The NDG have been involved in discussions with various developers in Hackbridge. The Wandle Valley Trading Estate, Corbet Close and more recently Felnex. We are concerned that the area is not being looked at as a whole and only as individual re-development potentials and more importantly local views are not being listened too. What many people may not realise is that Hackbridge is situated in the largest area of the unfolding Wandle Valley Regional Park with direct access to the River Wandle. With these two jewels in our neighbourhood, new developments should use this as the major brief for their design, plus it gives them a great marketing opportunity. The areas under development have been industrial, but these are being replaced by mainly residential dwellings meaning the economy within Hackbridge is significantly depleting. This has a knock-on affect that people moving to Hackbridge would need to travel outside to find work on what is already an over crowded railway line (at rush hour) and with over 1000 new dwellings proposed over the various developments, can the current infrastructure cope (roads, healthcare etc)?
What has been agreed in particular for Phase 1 of Felnex (although not commencing at present) and the proposal for the land north of Hackbridge Train Station will dramatically change the look and feel of Hackbridge and not all for the better!
Whilst we welcome the regeneration of Hackbridge, this needs to be considered as a wider picture that will enhance the eclectic character of Hackbridge for the benefit of the existing residents and the new.
If you would like to discuss this further with your local residents, do pop down to The Red Lion Pub on Thursday 17 September from 7.30pm.
We understand this is short notice, so you may like to look through the presentation for the land north of the train station at your leisure and you still have the opportunity to comment on it to the developer by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We would love your feedback too, so please get in touch with the NDG at email@example.com.