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Note of Meeting 25.9.13 with Thomas Cardis, LBHF Planning Department
Re Old Oak Development impact on Wormwood Scrubs
Transport for London (TfL), (and Greater London Authority).oversaw the consultation process; Supportive of HS2; determined to achieve Overground extension into the Old Oak International station.
LBHF. All rail aspects are within the borough boundary. Very aware of the impact on Wormwood Scrubs. They may petition for an Overground station on the North London line (no impact on the Scrubs). Want earliest possible residential development on North Pole and Crossrail Depot sites.
HS2Ltd. A limited Company, and a public authority answerable to Department for Transport, thus subject to Freedom of Information Act 2000. Charged with building HS2, on which the Old Oak International station depends. Old Oak International station will be the responsibility of HS2.
Network Rail. Concerned to retain use of North Pole Depot lines and sheds as long as possible. NPD currently owned by BR Residuary Body, but in course of transfer to London and Continental Railways.
Indicative Time tables - note that these are not set in stone but purely indicative
December 2013 - HS2 bill presented to parliament, including connections to HS1 and Great Western Main Line.
January 2014 (indicative) - TfL are likely to consult on an option for connecting the London Overground network to the Old Oak Common station in advance of any period for petitioning against the High Speed 2 Bill. Also on road link over canal and branch northwards on Crossrail. (corrected, Nov 8, after clarification from T Cardis).
March – April 2014. 2nd reading of HS2 bill. Petitions from TfL and LBHF for inclusions in HS2 Bill. TfL will petition for the Overground extension over Wormwood Scrubs, and a northern branch of Crossrail. LBHF may petition for the road link over the canal; that there should be no rail depot north of Little Scrubs; Overground station on North London Line; and for early delivery of Crossrail to accelerate development.
May – June 2014. Committee stage of HS2 Bill.
2014. LBHF consultation on Local Plan including new policies for Old Oak, followed by consultation on ‘Supplementary Planning Document’ for the area.
2020 start construction of Overground extension, and Old Oak station
2026 Completion of Overground extension and Old Oak International
2026. Earliest likely Release of North Pole Depot, although LBHF will continue to lobby for an earlier date. LBHF lawyers are still considering the legal position of NPD, given that the land was dedicated specifically to Eurostar. There is an argument that an amendment to the 1987 HS1 Act would be needed to allow residential development on this land.
Impact on Wormwood Scrubs
Tom Cardis understands that TfL are considering a modest change in the proposed overground extension route, taking it further north along the boundary before looping across the west end of the Scrubs.
The present North Pole Depot sheds are approximately 7m high, and can be seen over the embankment from Wormwood Scrubs. The Overground extension viaduct running parallel to the north boundary of the Subs would be at least 4.5m high, to which has to be added the height of the trains thereon, a further 4m. Residential development on the NPD site is likely to require at least five stories in order to attract developers – a minimum of 15-20m high, overlooking the Scrubs. Thus the whole of the north side of the Scrubs would be massively overlooked (not to mention the tower blocks envisaged as part of the station complex), as well as directly impacted by the noise of passing trains.
Direct access to Wormwood Scrubs is proposed from the International station and the residential development. LBHF have reduced the number of access points to one (from three) - only indicative at this stage. Within the current HS2 remit there is no access and this could only be provided once the IEP depots are released – probably after 2030. No plans have as yet been drawn up for the future format of Wormwood Scrubs. TC expressed sympathy with the view that the wilderness and LNRs should be left as little changed as possible.
Tom Cardis stated that there will be NO reduction in the woodland habitats. As currently proposed by TfL the viaduct will be built on the edge of North Pole Depot, NOT intruding on the Scrubs, up to the point at which it starts to loop at the west end.
The boundary of Wormwood Scrubs along the line of the steel security fence at the top of Lester’s Embankment is confirmed by TC.
The Overground extension should be the only matter where there is a conflict of interest between LBHF as Trustee of the Wormwood Scrubs Charity and as planning authority. Building of the overground extension viaduct would probably require an amendment to the 1879 Act, “or repeal”! This could be included in the HS2 Bill petition.
LBHF would like to see the Crossrail station opened in advance of HS2 (scheduled for 2026) to give residents fast access into London.
On the East side of the present West London Line, LBHF plans demolition of the Mitre Lane industrial estate in favour of residential development overlooking Little Wormwood Scrubs (which is within Hammersmith but managed by Kensington).
Old Oak International Station is planned on three levels: HS2/HS1 below ground, GWML and Crossrail at ground level, and the Overground extension on the viaduct.
The campaign met at the Pavilion pub.
Reports from Stewart, Ian (and David J) Tony, Nina, Jon, David L and Miriam on campaign activities to date.
- that the next meeting would be Sunday Nov 3rd at 5pm at the Pavilion pub
- that the FOWWS would do an online whip-around to cover campaign expenses
- that printing and copying expenses to date (just over £100) would be reimbursed to those who incurred them
- that David Lindo, Lester Holloway, Stewart Dalby and Stephanie Gray would lead on developing a media strategy to be presented to the next campaign meeting
- that David Lindo would take the lead on contacting environmental groups
- that Steph would circulate agreed action items
Susie, Nina, Sara & others have produced a leaflet that sets out the case. If you want to download, print and distribute, here is a link to the word file:
The text of the leaflet is as follows. (The word document pointed to above has all the formatting that this post has lost)
Calling all local residents - and all who know and love it —
Say NO! to ruining Wormwood Scrubs
The Scrubs is in danger of being destroyed forever by development. What with all the other nearby developments (by Imperial College, in the Westway area, and to the north and northwest of Old Oak Common) WE NEED TO RETAIN AS MUCH OPEN GREEN SPACE AS POSSIBLE! NOW READ ON:
You may have recently received a leaflet from the Mayor, ”Old oak - A Vision for the Future” — which explained how ”Your area is changing”.
BUT THIS LEAFLET DIDN’T PROVIDE THE FULL STORY of how the proposed developments for the area on the north side of the Scrubs could affect residents in Hammersmith and North Kensington
FOR THE FULL STORY, look at the “Mayor’s Vision” on the websites:
In particular, look at graphics in Part 1 – Figure 2.1 (the real overview showing the new Overground), and in Part 2 – Figure 5.4.
A sensitive development is needed. Developing some land north of the Scrubs is a good idea — but NOT in the way that the Council and the Mayor want to do it. It doesn’t show clearly on the leaflet graphic that THEY WANT TO PUT A MASSIVE VIADUCT, CARRYING A NEW OVERGROUND RAILWAY, CUTTING RIGHT ACROSS THE ACTUAL COMMON, AND BUILD A STATION WITH VISUALLY DOMINANT HIGH-RISE BUILDINGS RIGHT ON THE NORTHERN EDGE OF THE COMMON!
So how would this ”Vision” really affect you?
—The Scrubs, our wonderful, unique urban green space,used by walkers, sports people,
runners, birders, picnickers, model airplane flyers, etc. - would be destroyed forever.
—The Scrubs’ precious local nature reserves, with all their rich wildlife, would be ruined.
—The environmental noise levels in nearby neighbourhoods would rise considerably,
affecting their tranquillity.
MAKE SURE YOU HAVE YOUR SAY IN THE CONSULTATION:-
• Respond to the Mayor
Old Oak - A Vision for the Future Consultation, June 2013
by Friday 20 September 2013, at 5p.m
WRITE TO: Mayor of London and SIGN THE PETITION on our website:
Old Oak Vision consultation www. saveourscrubs.org.uk
Greater London Authority or: TEXT email@example.com + your name to:
City Hall 07766414243
The Queens Walk
London SE1 2A
If you have any questions, ring Susie Gretz (Friends of the Scrubs) 0208 749 1969.
Save Our Scrubs is not anti-development.
But our common land should not be sacrificed to the developers. Look at the chunk taken out of the North West corner by the rail line. Why not use some of the space occupied by those park-side high rises? Oh … might it be because of the luxury flats they’ve got planned?
Here, for comparison, is what the North West corner looks like right now.
The computer generated aspirational images are taken from Boris’ consultation document:
Register your dismay at the online consultation: