Decision Maker Response
Sadiq Khan’s response
Nov 27, 2019 — Dear Petitioner,
Thank you for the petition submitted on the Change.org website about Transport for London’s (TfL) plans to develop the car park at Arnos Grove station.
In response to the capital’s housing crisis, and as one of London’s largest landowners, TfL is striving to build homes that Londoners desperately need. It is bringing forward thousands of homes on dozens of sites across London at locations in close proximity to the transport network, which is where people want to live and are the most sustainable sites to develop.
This proposal at Arnos Grove is a fantastic opportunity to deliver around 150 rental homes, 40 per cent of which will be affordable, while generating significant ongoing revenue to reinvest into the transport network. TfL and its partner Grainger plc are also seeking to deliver a new public square, cycle parking and other local improvements through the redevelopment.
The exact tenure mix of the affordable housing provision is decided in collaboration with Enfield Council, but it will include a mixture of affordable housing products including Discount Market Rent and rent at London Living Rent levels. It is Mayoral policy that both of these rented products should be affordable to households on incomes of up to £60,000. Priority will be given to those who live or work in the borough, and TfL and Grainger are discussing with the Council how nominations could potentially be prioritised to particular groups in housing need including those on the Council’s waiting list or key workers. The homes that are not designated affordable will be leased at appropriate-market rent levels, which is based on the average rent of the area. These homes will be accessible to a wide range of local people, providing the choice of a quality, well managed ‘mid-market’ rental product that will assist in meeting the housing need in the local area.
TfL has carried out surveys and research into how the car park at Arnos Grove is currently used. This survey data shows that 54 per cent of people using the station are driving from outside of Enfield. It also shows that the vast majority have alternative forms of public transport available to them and many live within walking distance of another London underground or national rail station. There is currently a Controlled Parking Zone in effect around Arnos Grove station, which operates between 11am and midday, preventing commuter parking in neighbouring streets.
From data modelling and comparing this to similar developments, TfL and Grainger believe that the development could reduce the number of car journeys in the area by up to 850 trips each day, thereby reducing congestion and improving air quality in the local area.
Respecting the character and appearance of the local area and the Grade II* listed station building is hugely important to TfL and it has driven the architectural response to the site. TfL will continue to consult with Enfield Council’s heritage team, Historic England, the 20th Century Society and local interest groups to ensure the development complements the heritage of the area.
TfL recently held a second round of engagement with the local community to hear and understand local people’s priorities and aspirations for their area. TfL is currently analysing the feedback and will update local people and elected representatives of its proposals in the New Year. For further information, or to provide feedback please visit: https://www.givemyview.com/arnosgrove.
Public Liaison Unit
Greater London Authority