Hornsey and Wood Green MP Lynne Featherstone and Lib Dem planning spokesperson Cllr Jonathan Bloch have welcomed the establishment of a new residents’ action group to fight the over-development of Wood Green.

The Watsons Road Action Group (WRAG) was formed last month following a special meeting of the Avenue Gardens Residents’ Association, attended by fifty residents, to discuss proposals to build 97 homes on the Watsons Road site – the latest of six major recent developments or proposals in the area.

The Lib Dems, who over the last few years have consistently campaigned against overdevelopment in Haringey, share the concerns of WRAG who feel that the proposals are too intensive and the multi-story architecture is out of keeping with its surroundings.

Ms Featherstone will be calling for an inquiry into the future of developments in Wood Green. She, along with Cllr Bloch and WRAG, feels that the local impact on traffic and transport, school places and healthcare of this planning proposal, along with four similar ones around the centre of Wood Green, needs to be properly considered.She has also called for more time over the controversial planning application in Lordship Lane after Haringey Council failed to provide all the relevant documents to local residents and campaigners about the plans. This is despite a council commitment that documents would be provided in time to allow residents to fully consider them and respond.Ms Featherstone says that no planning application should be considered ‘in play’ until all the relevant documents are available to the public – which they were not on this occasion.

Lynne Featherstone MP comments:

“There are now so many housing developments in Wood Green, either just completed, proposed or on the horizon, that Haringey as a borough needs to step back and take stock. Simply cramming in more blocks of flats, one by one, to meet Mayor Ken’s targets without considering the wider implications, is not the answer.”

Cllr Jonathan Bloch adds:

“Local groups such as RATT (Residents Against Twin Towers), WRAG (Watsons Road Action Group) and AGRA (the Avenue Gardens Residents Association) are rightly bringing this creeping overdevelopment in Wood Green to everyone’s attention.

“It is up to Haringey Council to subject all proposals to the most rigorous examination. There must be no room for second-rate developments in Haringey.”