipop warden. Additional parked traffic from the proposed development will make this situation worse.”
Powerday's application asks for permission for a first floor rear extension, a one-storey rear extension, first and second floor infill rear extensions, two rear dormer windows and access ramps at the front and rear.
It is a variation of a previous application to turn the property into eight flats that was withdrawn after neighbours similarly objected.
John Dibben, of West End Avenue, said in his objection letter to the latest scheme: “This application is essentially the same as [last year’s application] with one bedroom less. That was rejected and so should this one be.”
John Kelly, of Kellys planning consultancy, said: “You’ve got the residents who don’t want redevelopment at all although some of them would prefer to change the property back to residential but only to convert each house to two flats each, so only four in total, and that wouldn’t work for our clients.
“We looked at this scheme for months to try to get things right.
“Vehicles, the location of the rubbish bins, the recycling facilities, the cycling facilities - everything they have asked for has been addressed.”