This is a copy of a letter sent to Barnet Council.
Dear members and officers,
Re: Stonegrove Regeneration on the Stanmore border (Stonegrove and Spur Road Estates, a part of the Barnet Council’s regeneration projects, are situated on the edge of the green belt at the very northern edge of the London Borough of Barnet, close to Stanmore tube station and adjoining the London Borough of Harrow)
We have been hearing serious concerns from the local residents in the area about this development who strongly believe, and we agree, that the frontage along Stonegrove needs better presentation.
The concerns expressed by the residents include:
There has been a significant amendment to the of design since a different division of Barratts has
taken over the running of the scheme
The scheme that bears no relationship to any of the existing buildings or character of the area
The design actually resembles a multi-storey car park and is essentially of an experimental form of architecture which would appear to be incongruous in the street scene and out of place
The scheme comprises very urban ‘cardboard box’ style housing, where all the blocks are wrapped in a strictly rectangular straight-jacket and where the balconies are recessed, meaning most of them will be in the shade in the summer sunshine
The materials used in this the latest phase at Stonegrove is of a solid and relentlessly brick
elevation, which gives a heavy and clumsy architectural appearance
The regeneration scheme was intended to reintegrate the problematic Stonegrove estate, but there is no sign here of integration
We hope that the local planning authority would seriously consider the residents’ concerns and views in determining this application, which we understand contains all reserved matters for the entire remaining scheme in one all encompassing planning application.
Councillor Husain Akhtar
Councillor Amir Moshenson
Councillor Richard Romain
Conservative Canons ward councillors on Harrow Council