This shabby old site on the corner of York Way and Wharfdale Road (map) has been the subject of all sorts of weirdness over the years under the long term ownership of some land banking property developers with little interest in the community (links to some history here).
The council threw out the devleopers’ latest plans for development and now the developers are appealing. Basically the developers are desperate to win an appeal, as without planning permission the site is worth millions less and in all likelihood is an important part of collateral for a chain of debt. They are so desperate that we suddenly see a consultative approach (details below) – some new plans as well as the appeal to cover both bases in case they lose.
Plans showing exactly what they are seeking to change have been requested, however to date nothing has been provided that can be re-distributed to local residents. It will therefore be important to attend this meeting at the architects offices off Upper Street. It is a bit odd to have a consultation not at the site and without a plan being circulated, some might smell a rat.
It should be pointed out that these proposed modifications could be positive – but we will not know until we see exactly is being proposed, so please try to make a point of attending this meeting. Remember if they see limited attendance, they will surely use it as further justification with the Council to get their plan – for better or worse!
This consultation will take place on 27, 28 Feb from 5 to 8 PM at
Tim Foster Architects
1 Purley Place
London, N1 1QA
Tel: 020 7354 1315