Why

WHY?

This website is the response to the great concern and worry we have over the proposed TfL development in the centre of Northwood with the loss of its local businesses.

After the recent public consultation sessions about the proposed TfL development a few of us got together and compared what we were told by the professional engagement company employed by TfL. The proposed development lies in the Conservation Area and the buildings proposed for removal were built in 1925 and form a backbone of its local shops and the business community.

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Ater the recent public consultation sessions about the proposed TfL development a few of us got together and compared what we were told by the professional engagement company employed by TfL. The proposed development lies in the Conservation Area and the buildings proposed for removal were built in 1925 and form a backbone of its local shops and the business community.

It was quite outstanding how sensible people had come away from the exhibition with a different understanding of the proposals, traffic, parking, height and massing. Of course the engagement team employed by TfL are trying to portray the best position of the plans to the residents. They are engaged at a very significant cost to the taxpayer to portray the proposals in the best possible light.

Impressions were given the plans were under discussion by the council in pre-application meetings and Option 2 was an inevitability. Another impression put forward at length is car parking would not be a problem. As the TfL team remarked, “people who live in apartments should not have cars” or “they should car share”.

It is apparent that a small town such as Northwood will struggle to absorb so many new people and where many areas are being considered for redevelopment and each time it is more and more flats (the Pinnacle, the bottom of Green Lane) as the developers, seeking to maximise profit margins looking to squeeze more and more units into a small space with no concern for the town. We are familiar with the struggling infrastructure; the need for quality family homes, local employment yet the TfL plans will throw a significant number out of work. There must be a way to help people make the decision makers know how they feel. TfL already consider they have all the local stakeholders supporting their proposals.

This website is therefore the result of a few concerned people getting together. We will try and use it to highlight the impact of the proposed developments on the town and give a different side to the image being portrayed by the engagement company, TfL and its consultants.

As people who live or work in the area, the town of Northwood means a great deal to all of us. We’ve all seen the town develop over the years and there are times when it feels there is no more space but there is always some eager developer trying to squeeze an ever-increasing number of residential units into ever decreasing spaces to maximise profit. We set up this website, not because we are against development but because there is a better alternative to the total demolition and re-development proposed by TfL. You will hear time and time again that TfL have gone over and beyond what they have to do to consult and say that residents support their development. We challenge that true consultation has taken place. The many signatures on the new petition in the shops against Option 2 show that.

We highlight some of the aspects of this proposal by Tfl so that people can understand the issues and the impact it has on the conservation area, trying to balance the highly polished view presented by the professional engagement agency employed by Tfl.

Transport for London and their PR consultants have gone to great lengths to promote this proposed construction of 4-storey blocks with a so-called piazza and the many people we spoke to assume there is absolutely nothing we can do about it.

We think there is and you will see on our website how to do this. If you don’t agree with TfL and its re-development plans please tell your local councillors, MP, The Mayor of London and Hillingdon Council. Northwood’s Voice have tried to give you a way of doing that and you can use the tools on this website to make that easier if you wish.

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