Liberal Democrat MP Lynne Featherstone and Hornsey Councillor Monica Whyte both wrote to the Mayor, and asked him not to approve the application in its current form. They repeated the concerns on quality of development, housing density and impact on local trade and traffic – alongside concerns about drainage and possible damp problems on the depot site.
The Mayor of London had the power to instruct the Council to reject the application or to take over the application himself – however he opted to do neither.
The rubber stamping is the latest bad news in the on-going Hornsey Depot saga. Local Liberal Democrats and residents remain outraged, as Labour-run Haringey Council approved the application, despite objections from Hornsey Liberal Democrat councillors and local residents.
At Council level, the application went through on the Labour Chair’s casting vote even though all the Liberal Democrat members on the committee voted against the application.
Hornsey Campaigner Dawn Barnes said:
“Local residents are really worried about this development. It’s clear that the Labour-run Council have rushed this through and missed the chance to make crucial amendments. Now the Conservative Mayor has let us down, too.
“We’ll continue to speak up for residents, to try and get the best deal possible for Hornsey.”
Commenting, Lynne Featherstone MP said:
“It’s appalling that such a flawed application has been waived through by both the Labour Council and now, the Conservative Mayor.
“The Liberal Democrats in Hornsey will keep representing local residents and fighting for changes to these plans.
“We will be going back to the developers, and I’ll be writing to Sainsbury’s to ask that they recruit local residents to work in the store once it’s open. It is so important that local residents benefit from this development as much as possible.”