The Anonymous Widower

Go-ahead For West London 460-home Build To Rent Scheme

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on Construction Enquirer.

This is the first paragraph.

The scheme is the first to be brought forward by Connected Living London, a partnership between build to rent specialist Grainger and Transport for London.

This must be the way for London to get best value from all the suitable sites for housing, owned by Transport for London.

Four sites are mentioned in the article.

  • Next to Southall station
  • Next to Arnos Grove station
  • Montford Place in Kennington. which is currently being used as a construction site for the Northern Line Extension.
  • Above the new Nine Elms station on the Northern Line Extension.

These are some thoughts on the sites.

Arnos Grove Station

The developers will have to be careful, with the design at Arnos Grove station, as it’s a Grade II* Listed building.

This Google Map shows the station.

I never knew, that the station had so much parking.

Will the development be over some or all of this car parking?

This article on Ian Visits is entitled Plans To Build Flats On Arnos Grove Tube Station Car Park.

Ian says that there will be four blocks, with a total of162 rental homes, of which 40 % will be affordable.

  • It doesn’t seem to be high density or high towers.
  • A map shows it is not over the railway.

Ian also says this about the loss of car parking.

Unsurprisingly, there are local objections to the plans to remove the car park with nearly 300 parking spaces, although TfL counters that a third of the people who currently drive to the station living within walking distance.

But then many people never drive very far from where they live. For environmental reasons, perhaps fossil fuel vehicles should pay a Movement Tax of say five pounds, every time the vehicle is moved in a built-up area. Zero-emission vehicles would be exempt!

Montford Place

I took these pictures of the Montford Place site in July.

This site could be sensitive too! But surely, the residents don’t want an ugly utilitarian headhouse for the ventilation shaft of the Northern Line Extension.

This Google Map shows the site.

It is not small, judging by the two buses at the side.

There’s also a large hole to cover!



September 19, 2020 - Posted by | Transport/Travel, World | , , , , , ,


  1. You can kiss the car park goodbye. London is being turned into an anti-car city bit by bit. We are constantly being told to walk or cycle. Not clever if you are dis-abled.

    Comment by MauriceGReed | September 19, 2020 | Reply

    • I had a serious stroke ten years ago and have some mobility problems, so I sensibly bought a house, with a garage on the street for a mobility scooter, the possibility to fit a lift and close to umpteen bus routes, as I was banned from driving after the stroke. The money I save on not owning a car, I use for black cabs.

      Comment by AnonW | September 19, 2020 | Reply

  2. Given Arnos Grove is an open air shallow station One would expect lift access to be included in this scheme .

    Comment by Melvyn | September 19, 2020 | Reply

    • I would expect so! As Ian says, they’re going to improve the bus access.

      Lift access at Arnos Grove would probably mean that they could leave putting lifts into Southgate station for a few years, as I was told by a station guy at Southgate, that adding them to the station would be extremely difficult.

      Comment by AnonW | September 19, 2020 | Reply

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