Listed below are our objections.
It’s really important that all adults in your household submit individual objections.
A couple of sentences will suffice. Please don’t simply ‘cut and paste’, these are just ideas. Please use your own words.
• Tower blocks are not suitable on the site
• Key workers cannot afford the rents
• The flats are not truly affordable
• ‘Affordable flats’ are segregated from others.
• Does not reduce Enfield’s housing crisis.
• The development is too dense.
• Too little amenity space
• No upgrade to the local infrastructure.
• The car park is essential for vulnerable tube users
• Tenants will park on local streets
• Restricted site access will cause traffic chaos.
• 5 years’ disruption during construction.
• Out of character with Cockfosters.
• Permanent harm to the conservation area and heritage.
• Would dominate the Green Belt and local views.
And here are some more detailed objections:
- The proposed four tower blocks are massive, all four much taller than the existing Blackhorse Tower. One is 14 storeys, two are 13, and one is 10 storeys high.
- Market rents will be unaffordable for key workers. None of the rents are within the Mayor of London’s definition of what is ‘truly affordable’.
- Tenants of ‘affordable’ units will be segregated in one tower and in half of a second, i.e. segregation based on ability to pay.
- The development does not address Enfield’s housing needs. Three-bed family houses are needed but less than a tenth of the proposed housing units are family homes.
- The proposed housing density is +7 times the norm for an outer suburb, indeed twice the norm for a city centre, and amenity space for residents and the public is inadequate.
- There is no provision for upgrading local infrastructure, e.g. schools, GP surgeries and hospitals.
- The existing ‘Park & Ride’ is essential to local residents, particularly disabled residents, and tube users from further afield.
- Vulnerable, pregnant and women with children may not find parking and therefore will find difficulty using the Tube.
- It is unrealistic to expect tenants in the development not to have cars.
- There will be increased parking in already crowded local streets and probably a Controlled Parking Zone (CPZ), where you will have to pay to park outside your own house.
- The access to the site from the heavily congested Cockfosters Road is wholly unsuitable.
- Construction will bring up to 5 years of noise, dirt and disruption to the Cockfosters Road, harming local businesses and commuters.
- The proposed design does not fit with the character of Cockfosters as a suburban area and the adjoining country park.
- The site lies in Trent Park Conservation Area and is close to protected heritage assets that would be irreparably harmed.
- The development is on the edge of the Green Belt and would dominate views from Trent Park and beyond.