Published: 17 August, 2012
• YOUR article (Building on car parks: the case for, August 10) is wrong in the case of one development.
The new building that has replaced the doctor’s surgery is not “next to”, but “in” Andover estate.
Your photograph does not include the part built up against an existing block of flats, which has now lost its access steps.
Also, a mature tree that formerly grew on the site has been felled.
Planning permission for this development was granted on condition that the steps would be replaced and the tree retained.
The ward councillors have been made aware of the situation, and executive member for housing Councillor James Murray can hardly plead ignorance.
Officers of Ilex House Tenants’ and Residents’ Association in their letter (February17) warned residents of other council estates about the harm that could be caused to their amenities by insensitive council development.
The example of this new building on the Andover estate provides an additional but different warning to residents – that the council is ready to ruthlessly contravene the conditions of its own planning decisions to achieve its ends.
Even if nobody else does, Mr Panayi will have a good laugh at this one.
Andover Estate, N7