The Mayor of London Boris Johnson has rubber stamped plans from Tory controlled Barnet Council to build up to four 29 storey tower blocks alongside the Welsh Harp despite fierce opposition from Brent Labour, community groups, residents and other political parties.
The Welsh Harp is Brent’s only site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and these plans are a threat to local wildlife. The additional 2,000 property units will lead to considerable strain on traffic infrastructure, local GP services and other local amenities.
Together we led a strong campaign which resulted in Barnet Council receiving 350 written objections from residents, a petition with nearly 1,000 signatures and a personal letter from the Labour Leader of Brent Council, Cllr Muhammed Butt, and the entire council executive opposing the plans.
Labour's London Assembly Member for Brent & Harrow, Navin Shah AM said:
‘’This is an outrageous decision by the Mayor of London which will obliterate the beautiful landscape, tranquility and ecological values of a site which should be protected for its special scientific interest. The Mayor has ignored the policies of his own London Plan and given Barnet Council the green light to vandalise this site of it’s great value.
‘’340 people have written to the Mayor asking him to refuse this application. Furthermore, there has also been a submission of two petitions that have been signed by 987 people. It is disgraceful that the Mayor has yet again refused to listen to local communities in Brent and Barnet. People will never forgive him for signing off the destruction of this site’’.