Basement dig: Retired nurse fears for her home
Pensioner calls on Town Hall to block plans for two-storey residential property next to house she's lived in for 40 years
23 February, 2018 — By Helen Chapman
The garage that could make way for a new building – and basement – in Japan Crescent
AN 80-year-old woman fears she will be forced to move out of her house if planning chiefs allow her neighbours to dig a new basement.
Retired nurse Christina O’Donnell said she was being “robbed” of her home as councillors prepare to vote on works next door in Japan Crescent, Finsbury Park.
Her supporters fear construction and digging works will cause damage to Ms O’Donnell’s property, where she has lived for 40 years.
The application being considered by the Town Hall is to demolish a garage and create a two-storey residential property with a basement.
Ms O’Donnell said: “I wouldn’t cope with all the noise and I’m concerned about subsidence. I’m devastated. The neighbours and my family have all been very supportive. I feel like I’m being robbed of my house.”
Christina O’Donnell with neighbour Rick Lewis (left), and her son Peter
Her son, Peter O’Donnell, said: “It will take four to six weeks for the developers to carry out the underpinnings of the basement where they will dig down five-and-a-half metres. The disruption will be so great my mum would have to move out whilst it goes on.”
The family have hired their own civil engineer who they say showed up risk of damage, although this is contested by the applicants.
Aniruddha Mokashi, director of the D4P Developments, who have submitted the planning application, said: “We have done an incredible amount of engineering and structural strategy to ensure we would be underpinning the property properly.
“We haven’t gone against planning guidance of Japan Crescent. The basement will be around 13 square metres which is not very large.”
He added: “It is up to Mrs O’Donnell whether she feels the need to move out whilst the work goes on. The vibrations through the building would be less than negligible.”
Councillors will meet to consider the plans next week.