Liberal Democrats Play Key Role in Preventing Finchley Tower Block
By Dom Aubrey-Jones
Residents in Finchley Church End were understandably unhappy when they found out about proposals for a 27-storey tower-block with no amenities built on top of Finchley Central station. Such a development would not be in keeping with the local area, would overwhelm local services and result in the loss of most car parking at Finchley Central tube Station.
Local resident and Finchley Church End candidate in the May 2022 local elections, Daniel Fenesan, sat on the steering committee of the local pressure group 'Hands Off Finchley Central' to actively lobby our MP and Barnet Council to stand against the excessive nature of the development. The developer subsequently reformed their plans to decrease the height to 20-storeys and include a 'pocket park' in the plans. They later pulled out of the project as a result of the pandemic.
The Conservative Council want to allow unrestricted development led by development companies, providing no local amenities and taking an axe to the station car park. Lib Dems want resident-led development that is sympathetic to the existing area.
It is only a matter of time until a new developer partner is found by Transport for London. The Conservative's record in Finchley, and Barnet more generally, shows they are incapable of standing up to the Labour mayor against excessive development1.
They can't be trusted with Finchley Central. The way to protect Finchley against excessive development is to vote Liberal Democrat on 5th of May.
1. High-rise Cricklewood plan gets go-ahead despite local anger - Barnet Post Sept 2021- https://barnetpost.co.uk/high-rise-cricklewood-plan-gets-go-ahead-despite-local-anger