Decision Maker Response
Boris Johnson MP’s response
Sep 19, 2013 — Dear Petitioner,
Thank you for your email about the proposed redevelopment of Transport for London’s (TfL’s) land and buildings close to Northwood Tube station.
TfL regularly reviews its property portfolio to ensure its land is used efficiently for its operational activities. Given the Mayor’s statutory duty regarding the consideration of planning applications, he is unable to provide an opinion on the proposals that are being developed for TfL’s land at Northwood.
By way of background, TfL has recently completed a deal with developer Bride Hall alongside Sainsbury’s to pursue development on the site in Northwood. This followed an open tender process which resulted in six bids, all of which included a retail store in addition to homes and other amenities.
As part of the planning process, any development proposal by Bride Hall will need to take into account London Plan and local planning policies on highways, transport, design, affordable housing and local economy. Once the scheme has been developed, it will be presented to the community through a public consultation process. Through this process local residents and businesses will be given an opportunity to provide their views on the proposals.
Plans remain on track to present the proposals to the local community later this year through the pre-application consultation process. This will allow local residents and businesses to provide their views on the proposals before they are submitted to the borough as local planning authority.
The planning process is likely to take up to 18 months and TfL will use this time to negotiate with tenants and help them with any relocation as appropriate. However, any relocation is unlikely to occur before 2015 if the scheme is approved by the London Borough of Hillingdon.
Public Liaison Unit
Greater London Authority