'It will look like a concrete jungle': Concerns raised over plans to build 400 new homes in The Hyde

Times Series: Lisa Dooley looks at the plans with her three-year-old daughter Destiny Anderson. Lisa Dooley looks at the plans with her three-year-old daughter Destiny Anderson.

Plans to build 400 new homes and a shopping area could turn Hendon into a “concrete jungle”.

This week developer NEAT Developments held a public exhibition to showcase its proposals to build on a site between Rookery Way and Edgware Road in The Hyde.

There is currently a Homebase and a second-hand car sales lot on the site, which NEAT wants to redevelop in spring 2016.

As well as approximately 390 flats, there will be no more than ten houses and between 280 and 300 parking spaces.

NEAT Developments also wants to create what it calls a Hendon Hub, providing a workspace for small and medium sized businesses as well as a cafe and plaza.

As of yesterday, the developers had received 30 comments on the plans, 17 of which were positive, 11 negative and two which were classed as “neutral”.

The Times Series spoke to some people who came to view the plans yesterday.

Lisa Dooley, who lives in Rookery Close, just yards from the proposed development, said: “I’m horrified and really quite upset about this. It’s going to be an eyesore.

“At the moment we have a community space outside our house and directly behind that will be this huge development. It will look like a concrete jungle.”

The mother-of-four, who has lived in Colindale all her life, is also worried more homes will mean more crime in the area.

She said: “I understand the need to build more homes, but just not as many as they’re proposing. Four hundred is a whole heap.”

Zakia Zubairi, who lives on the border of Colindale and Mill Hill, also argued that NEAT's proposed ratio of 30 per cent affordable housing is not enough and criticised the lack of infrastructure.

She said: “They’re not going to build a school or a health centre, which is needed, and there will be a lot more congestion on the roads.”

Dinesh Patel, who has lived in Colindale for 20 years, agreed the plans will create traffic problems in an area which is already “chock-a-block”.

He said: “It’s gridlocked around here and more cars will only add to the problem. I think a hospital should be built on the site instead.”

But Dan Gardner, development manager for NEAT, said the plans would be a “significant improvement” to the area.

He said: “The Hendon Hub will provide people with space to set-up their businesses, with amazing internet connection, meeting spaces, links with the local education providers - as well as much-needed new homes.”

The plans will go on display again at St Matthias Church in Rushgrove Avenue from 4.30pm to 7.30pm.

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6:41pm Fri 20 Jun 14

Neville Longbottom says...

Build a hospital?

Edgware is just down the road.
Build a hospital? Edgware is just down the road. Neville Longbottom
  • Score: 4

9:16pm Fri 20 Jun 14

Local Colindale resident says...

Not only Concrete jungle.
From Homebase either way North/ South within less then half mile Already over flowed of new dwellings(flats) builded near mcdonalds / asda / conlindale stations and soon the yohan plaza. Go west hendon new flats still building.
Guess the council / developer missing the element of hospital / school how the hack are this going impact in an already over the capacity of people but No hospital / school which are over capacity.
Also crime which has got worse in colindale.
As its its over OVER capacity.
FOR ONCE THINK OVER.. JUST THINK... ALREADY OVER PLANNED, OVER FLOW in dwellings / traffic / crime etc guess someone's thinking well locals are not saying lets make bucks.
Lets come together urging ALL Local community that we can together come as one and fight this off for a more better usage then letting more dwellings.
Not only Concrete jungle. From Homebase either way North/ South within less then half mile Already over flowed of new dwellings(flats) builded near mcdonalds / asda / conlindale stations and soon the yohan plaza. Go west hendon new flats still building. Guess the council / developer missing the element of hospital / school how the hack are this going impact in an already over the capacity of people but No hospital / school which are over capacity. Also crime which has got worse in colindale. As its its over OVER capacity. FOR ONCE THINK OVER.. JUST THINK... ALREADY OVER PLANNED, OVER FLOW in dwellings / traffic / crime etc guess someone's thinking well locals are not saying lets make bucks. Lets come together urging ALL Local community that we can together come as one and fight this off for a more better usage then letting more dwellings. Local Colindale resident
  • Score: 20

11:17pm Fri 20 Jun 14

Patel1 says...

Been living here for 24years, what was a 5 min journey to Asda now takes me 20 mins if lucky.. Already too many flats, homes and houses, really do we need anymore. What happened to space n greenery.. What's next convert all parks to flats as well.. Has the government lost all control or run out of money completely.. Its a complete congested on roads.. Surely would be wise to build out of London..
Been living here for 24years, what was a 5 min journey to Asda now takes me 20 mins if lucky.. Already too many flats, homes and houses, really do we need anymore. What happened to space n greenery.. What's next convert all parks to flats as well.. Has the government lost all control or run out of money completely.. Its a complete congested on roads.. Surely would be wise to build out of London.. Patel1
  • Score: 18

4:10pm Sat 21 Jun 14

Jon10 says...

Yet more pressure on our roads - which the developers do not have to worry about!
Yet more pressure on our roads - which the developers do not have to worry about! Jon10
  • Score: 12

12:38am Sun 22 Jun 14

Stephen B says...

No!!!!!!!!!!!!! Go and find some empty land elsewhere instead of invading and disrupting the lives of local people in order to make profit. Wickes in colindale was demolished to make way for 489 flats, it's a total oversized eyesore now and overshadows the local area becoming claustrophobic. The infrastructure is already over spilling, school places, doctors. Leave the area alone!
No!!!!!!!!!!!!! Go and find some empty land elsewhere instead of invading and disrupting the lives of local people in order to make profit. Wickes in colindale was demolished to make way for 489 flats, it's a total oversized eyesore now and overshadows the local area becoming claustrophobic. The infrastructure is already over spilling, school places, doctors. Leave the area alone! Stephen B
  • Score: 13

10:45am Mon 23 Jun 14

Barnet Resident says...

Difficult to comment as I was unable to attend the exhibition dates and the plans are not available online yet. I do agree that the overdevelopment of Colindale is getting out of hand now. New homes but no new infrastructure. Traffic is becoming ridiculous. New school opening in Sept on the very busy and problematic Colindeep Lane, however it is an independent secondary school and so not available to most of the local residents' children as it's fee paying. Why allow that when we need new secondary places in the state system?
Difficult to comment as I was unable to attend the exhibition dates and the plans are not available online yet. I do agree that the overdevelopment of Colindale is getting out of hand now. New homes but no new infrastructure. Traffic is becoming ridiculous. New school opening in Sept on the very busy and problematic Colindeep Lane, however it is an independent secondary school and so not available to most of the local residents' children as it's fee paying. Why allow that when we need new secondary places in the state system? Barnet Resident
  • Score: 5

12:56pm Mon 23 Jun 14

Local Colindale resident says...

*Look around within half mile radius from home base.
*Already concrete jungle, overbuilt which has had n have created great traffic blocks, crime is high.
*Edgware community hospital overflowed long waitings, schools already overflowed.
*For Good Nesssake Think what will happen to a already over flowed area.
No one directors of Neat developers guess leaving in this area if they were... they would also oppose.
*This place is fine with home base as it's making money unless behind the doors spinoffs which obviously us as locals may not know.
Worth Noting more homes still coming: Site of Peel centre / British Library Newspaper
which Already over build / Oriental City / West Hendon areas still building.
To All locals this is our area WE HAVE RIGHTS TOO (don't forget) we pay taxes we live here our children etc let's give them a run. It's common sense.
* Area needs cinemas, good restaurant s were the community comes togather.
As a local am putting a voice n urge all locals too, and Urge the Barnet officials too, to put the COMMUNITY FIRST then to this already OVER THE CAPACITY build up area if you don't then am sorry to say shame to Barnet council.
Urge the Mayor and dare you if you really care London as whole, come to colindale first hand and see for yourself and talk to us first hand and let us locals who voted you have right too over developers.
*Look around within half mile radius from home base. *Already concrete jungle, overbuilt which has had n have created great traffic blocks, crime is high. *Edgware community hospital overflowed long waitings, schools already overflowed. *For Good Nesssake Think what will happen to a already over flowed area. No one directors of Neat developers guess leaving in this area if they were... they would also oppose. *This place is fine with home base as it's making money unless behind the doors spinoffs which obviously us as locals may not know. Worth Noting more homes still coming: Site of Peel centre / British Library Newspaper which Already over build / Oriental City / West Hendon areas still building. To All locals this is our area WE HAVE RIGHTS TOO (don't forget) we pay taxes we live here our children etc let's give them a run. It's common sense. * Area needs cinemas, good restaurant s were the community comes togather. As a local am putting a voice n urge all locals too, and Urge the Barnet officials too, to put the COMMUNITY FIRST then to this already OVER THE CAPACITY build up area if you don't then am sorry to say shame to Barnet council. Urge the Mayor and dare you if you really care London as whole, come to colindale first hand and see for yourself and talk to us first hand and let us locals who voted you have right too over developers. Local Colindale resident
  • Score: 10

2:13pm Sun 29 Jun 14

Treenut says...

Agree wholeheartedly with the comments here. Colindale needs hospitals, cinemas, green space...not even more overbearing buildings. Please go elsewhere developers.
Agree wholeheartedly with the comments here. Colindale needs hospitals, cinemas, green space...not even more overbearing buildings. Please go elsewhere developers. Treenut
  • Score: 0

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