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Building over car park will impact women's safety

Chipping Barnet MP Theresa Villiers will protest plans to build over High Barnet car parks

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Sadiq Khan is being urged to reconsider plans to build over Tube station car parks in Barnet, Enfield and Harrow.

In 2019, the Mayor of London revealed plans to build homes on TfL land, including at least 15 station car parks across London.

But the plans have proved to be controversial and have been met with local opposition, with residents voicing concerns over the height of some of the proposed plans and the loss of parking spaces.

On Thursday, ahead of the final Mayor’s Question Time at City Hall before the GLA relocates to the Royal Docks, Chipping Barnet MP Theresa Villiers will lead a protest against the schemes in her constituency.

The Conservative MP said: “Suburban station car parks provide important park-and-ride facilities enabling people to get on to the public transport system. Building over them will make life harder for commuters just trying to get to work. There are real concerns about women’s security as well. Women who work longer hours or shifts will no longer have the option to pick up their car from a station car park when returning home evening, leaving them facing waiting in the dark at a bus stop or trying find a taxi.

“People with disabilities or impaired mobility will also be hit hard because options like walking and cycling would not be a realistic option for them.”

The Mayor of London last month called in a planning application to build 277 homes next to Stanmore Tube station after the plans were rejected by Harrow council in the summer.

The City Hall report outlining why the application was called in said it would contribute towards affordable housing targets.

But plans to develop on car parks at High Barnet and Finchley Road stations have been dropped after the developer involved decided not to pursue the schemes, Sadiq Khan revealed last month. Plans remain in place to build on the car parks at Cockfosters and Arnos Grove stations.

Sadiq Khan has said: “I have been clear that we need to build new homes in sustainable locations, including land close to stations. It is entirely appropriate that TfL and its partners revise proposals many times during the pre-application process in response to local feedback. Ultimately, London urgently needs new homes and utilising TfL’s land remains one of our best ways to tackle the housing crisis.”

Mr Khan added TfL and developers “deliver best-practice community engagement” and have “spoken to thousands of Londoners and spent hundreds of hours meeting with residents’ groups, businesses, elected representatives and officers to discuss proposals”.

Following the protest outside of City Hall on Thursday, the Mayor of London is expected to face further questions about plans to develop TfL land during Mayor’s Question Time.