For the press
Hundreds of people demonstrated outside the Civic Centre, demanding
Councillors reject plans for a concrete factory by the Hornsey rail line.
There were banners (including the HFRA one) and placards, leaflets, chants
(especially from the young people present) and speeches. Inside the Council
chamber the gallery was packed. A petition of over 2000 people, and
hundreds of letters of objection were referred to (including from residents
associations, local schools and a traders organisation). The planning
officers [who, up till they realised the growing strength and anger of the
campaign, seemed enthusiastic about the proposal] called on the application
to be rejected on various grounds. To great cheers and prolonged applause,
the Councillors voted unanimously to do that.
This was a magnificent victory for grass roots people power, in particular
the determined efforts throughout the last year of the residents of GreenN8
(now joined by a new GreenN4&N15).
However, the developer has lodged an appeal and the planning process will
grind on and on - especially as the conditions for refusal of the
application didn't really address the main issues properly. The residents
campaign is determined to continue until the idea of a concrete factory in
a residential area is totally rejected. For more details contact:
I spoke with many of the people present, and many new people are
considering setting up local residents groups and associations. It seems
that the residents' movement is really spreading now, and beginning to make
a real difference in Haringey!
Haringey federation of residents associations
6.10.06 | Not in our back yard or anyone else's!
Residents in North London will be objecting in force, this Monday
evening, to plans by London Concrete to build a batching plant
heart of a densely populated residential area. The controversial
planning application has already seen Haringey Council Planning
officers recommending rejection. Residents will be underlining
and making their presence felt when it goes before the planning
committee for a decision on 10 October at 6.15 p.m. at the Civic
Centre (High Road, Wood Green).
Who would actually want a concrete factory in their back yard?
Probably not MD of London Concrete who has claimed provocatively
the 200 metre long plant with hoppers, conveyor belts, dust
would be a local amenity! The aggregate material would arrive
wagons at railway sidings before processing. Later, giant trucks
debouch into a narrow one-way system near schools and move
ready-mix through crowded suburban streets - 56 movements per
to begin with.
This local story is likely to have wider resonance and repercussions
because it will be a high-profile test of a strategic goal
Government of shifting road transport to rail - regardless
considerations. In the last 12 months hundreds of concerned
have attended public meetings and their opposition has been
around a virtual information centre and local notice-board:
Former local MP and Government Ministers Barbara Roche has
plant. Haringey Council, mindful of a possible collapse in
support, has recently indicated in a public meeting that they
also oppose the plant. That meeting was called by Haringey
Charles Adje and was attended by four councillors and two MPs
pledged cross-party opposition to the project. MP for Tottenham
Lamy asserted that the plant would not go ahead "on my
Residents are not so confident and expect a long tough fight.
application is turned down on Monday night, London Concrete
already promised to take it to appeal
"I'm amazed that this scheme is being
pushed forward by the London
Concrete against such widespread and consistent local opposition.
expect this to go all the way to the office of the Deputy Prime
Minister" - C.D. Carter, Stroud Green Residents' Association.
New Public Meeting
Wednesday 14th of September 7:30 pmHornsey
School for Girls, Inderwick Road, N8
Haringey invitation letter click here
Haringey Council is rushing to organise
Meeting’ in a desperate attempt to correct a very poor
and faulty consultation process.
Charles Adje, executive leader of Haringey
Council instructed Neighbourhood Assembly officers (on 5.9.05)
to organise another public meeting ASAP, as pressure from
residents groups and local councillors is reaching an all
time high. Stepping up campaigns, local residents from Harringay
and St Ann’s
wards are now following the footsteps of residents from the
Hornsey Church Lane and Tottenham Lane area demanding full
and meaningful consultation to take place! Over 25 signatures
- needed to trigger a Development Control Forum (DCF) - were
collected in a well attended public meeting in Green Lanes,
requesting that both Harringay and St Ann’s wards will
be properly consulted including at least one DCF to take place
in their area. However, as you will see below it appears to
be one step forward and many steps back.
The public meeting Haringey is organising will not be a proper
Development Control Forum.
A DCF will have to include the developer - in this case London
The meeting is set to take place NEXT WEDNESDAY
14th of September 7:30
pm at Hornsey School for Girls. Yes you have heard it right!
- Letters announcing this meeting will
go out ‘first class’ on
Fri > hitting residents’ post boxes next Monday
giving them 2, 3 days notice!
- Letters were originally to
be sent ONLY to the ‘Area
Assembly’ database of: Hornsey, Stroud green, Harringay.
If you have never attended an Area Assembly meeting
(or having attended a meeting not given your details) then
you are not on that database! And therefore by inference, not
worthy of their attention!!!!!!
GreenN8 member who called to inquire about this
rumoured meeting said:
"I tried to reflect the general mood
of the Green Lanes meeting which was very clearly expressed:
- People in St Ann's and Crouch End must also be
- This yet again is very discriminatory consultation!
the meeting in Hornsey School for Girls is unacceptable
in view of the fact that this area has had 2 DCF’s
already! and NONE took place in Harringay or St Ann’s
- Time line is far too short notice!
I have suggested that if Haringey intention
is to ‘consult
properly’ - It should address all of the above!"
agreed to include St
in this consultation, however the location of the
meeting is not up for negotiations. A curious thing, given
that this public meeting is said to be instigated by Charles
Adje who apparently lives on the Gardens off Green lanes
and is to chair this meeting himself, and given that he represent
the East, why direct to have the meeting in the West in the
"Not showing any flexibility on this matter
is indeed a mystery beyond my comprehension... " said GreenN8
Despite assurances given to Laura Edge Councillor
of Stroud Green that letters will be sent to all the people
who have made a comment on this application. Haringey have
now decided not to honour this promise!
Cllr Edge said : "The Council's handling
of this consultation process has been nothing short of disgraceful.
I am concerned that the Council is spending its 'limited
resources' on another public meeting rather than the independent
reports and investigations into the environmental impact
of this application as requested by residents, local pressure
group GreenN8 and myself."
Are they trying to inform more people about this
application - or hide this meeting?
They could have fooled
For Haringey invitation letter click here
07.07.05 | Residents
reject revised London Concrete application for controversial
July 6, 2005 – Local residents have dismissed
as “inadequate” and “cosmetic” an amended
application submitted to Haringey planners by London Concrete,
which is looking to build a concrete batching plant at the Ferme
The original application, submitted in June 2004, sparked fury
within the local community, which remains united in its concerns
over the traffic, noise and pollution implications of locating
the 45+ ft high batching plant and “associated
hoppers, conveyors and ancillary facilities” in the residential heart of
The application had been due to be considered at a Public Enquiry in December.
However, Haringey Planning Sub Committee (PSC) will now meet and make a formal
determination of the amended application on September 12, 2005 .
Only if that revised application is refused will the Public Enquiry go ahead
Located on the southerly boundary of Ferme Park Depot, the site for the proposed
plant lies in close proximity to residential properties in Uplands Road to the
west, Wightman Road to the east and the Chettle Court estate, whose play area
and basketball court would be within metres of the batching plant should the
application be approved.
The site is located in a wooded area that falls within the Stroud Green Railway
Bank – designated by the Greater London Authority as an area of importance
for nature conservation, and as a ‘site of borough importance G’ is
home to many wildlife species.
If the application is approved, London Concrete has said there would be 56 vehicle
movements in and out of the site each day – or one of its 30-tonne mixer
lorries entering or leaving the site every 12 minutes. These lorries will be
entering Crouch End’s already congested streets in close proximity to few
Six amendments have now been made to the original application. These see the
plant being ‘reoriented’ to face away from Chettle Court and a number
of measures intended to address concerns about particulate and noise pollution
and the visual impact of the proposed plant (see notes for editors for full details).
While the amendments do make minor improvements to the original application,
GreenN8 believes they are inadequate. “Having promised to drive a stake
through the heart of the local community, London Concrete is now offering us
a sticking plaster,” said a spokesman. “Despite these amendments,
this plant, if approved, will severely damage our quality of life – and
potentially our health – through dust pollution, both from the plant itself
and the lorries entering and leaving the site, as well as noise pollution from
lorries being loaded and the 170% increase in traffic levels within the Ferme
Park Depot site that the plant will initially generate.”
“The good news is that, as agreed at a meeting some months ago between
GreenN8 and Haringey’s head of planning, Shifa Mustafa, three independent
reports on the traffic, noise and dust implications of the application can now
go ahead. Haringey had been waiting for London Concrete to submit their amendments
so that they could be taken into consideration by the authors of those reports.”
The spokesman also criticised the timing of the amended application: “As
was the case last year with the original application , London Concrete has waited
until members of the local community – many of whom have children – are
going away on their summer holidays before lodging their application. Once again,
they seem to be trying to sneak something past the local community in the hope
that residents will be too busy, or simply not around, to find out about it.
Unfortunately for them, that is not going to happen”
New Consultation letter
Notes to editors
Submitted in June 2004, London Concrete’s original application calls for
the erection of a 14 metre (40+ feet) high batching plant and “associated
hoppers, conveyors and ancillary facilities”.
Following an appeal by London Concrete to the Secretary of State on grounds of
non-determination by Haringey Council of this first planning application, a Public
Enquiry was scheduled for December 2005 at Wood Green Civic Centre.
In June 2005, London Concrete submitted a revised application, making six amendments
to the original proposal.
- The batching plant has been reoriented away from Chettle Court so that
the loading bay now faces towards the Wightman Road.
- Two short lengths of rail siding to be removed to allow lorries to drive
round to the railway side of the plantto load up
- An acoustic screen 8.5m long x 5m.high with a cantilevered top provided
alongside the loading bay (between the bay and Chettle Court)
- Tops of conveyors where they discharge into the storage bins and into
the batching plant hoppers [to be] enclosed
- Storage bins and batching plant [tobe] enclosed in feature cladding with
Height of the buildings now 15.5m to highest point of roofs.
Haringey Planning Sub Committee (PSC) is set to meet and make a formal determination
of the revised application on September 12, 2005 . Only if that
revised application is refused will the Public Enquiry go ahead.
London Concrete is proposing to operate its business on the site between 7am
and 7pm, Monday to Friday, and 7am to 1pm on Saturdays. GreenN8 believes that
either of these applications, if approved, would generate significant levels
of noise and dust/particulate pollution and will consequently seriously damage
the quality of life enjoyed by N8 residents, if not their health.
The aggregate used by the proposed plant would be delivered by rail once or twice
a week, London Concrete has indicated, although initially the aggregate will
be brought in by road while the rail access is made ready.
The Cranford Way/Ferme Park Depot site has been selected due to its proximity
to a railway line: the firm maintains that, by using trains rather than trucks
to deliver the aggregate (sand and coarse stone) required to produce its concrete,
it is removing traffic from the roads. However, this will entail a projected
56 vehicle movements a day in and out of the site and the surrounding area. In
the context of existing traffic movements in and out of the Depot itself, London
Concrete’s proposal would result in a 170% increase in such movements.
These 30-tonne trucks will be entering Crouch End’s already congested streets
in close proximity to two local schools. Nor do those 56 vehicle movements take
into account vehicles accessing the plant on behalf of London Concrete’s
clients, a practice the firm actively encourages. As the firm states on its own
website: “London Concrete is delivering with its own fleet of ready
mix trucks, but also provides a collect service for a proportion of its business...
Customers in urban areas want a quick and reliable pick up service for relatively
small quantities of material We also deliver from Wembley, although our collect
customers get priority because the site is geared towards this end of the market.” http://www.aggregate-uk.com/index.html?press23.html&2 < http://www.aggregate-uk.com/index.html?press23.html&2 >
London Concrete’s managing director Derek Casey has publicly confirmed
that the figure of 56 vehicle movements a day is based on the plant operating
at 50% capacity. Citing the example of London Concrete’s existing Battersea
plant – where the firm quickly moved to overturn the original limit imposed
on vehicle movements – GreenN8 believes that sooner rather than later the
site will be generating well over 100 vehicle movements a day. That is an average
of nine per hour, or one every six and half minutes.
8.2.05 | Barbara Roche Local
MP joins local residents in protest against London Concrete
planning application to build a concrete plant in the HEART
of GREEN N8
1.11.04 | A site visit
to London Concrete's Wembley concrete batching plant has
confirmed Crouch End residents'
A site visit to London Concrete's Wembley concrete
batching plant has confirmed Crouch End residents' worst fears
about the environmental impact of the company's plans to build
a similar plant at Cranford Way in the heart of residential
The visit - on October 30 - has done nothing to
allay huge concerns within the local community over the levels
of noise, dust and traffic that would be generated should the
London Concrete application be approved. Furthermore, a subsequent
visit to the Cranford Way site later the same morning made
it clear that the visual impact of facility would be significantly
greater than originally envisaged.
GreenN8 representative Charles Bezzant took up
London Concrete's invitation to visit the Wembley facility
and a subsequent visit to the proposed Cranford Way site itself
alongside members of Haringey Council's planning sub-committee
(including chairman Tom Davidson), borough planning officers
Paul Tomkins and David Paton, local Liberal Democrat councillor
Laura Edge and Derek Casey, managing director of London Concrete.
The visit shed light on the day-to-day operations
of London Concrete's batching plants. London Concrete sells
concrete by the cubic metre, and each metre of concrete contains
a tonne of sand, a tonne of stone and a quarter of a tonne
of cement. All of this is mixed inside their plants,
above the lorries used to distribute the mix to customers,
before being delivered down chutes into those lorries.
The aggregate used by the proposed plant would
be delivered once or twice a week. The trains would typically
arrive at Cranford Way between 11am and 2pm, London Concrete
has suggested. The aggregate would be unloaded from bottom-delivering
train carriages, which would open after the train is inside
a special housing. At Wembley this housing was a good deal
wider than a train, in our view leaving scope for dust/particulates
to drift out.
The aggregate would be unloaded through a grill
system under the rails. It would then be taken by a conveyor
belt to a 15.5 metre (approx 45 ft) high aggregate storage
silo. This conveyor belt would be an estimated 17.5 metres
(approx 52 ft) high, as it would have to take the aggregate
up above the top of the storage silo to allow it to drop from
the end of the conveyor belt and fall into the silo.
The aggregate would be stored in this silo until
required by the concrete batching plant. At this point it would
be dropped down from the storage silo onto a second conveyor
belt and taken along and up into the top of the concrete batching
"The conveyor belts obviously leak fine aggregate
particles into the atmosphere," said Bezzant. "They
are currently covered on the top only to protect them from
rain, hence they are affected by wind. I was told that
they were not totally enclosed so that the workers could see
what is on them and so that they were easy to clean. It
seems entirely feasible, however, to use plastic or Perspex
sides and to completely enclose the conveyor belts."
The top area on the Wembley plant, where the conveyor belt drops its
load into the plant, generated significant noise both from the machinery
and the rattling of loose metal housing, he added. "London
Concrete said that the area was cleaned approximately once a week and
that at least three wheelbarrow loads full of aggregate dust and debris
would typically fall out of this section of the system. I would suggest
this is a conservative estimate," Bezzant said.
"Clearly this is one part of the operation
where fine particulates are lost into the atmosphere and, by
extension, distributed across surrounding areas. At London
Concrete's plant at Heathrow this area is enclosed, but the
firm does not consider that would be necessary at Cranford
Way. I disagree: given the location of the proposed Cranford
Way plant in relation to neighbouring properties, the noise
generated would travel a considerable distance if those areas
were not enclosed."
The proposed site for the new plant lies behind
the existing warehousing at Cranford Way on land owned by Network
Rail. This piece of land is some four meters (approx
12 ft) higher than the rest of the Cranford Way site. "As
we were walking on it our eye line was almost level with the
bottom of the rooftops of the warehouses," said Bezzant. "An
18 metre high structure in this spot would therefore actually
be 22 metres (approx 66 ft) high compared to ground level in
He continued: "Part of London Concrete's
planning application relies on there being two rows of warehousing
between the plant and properties on Uplands Road [which lies
to the west of the site] to screen noise in that direction.
However, due to the height differential, the existing warehouses
would not effectively screen the higher parts of the conveyor
belt to the silo, the silo itself or the higher sections of
the conveyor belt that runs to the main plant. The main
plant won't be screened at all by the warehouses as it would
be built to the south of them and there is no screening at
all between it and the houses on Uplands Road."
London Concrete has dismissed the possibility
of sinking the buildings into the ground saying that the lower
conveyor belts - which would then be 'underground' - would
be prone to flooding, he added.
The area where London Concrete's lorries would be arriving and departing
- which would face onto the Uplands Road properties - would not be
screened by warehousing. Nor is there any screening of the plant in
the direction of the neighbouring Chettle Court estate (which lies
to the south of the site) other than the trees and scrub on the environmentally-listed
London Concrete has itself suggested that the
process of loading the lorries with concrete mix is the noisiest
aspect of a concrete batching plant's work. It should be noted
that the loading of lorries at the Cranford Way site would
occur 25 times a day on London Concrete's current usage estimations
- approximately every half-an-hour during the plant's proposed
hours of operation.
"While we were outside the Wembley plant
a concrete lorry was loaded and this was indeed extremely noisy," said
Bezzant. "I walked as far as I could on site from the
plant so I could hear the noise impact from a distance. A member
of the planning sub-committee came with me. The noise was inescapable
and it would not be pleasant to sit in a garden nearby. I estimated
that we were approximately 50 metres from the plant, but the
councillor with me thought it may have been nearly 100. Closer
to the plant we had to shout to make ourselves heard."
London Concrete's application already proposes
56 vehicle movements a day into and out of the Cranford Way
site. However, during the site visit, the firm confirmed that
road tankers would be used to bring in cement to the plant
three times a week, so adding to the volume of traffic entering
and leaving the site. In addition, the concrete lorries themselves
would be rinsed out every night into a slurry pit. Water from
this would be recycled to a certain degree and concrete remnants
would be taken to a refuse tip four or five times a month.
Again, this will add to the projected levels of vehicle movements
- and associated noise - at the site.
GreenN8 remains concerned that London Concrete
may at a later date attempt to widen the scope of the Cranford
Way operation to include sale and/or distribution by road of
aggregate coming into the site by rail. "Derek Casey said
that London Concrete has no intention of doing this," said
Bezzant. "However, when I suggested that he shouldn't
have a problem with signing a clause explicitly prohibiting
aggregate sales from Cranford Way, he became upset and said
that he would not want to sign up to such a condition."
29.10.04 | GreenN8 targets
Haringey UDP as local residents open new front in campaign
to block London Concrete planning application
GreenN8 targets Haringey UDP as local residents
open new front in campaign to block London Concrete planning
October 28, 2004 - As part of its ongoing campaign
to block plans to erect a concrete batching plant in the heart
of residential Crouch End, comminty group GreenN8 is urging
local residents to add their voices to Haringey Council’s
public consultation process on revisions to the borough’s
Unitary Development Plan (UDP) & Supplementary Planning
Residents and other concerned parties are being
asked to download and circulate copies of the Replacement UDP
- Revised Deposit Draft September 2004 & SPG’s -
Form from GreenN8’s website.
GreenN8’s pre-prepared version of the Form
contains a detailed request to amend the terms of the Defined
Employment Area No.5 (or DEA 5) designation being applied to
Cranford Way/Ferme Park Depot, the proposed site for London
Concrete’s proposed batching plant.
Although this campaign was only instigated a matter
of days before the consultation process officially ended on
October 27, the objections of some 180 signatories were lodged
with Haringey Council before that deadline expired.
However, GreenN8 believes objections should continue
to be lodged with Helen Fadipe of Haringey’s Policy & Projects
department in order to make clear once again to the Council
the scale of local opposition to the London Concrete application
and, by extension, the site’s use for B2 purposes.
GreenN8 argues that the current DEA 5 designation
fails to protect a densely populated family oriented neighbourhood
from heavy general industrial activities - so-called B2 uses
- which are wholly unsuited to the location.
The DEA 5 designation fails to take into account
the site’s close proximity to houses, schools, children’s’ play-areas
and a ‘designated area of importance to nature conservation’.
Consequently it fails to safeguard the quality of life of its
neighbours, both human and animal.
GreenN8 is calling for Cranford Way to be allocated
a wholly new designation called RL-DEA - Residential Location
Defined Employment Area. This would allow the uses B1(a) (offices/business),
B8 (warehousing/distribution) and B1(c) (light industry) so
long as those uses will have no adverse impact on the site’s
B2 uses (heavy /general industry) will be unacceptable
under the new RL-DEA designation. It should be noted that the
site has in any case never been used for B2 activities, and
therefore the new RL-DEA designation would pose no threat to
established businesses operating out of the Cranford way/Ferme
Park Depot site.
The RL-DEA designation was the idea of local councillor
Quincy Prescott. "Since 1998 Cranford Way has been listed
as 5.11 in the Haringey Unitary Development Plan as an Industrial
Location," said Prescott. "While it is mostly used
as warehouses (B8 designation), someone - namely London Concrete
- has now for the first time sought to make use of its B2 (heavy
industrial) designation. Unfortunately B2 uses could be allowed
subject to review of the individual application."
Quincy added: "There is pressure to protect
the site against housing as industrial uses are minimal in
the borough and housing development is looking for sites. My
aim therefore is to find a designation that allows some employment
uses to protect against housing but at the same time not allow
industrial uses to protect against B2 uses."
While the RL-DEA designation does not exist at
this time, Quincy called on Barbara Roche, MP for Hornsey and
Wood Green, to lobby her colleagues in the House of Commons
on the matter. "Until a change in the law comes about,
the best course of action in my view is to exert public pressure
both at local and government level to prompt a rethink of the
fundamental policy that we have to work with," he said.
A GreenN8 spokesman said: "We understand
the importance of striking the right balance between employment
and housing needs in the borough, but at the same time we must
ensure that those businesses which would generate valuable
employment opportunities for local people will not damage the
quality of life enjoyed by those very same local people, their
children, their friends and their neighbours."
London Concrete has made its own representations
to the new UDP, suggesting that the site be safeguarded for
rail-related uses. They have also asked that the Council resists
planning applications which do not utilise the sidings for
transport of freight by rail.
The GreenN8 UDP objection form can be downloaded
19.9.04 | Development
Control Forum | Take II
A second, highly charged Development Control Forum
(DCF) meeting drew over 250 local residents to Hornsey School
for Girls on September 16 as Haringey Council continued its
consultation on London Concrete's controversial application
to erect a concrete batching plant at the Ferme Park Depot
site in the residential heart of N8.
London Concrete's application calls for the erection
of not only the 14 metre (40+ feet) high batching plant itself,
but also "associated hoppers, conveyors and ancillary facilities".
London Concrete has said the plant would "serve the Haringey
market", providing concrete in a "four to five mile radius",
as well as providing for 12 jobs. As a result, residents can
expect a minimum of 56 vehicle movements - involving 30-tonne
concrete mixer lorries - through Crouch End's busy streets
six days a week, passing close to at least two local schools.
There are also significant fears about the release
of dust and particulates, some potentially carcinogenic, in
such close proximity to hundreds of homes - notably the Chettle
Court estate (whose play area and basketball court would be
within metres of the plant) and properties in Uplands Road
and Wightman Road - as well as schools and businesses. In addition,
the proposed site for the plant is actually located just beyond
the southerly boundary of Ferme Park Depot, in a wooded area
that falls within the Stroud Green Railway Bank. This area
has been designated by the Greater London Authority as an area
of importance for nature conservation, and as a 'site of borough
importance G II' is home to many wildlife species, including
Despite sending along a lone representative to
the first DCF on July 15, London Concrete were well represented
this time around, with managing director Derek Casey joined
by a raft of paid consultants specialising on noise, traffic,
air quality and nature consultation. Residents, however, were
clearly left unconvinced by the arguments put forward by these
consultants. The noise 'expert' based his findings on readings
taken on the opposite side of Chettle Court from the proposed
development - he maintained he was refused entry to the estate
proper by security - while the air quality specialist dismissed
residents' concerns about the plant's impact on local asthma
levels by describing it as a "lifestyle illness" caused by "psychological
Under questioning from local MP Barbara Roche,
Mr Casey himself said the plant would have an "insignificant
impact" on traffic levels and went on to describe the proposed
development as "an amenity for the area". He also maintained
he would be happy for his children to play in such close proximity
to the site. Finally, in response to a question posed by Lib
Dem Counsillors laura Edge and Dave Winskill, Casey admitted
that the quoted figure of 56 vehicle movements a day is based
on the plant operating at 50% capacity. Residents could therefore
one day be looking at over 100 vehicle movements a day - a
very real possibility in light of London Concrete's success
in overturning the original limit imposed on vehicle movements
at its Battersea plant.
9.9.04 | GreenN8 Residents Group submit yesterday
2 reports along with 1535 petition signatures, as their
objection to plans for concrete batching plant in cranford
Green N8 Residents Group have submitted
2 reports and 1535 petition signatures to Haringey Council
detailing their objections to proposals to build a concrete
factory in the residential heart of the area.
The 50 page report, co-ordinated by Green N8 residents
group, highlights the inadequacies of the research into the
potential impacts of the factory commissioned by the applicant,
London Concrete Ltd. It also challenges a number of the assertions
made in the proposal. The Green N8 report:
- provides evidence that large and heavy vehicle
movements along Tottenham Lane will increase by 17% if the
proposal goes through. The applicant has claimed that the
figure will be under 6%.
- analyses the applicant’s own noise report
to uncover evidence that perceived noise levels in the surrounding
area of Chettle Court, Uplands Road and Wightman Road could
- underlines how the proposal contravenes existing
council policy aims, including that expressed in Haringey’s
Unitary Development Plan, which states that Crouch End is: "a
predominantly residential area with the borough’s heaviest
concentration of conservation areas. The priorities in this
area are ones of environmental management, improving the
quality of life and its environmental assets such as its
attractive open spaces."
A spokesperson for the residents said: "If
it were to go ahead, the plant would have a serious impact
on the area we all call our home. Our report explains why and
how in comprehensive detail. We are confident that the evidence
we have provided will be considered objectively and we are
hopeful that Haringey Council will arrive at the right decision."
A meeting to discuss the proposals will take place
on 16 September 2004 at Hornsey School for Girls in Inderwick
Road, N8, from 7pm onwards. Green N8, which successfully mobilized
over 120 residents to attend an initial meeting in July, is
calling on residents to turn out again in force.
of Objection (PDF 156 kb)
Statement of Objection (PDF 264 kb)
19.8.04 | Re-consultation and new date
Development Control Forum is set up for Thursday 16th of September
Haringey planning office
have sent new consultation letters to local residents.
The letters invite residents to send
in their views and comments within 21 days, the last date to
submit any comments is 8th of September. Another
development control forum has also been set up for Thursday
16th of September, 7:00pm At Hornsey Scholl for Girls, Inderwick
Rd, London N8.
To read the letter
17.7.04 | Over 100 people turned up to here one representative of FIrstplan
on behalf on London Concrete Ltd at the Development Control
By Tim Steele
Report on the Haringey Development Control
Forum meeting held on July 15, 2004 in connection with the
planning application by London Concrete Ltd.
It will come as no great surprise to anyone that
a planning application by London Concrete Ltd to build a concrete
batching plant at Ferme Park Depot in the heart of Crouch End,
N8 has enraged local residents aghast at the noise, traffic
and health implications of such a development. What did shock
many of those residents, however, was the appalling mess Haringey
Council's Environmental Services Protectorate made of the statutory
Residents in just the two streets immediately
adjacent to the proposed site received official notification
of the application - even though, if built, the operation of
the plant would not only see 33-tonne mixer lorries traveling
through Crouch End throughout the day, but also the release
of dust and particulates, some potentially carcinogenic, in
close proximity to hundreds of houses and a number of local
To make matters worse, many of the letters that
were sent out were never received, leaving residents to learn
of the application from their neighbours; moreover, the Council
only notified residents living on one side of each of the selected
streets, Uplands Road and Wightman Road. Meanwhile, the tenants
of Chettle Court, the council-owned block of flats whose children's
recreation area and basketball court both back onto the site,
were never sent letters in the first place.
A meeting of the Development Control Forum convened
to discuss the application on July 15 nonetheless drew over
100 local residents as well as local councillors, local MP
Barbara Roche and a representative from Firstplan Ltd, the
planning consultants representing London Concrete in this matter.
However, no representatives from London Concrete were in attendance
- a letter sent out by Firstplan in early July claimed that
none of applicant's key personnel were able to attend the meeting
due to "holiday and other commitments". This excuse was reiterated
by Firstplan's representative at the meeting, who had already
done his credibility no favours by repeatedly stressing the "independence" of
London Concrete's application calls for the erection
of not only the 14 metre (40+ feet) high batching plant itself,
but also "associated hoppers, conveyors and ancillary facilities".
The proposed site itself is actually located just beyond the
southerly boundary of Ferme Park Depot, in a wooded area that
falls within the Stroud Green Railway Bank - designated by
the Greater London Authority as an area of importance for nature
conservation, and as a 'site of borough importance G' is home
to many wildlife species.
It is worth noting that, while the Depot itself
is home to a number of commercial enterprises, those businesses
are solely engaged in activities of a very light industrial
nature, such as distribution and storage (it transpires that
the Council also failed to notify some of those businesses
of the application, even though the main thoroughfare through
the site, Cranford Way, would be the access route used by London
Concrete's trucks). Accordingly, the application by London
Concrete would seem to constitute a significant change
of use on two fronts.
London Concrete says the plant would "serve the
Haringey market", providing concrete in a "four to five mile
radius", as well as providing for 12 jobs. However, there was
much confusion among the audience as where the demand for the
significant amounts of concrete the plant would produce each
week would originate. It should also be noted that the firm
already has seven plants in the London area, including one
Its rationale for selecting Ferme Park Depot is
the site's proximity to the railway line: the firm argues that,
by using trains rather than trucks to deliver the aggregate
(sand and coarse stone) required to produce its concrete, it
is removing traffic from the roads. Very laudable in theory
- however, it is proposing no less than 56 vehicle
movements a day through the site and, of course,
the surrounding areas. The Firstplan representative produced
a number of statistics, based on traffic movements on nearby
main thoroughfares, to suggest that the impact on the local
environment would be negligible. However, as one Uplands Road
resident pointed out, in the context of traffic movements in
and out of the Depot, London Concrete's proposal would result
in a 170% increase in traffic movements.
London Concrete is proposing to operate its business
on the site between 7am and 7pm, Monday to Friday (and
7am to 1pm on Saturdays) . As Firstplan's representative
conceded, the demand among building sites for concrete peaks
first thing in the morning: this means that the firm's trucks,
which will be under the pressure of stringent turnaround deadlines,
will be on the surrounding streets at the same time as many
children are making their way to school (no nearby schools,
needless to say, have been made aware of the plan by the Council).
Not that traffic entering and leaving the batching plant will
be restricted to London Concrete's five trucks, as the firm
allows its customers, also working to tight timetables, to
pick up concrete using their own vehicles.
As the firm states on its own website: "London
Concrete is delivering with its own fleet of ready mix trucks,
but also provides a collect service for a proportion of its
business.. Customers in urban areas want a quick and reliable
pick up service for relatively small quantities of material...We
also deliver from Wembley, although our collect customers
get priority because the site is geared towards this end
of the market." http://www.aggregate-uk.com/index.html?press23.html&2
It is also proposed that aggregate would arrive
by rail and be unloaded at the site two or three times a week.
The Firstplan representative maintained that the unloading
would only take place during operating hours. However, this
does not rule out the arrival of the trains and their freight
during the hours of darkness - a most unwelcome prospect
for those residents whose properties back onto the railway
line. The question was posed as to the level of noise generated
by London Concrete's sated plan to unload "heavy stones from
steel containers into steel hoppers within a steel enclosure
[the plant building]". The Firstplan representative suggested
that "there would be no noise and dust beyond 50 meters
of the plant " - however, even if one accepts that
claim and ignores the effect of wind in carrying dust and particulates
further afield, many houses fall within that 'fallout' zone.
However, it is the issue of dust that causes many
residents the most concern, not least because of various UK
and US studies linking concrete dust with cancers .
The links with childhood asthma , of course,
are obvious - and Haringey already has a high incidence of
the disease (some 10 per cent of the child population). During
the course of the meeting, the Firstplan representative repeatedly
backtracked on his earlier statement about the 50 metre fallout
zone, suggesting that in fact there would be no dust emissions
from the plant due to the "state of the art" technology and
However, London Concrete's parent company - Aggregate
Industries - has already been fined £13,000 after pleading
guilty to Barrow Magistrates to the charge of operating a concrete
batching plant in Barrow without a local air pollution control
authorisation and thus being in breach of the Environmental
Protection Act . The court was told that Barrow-in-Furness
Borough Council had advised the company that an authorisation
would be required. Following a complaint of dust nuisance,
officers from the Council found that the company had built
and was operating the plant without authorisation. The cause
of the dust was that the (illegal) plant was also being operated
without any dust suppression equipment.
It was pointed out to Paul Tomkins, head of development
control at Haringey's Environmental Services Directorate and
chair of the meeting, that Haringey Council has recently initiated
a Cleaner, Greener, Tougher campaign. London Concrete's
plans would seem to be at odds with the Council's stated objectives: http://www.haringey.gov.uk/council/strategies_and_policies/better_haringey.htm
All these points, as well as a number of other
concerns, were raised repeatedly by audience members during
the course of the two-hour meeting. The clear consensus was
that the proposed development would have zero benefits to the
local community. By the end, a number of undertakings were
secured from both Firstplan and Tomkins.
Having been accused of timing their application
(and subsequent request for an adjournment of this July 15
meeting) to capitalise on the fact that many residents would
be away on their summer holidays, and hence not around to express
their opposition to the application, the Firstplan representative
made it clear that both his firm and London Concrete would
be prepared to see the consultation timetable extended.
For his part, Paul Tomkins agreed to restart the
consultation process. As part of that undertaking, letters
would be resent to the original 100 or so residents contacted
in mid-June, while additional notification letters would be
sent to another 200 or so addresses, including local schools.
Originally, the application could have come before the Planning
Sub-Committee for a final decision as early as August 31. Tomkins
agreed, however, to convene another public meeting in early
September, with the application then not going before the Planning
Sub-Committee until later that month. However, he confirmed
that just one week's notice of that date would be given to
During a magnificent deconstruction of London
Concrete's application earlier in the evening, MP Barbara Roche
asked Firstplan's representative the question many local residents
would no doubt like to put to London Concrete's board of directors: "Would
you want this plant in your backyard?" The answer, when it
finally came, was predictable: "No."
13.7.04 | Public meeting goes ahead as planned
The Meeting of the 'Development
Control Forum' will take place as planned this Thursday,
15th of July | 7:00pm | Hornsey School for Girls, Inderwick
A Source at Haringey planning department commented on FirstPlan letter: "The
meeting was Scheduled in January to facilitate people ability to attend
before schools break for holiday." Haringey
Planning Department have extended the deadline
for objection letters until the 31st of August 2004.
may need more time to defend their client's (London Concrete
Ltd) Planning Application
Firstplan Ltd who are acting on behalf of London
Concrete Ltd, have sent letters to few local residence. They
tell us: their experts will be on holiday at the time of the
public meeting. They are requesting an additional meeting at
the end of July when most people and especially families with
kids will be on holiday.
We suggest to both Haringey planning department
and Firstplan Ltd to:
- Schedule the second public meeting when everyone
can attend it, in the beginning of September!!!
- And take this opportunity to properly consult
the larger community who will all be effected by this development!!!
To read the letter click here
London Concrete Ltd, has a far from unblemished
record - we cite examples below of its operations in Battersea
and Barrow. We hope that, as journalists, you may feel compelled
to investigate their activities further. We are sure there
are more stories to uncover!
Crouch End Residents Fight
Plans to build Concrete Plan
Crouch End residents are mounting rapid and widespread
resistance against plans to establish a Concrete Batching
Plant on land adjacent the Chettle Court housing estate
and behind Uplands Road in the heart of the borough.
GreenN8, a pressure group set up in response to the proposals, is leading
the fight and the group has already set up a website at
The site contains essential information on the plans and enables users
to register their disapproval via the simple click of a mouse. There
is also a discussion group at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/greenn8
The group has secured the support of local councillors and is currently
compling a detailed dossier outlining their objections to the plans.
A similar plant was built by the same company, London Concrete Ltd,
in Battersea 5 years ago and has wreaked massive disruption to residents'
lives, with concrete lorries causing congestion and spilling loads
according to pressure group leaders there. London Concrete is now applying
to double its mixer truck limit from 4 to 8 in Battersea, despite earlier
agreeing to the lower limit.
Meanwhile, in Barrow, London Concrete's parent company, Aggregate Industries, was
found guilty of operating a similar batching plant without adequate
authorisation. Following complaints of dust nuisance, the company was
found to be operating without the required dust suppression equipment
and was fined £13,000. Concrete dust is a known carcinogen and
can also cause bronchitis and silicosis.
In a statement, GreenN8 commented: "This development will have a huge
impact on the environment we've all chosen as our home. It will change
the overall flavour of our community, with lorries using the one-way
system around Tottenham Lane and Hornsey High Street to deliver their
loads. Its impact will be felt by all residents of Crouch End, Hornsey
Vale and Hornsey, not just those living adjacent to the plant. The
pollution of the air we all breathe with harmful concrete dust is a
problem that may also affect those to the east of the borough around
Green Lanes as well residents of Stroud Green."
The proposed development will extend an existing business park, whose
entrance is off Tottenham Lane opposite the Post Office. The current
site is home to mainly storage, removal and distribution companies,
and GreenN8 argues that the heavy industrial nature of the proposed
batching plant is out of character with the rest of the estate and
an utterly inappropriate use of land in such a residential area.
Other problems the plant will bring to the area, according to the group,
include noise pollution, as well as damage to local plant and animal
life. They also believe it will not maxmise the employment potential
of the land and are actively encouraging alternative plans that will
deliver more jobs while having less environmental impact.
For further information please contact: info@greenN8.icom43.net
Background information on GreenN8
Our immediate objectives are:
Inform the wider community of
the implication and its impact. We encourage all to research
into it which is why we set up the website, so everyone can
find out how it may affect their lives and their environment.
If you feel like us about it, voice your
concerns by writing to Haringey planning office
We need as many
people as possible writing letters/emails. Easy
copy & paste letters and relevant addresses are on
our website here http://www.greenn8.icom43.net/library/letter.html
We invite as
many people as possible to turn up at the public meeting
on: Thursday 15th of July 2004 at 7:00pm At Hornsey
School For Girls, Inderwick Road, London N8
We are also
anxious to talk to other groups which have already
formed and/or are forming, so we could co-ordinate our
efforts in a creative and effective way, especially those
from the Wightman Rd/ ladder areas. We have printed leaflets
and posters , which we need to distribute there.
Expand the group to
include and represent the concerns and comments of the wider
Expand the team
that is researching these issues more in depth. It
will allow us to strongly defend our objections, based
on planning guidelines at all levels from national Govt.
to local council.
Any help on
these and other issues would be welcomed: Employment,
Transport , Ecology, Environmental, Conservation, Noise,
Pollution, and so on.
We would also like to
invite/see other proposals for a more appropriate
use for that green/ employment land, which will:
Fulfill all the guidelines.
Maintain and enhance the character
of this area.
Background information on the
Behind the eco-friendly façade
of London Concrete Ltd's operations in Battersea
Looking at how another residential
community is coping with hosting 'London Concrete
Ltd'. And the impact this development created 4 years down
the timeline. Not good news!
9:30am Saturday 23rd January 1999
Depot Row Verdict Date
People complaining about plans to put a cement depot in their street
should find out by March if their battle has been successful.
Around half-a-dozen spoke out against plans by London Concrete to open
a concrete batching plant in Stewards Lane, Battersea at public inquiry
The inquiry followed a decision by Wandsworth Council last June not
to allow the scheme to go ahead and a subsequent appeal by the company.
Residents said they already put up with train transporters and buses
thundering past their homes and the noise, dust and traffic created
by the plan would be the final straw.
But the company says it will deal with traffic problems.
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9:30am Saturday 23rd January 1999
Residents? fury over proposals
Angry Battersea residents are planning a mass protest against proposals
to double the number of mixer trucks at Stewarts Lane Cement Plant,
amid claims it has turned their once residential area into an industrial
The plant, near Queenstown Road, sparked controversy in 1999 when it
was approved on appeal by the Secretary of State despite protests from
residents and the council.
Planning restrictions were put in place for only four mixer trucks
to be used but London Concrete Ltd is now applying to increase the
number of trucks to a maximum of eight.
Last November the company applied to have the restriction lifted but
this was thrown out by the council. It will now be considered at a
public inquiry later this year.
Residents are up-in-arms about the latest proposals and say they already
live in an industrial nightmare with lorries driving on pavements and
spilling cement on the road.
Kathy Martins, who has lived in Silverthorne Road for 22 years and
is leading the campaign, said: "The cement lorries spill their loads
everywhere, making the area dirty and dangerous.
"They frequently block the road and there have been many accidents.
"When planning permission was granted in 1999 it was on an experimental basis
for five years. Yet before barely three years are up the company concerned is
applying to double its capacity.
"We will be protesting at the planning meetings and public inquiry. The company
must realise it is dangerous running so many heavy lorries through what is essentially
a residential area."
Supporting the residents, Queenstown Ward councillor Richard Vivian
said: "The council didn't want the plant to open in the first place.
The number of vehicles was restricted to four to cap the amount of
traffic at the site.
"Any more trucks will certainly cause further spillage and further antagonise
"I have confidence the council will throw this out and we may then have to make
a strong case to the planning tribunal to prevent it going through on appeal."
Battersea MP Martin Linton added: "No-one should be allowed to increase
the lorry movements. They cause a huge amount of inconvenience and
distress to the residents.
"I would like to see proper access to the site from a main road instead of using
No-one at London Concrete Ltd was available for comment.
We would like to find
out how this story ended. Perhaps you can find out!
Background information on London Concrete parent company's
operations in Barrow
Aggregates business fined for unauthorised LAPC process
One of the UK's leading aggregates businesses, Aggregate Industries,
has been fined £13,000 after operating a new concrete batching
plant without an authorisation.
The fine was imposed by Barrow Magistrates in August after the company
pleaded guilty to operating a concrete batching plant in Barrow without
a local air pollution control authorisation in breach of the EPA.
The Court was told that Barrow-in-Furness Borough Council had advised
the company that an authorisation would be required. Following a complaint
of dust nuisance, officers from the Council found that the company
had built and was operating the plant without authorisation. The
cause of the dust was that the plant was also being operated without
any dust suppression equipment.