The Independent London Newspaper
27th March 2017

'Destructive' plan to replace leafy street’s trees with homes sparks fury

    Arkwright Road

    A property firm is seeking permission to build three family-sized houses in rear gardens in Arkwright Road

    Published: 11 January, 2016
    by ELLA JESSEL

    RESIDENTS on a leafy Hampstead street have hit out at their neighbours’ “destructive” plans to squeeze three new houses in their back garden by tearing down trees and greenery.

    A property firm acting on behalf of the Shinder family, which owns numbers 29 and 33 Arkwright Road, is seeking permission from the Town Hall to build three modern family-sized houses in the rear gardens.

    But the plans have sparked a row with neighbouring home­owners who say building on the private gardens, which sit within the Redington and Frognal Conservation Area, will create “oppres­sive overcrowding”. Barbara Dohmann, who lives across the road, said the “cynical” develop­ment would mean the foliage that currently screens her home from busy Finchley Road will disappear.

    She said: “I am absolutely horrified that they continue to destroy what brings people to Hampstead, which is the trees. The gardens are described by the owners themselves as beautiful mature fruit trees. It must be stopped.”

    Objecting to the application, civic group the Heath and Hampstead Society said it was “inevitable” that listed trees and green space would be lost and that neighbours’ privacy would be compromised by the plans.

    The group also objects to the architectural style of the development, describing one of the drawings as resembling “an electricity substation”.

    Another neighbour, Professor Malcolm Weller, said that once the greenery is replaced by buildings it will be gone forever. He added: “We consider that the application is an overdevelopment in a conservation area. Little by little, the large gardens that characterise our neighbourhood and make Hampstead such a desirable place in which to live, are being eroded by developers who prob­ably have no intention of living here themselves.”

    Daniel Leon, of Square Feet Architects, acting on behalf of the developer Amirilan, declined to comment.

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