I met with Councillor Adilypour and representatives from the Woodgate Drive Residents Group about the proposed development for 100 Woodgate Drive. Plans are in place to demolish the existing Homebase building at 100 Woodgate Drive (opposite Streatham common station) and erect four new buildings between 6 storeys (21.4 metres) and 14 storeys (48.2 metres) in height. Residents have written to me to express their concern that if the development goes ahead, not only will it be aesthetically out of sorts with the area, but it will also have a drastic impact on local services like GPs, dentistry and schols, with added strains on traffic and parking.
Just 56 of the 258 new homes would be on the market at affordable rent. Major developments of this kind should only go ahead with the expressed consent of local residents. As a member of Parliament, I do not have executive authority over planning applications and council decisions, however, I will continue to raise residents’ concerns and push the Council to proactively consult with residents.