Haringey is consulting about a proposed housing development on the Wellington gyratory on the sire of the American Carwash. Details of the proposals can be found here
. The final online presentation of the proposals by Haringey will be through an online meeting on the 10th March and comments are invited by 20th March.
Members of the Highgate Society planning group attended an earlier consultation meeting and raised a number of concerns. These included the lack of suitable pedestrian access, and potential high levels of noise and air pollution due to the main road site. It is intended that most of the development will be social housing with a small number of units for sale. Residents will not have a car parking space and will have only limited external space.
Haringey have made attempts to address the pollution concerns with window openings on the northern side which will not be openable. Nevertheless it seems that the standard of accommodation will be less than should be expected from a new development. While it is better than it might be, it will compare unfavourably with other social housing across the road, the “Kenwood Estate”, the earliest social housing in Highgate built by Hornsey Council, or with those in Hampstead Garden Suburb.
Changes to the gyratory have been discussed in the past and we encourage Haringey and TfL to work together to achieve this. A scheme that removed the gyratory could make this junction safer and also release a larger plot of land for development.