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Letters: Finchley flats will block our sunlight

The proposed development on the North Finchley Homebase is a disaster for nearby terraced houses

By Susie and Stephen Aleck 15 February 2022

Dear Barnet Post,Dear Barnet Post,

We feel we have to write to you about the proposed blocks of flats to be built on the old Homebase site, in North Finchley.We feel we have to write to you about the proposed blocks of flats to be built on the old Homebase site, in North Finchley.

The Homebase site lies between three residential roads, with attractive Edwardian two-storey terraced houses with front and back gardens, and polite four-storey suburban flats set back from the road behind trimmed lawns. The fourth side of the site is on North Finchley’s High Road, facing more two-storey houses across the road.The Homebase site lies between three residential roads, with attractive Edwardian two-storey terraced houses with front and back gardens, and polite four-storey suburban flats set back from the road behind trimmed lawns. The fourth side of the site is on North Finchley’s High Road, facing more two-storey houses across the road.

Local people had hoped that something useful or attractive might now be planned in this quiet corner of Finchley, following the closure of Homebase. Local people had hoped that something useful or attractive might now be planned in this quiet corner of Finchley, following the closure of Homebase. 

However, the current plans for the Homebase site include eight blocks of cramped little flats up to seven storeys high, squeezed onto this comparatively small site with little space between them. However, the current plans for the Homebase site include eight blocks of cramped little flats up to seven storeys high, squeezed onto this comparatively small site with little space between them. 

The flats will tower over the backs of our terraced houses, looking down into our gardens and windows, like this cutting out daylight and sunlight in contravention of rules set out by government bodies. Where the blocks will be on existing road frontages, they rise sheer above the pavement, blocking out the view of the sky for the traditional houses across the road.The flats will tower over the backs of our terraced houses, looking down into our gardens and windows, like this cutting out daylight and sunlight in contravention of rules set out by government bodies. Where the blocks will be on existing road frontages, they rise sheer above the pavement, blocking out the view of the sky for the traditional houses across the road.

So keen are the developers to cram as many flats as possible onto this site, that they have reduced the number of parking spaces to be provided until there is only one parking space for every four flats!So keen are the developers to cram as many flats as possible onto this site, that they have reduced the number of parking spaces to be provided until there is only one parking space for every four flats!

All in all, this is a very unsuitable development for this site. Yes, we do need lots more housing in London, but we must take care that we do not ruin our beautiful, peaceful suburbs.All in all, this is a very unsuitable development for this site. Yes, we do need lots more housing in London, but we must take care that we do not ruin our beautiful, peaceful suburbs.

Yours faithfully,Yours faithfully,

Susie and Stephen Aleck, North FinchleySusie and Stephen Aleck, North Finchley