Barnet Council have been told not to approve Montreaux’s application yet, to give the Secretary of State time to decide whether or not to get involved.
The letter went to Barnet last Friday. The Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities “hereby directs your Council not to grant permission on this application without specific authorisation. This direction is issued to enable him to consider whether he should direct … that the application should be referred to him for determination.”
So as things stand, the Secretary of State (Michael Gove) hasn’t decided yet whether to call it in.
If he does call it in, then an inspector will carry out a public inquiry and make a report with recommendations. The Secretary of State would then grant planning permission or refuse the application. That’s how it usually goes, anyway. We’re not experts but we know it varies – sometimes the Secretary of State will invite further representations after the inspector’s reported, for example.
If he doesn’t call it in, Barnet will be free to go ahead and issue approval – the planning committee voted to approve it last September, and the Mayor of London has told Barnet he’s not getting involved.
We were pleased to learn about the recent launch of The Friends of Basing Hill Park.
They write …
Basing Hill Park is owned and managed by Barnet Council and open to the public. In addition to the existing Council support for upgrades and maintaining the Park, we wanted to provide the space with even more love, care and attention. So a small group of local people who use, love and live nearby our Park have recently set up The Friends of Basing Hill Park, a charity to help improve the Park for the enjoyment of all our users.
We all want to make Basing Hill Park a safer, more attractive, well-resourced and well-maintained place for everyone. And we’d love YOU to join us!
The Friends was established in November 2021 by Gaby Friedman, a local resident who has lived very close to the Park all his life and now visits it almost daily. Gaby chairs the Friends, supported by his fellow committee members who all live locally: Antony Dawodu (also chair of The Hope of Childs Hill); Aspi Dimitrov (from Herts Baseball Club), Ashley Fleischer, Julia Hiller and Annabel Ries. The Friends of Basing Hill Park is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) registered with the Charity Commission (number 1197809), of which Gaby, Ashley and Julia are the trustees.
The more Friends there are, the more influence we will have to raise various grants to invest into the Park, whether that’s from Barnet Council, the National Lottery, Argent Related, or others.
You can be as involved as you want. You can simply sign up, sit back and relax! Or you can offer your time and skills by suggesting ideas, helping at an event or joining our committee.
To become a Friend all we need is your name and email address; send us an email or join our Facebook group (links below)! Once we have your details (which we assure you we will only use for this purpose), you can proudly declare yourself a Friend of Basing Hill Park!
We have set up an Amazon Smile account for The Friends of Basing Hill Park. If you use smile.amazon.co.uk/ch/1197809-0 for any Amazon purchases, 0.05% will go to our charity. So please use this link, search for ‘Friends of Basing Hill Park’ and spread the word!
We are working closely with Barnet Council’s Green Spaces team and our local councillors, building connections and suggesting improvements that can be made to Basing Hill Park. We will also apply for grants to raise money that will help us meet our objectives. We’ll keep everyone updated in our newsletters, which all Friends will receive by email.
A reminder that Our Yard at Clitterhouse Farm is open at the following times:
Thursdays, 10 am – 5 pm
Fridays, 12 – 5 pm
Saturdays, 11 am – 3 pm
Delicious home baked cakes, toasties and hot drinks — plus live music played by The Loose Bohemians (Saturdays only).
Grub Club on Saturdays from 11am: Tasty “pay what you feel” meals, all created with surplus food to help fight food waste.
Little Critters Play ‘n’ Stay, 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month. 10 am – 12 pm. Nature play and outdoor fun, £5/child, incl. hot drink.
Farm Garden (& Plant Sale from 30th April)
Thursdays, 11 am – 1 pm
Saturdays, 10 am – 3 pm
A great selection of annuals and perennials, herbs and vegetables, all organically grown in peat free compost. Many of the plants are grown from seeds or cuttings with extra TLC from our amazing volunteers.
Our Yard also offers a variety of workshops throughout the year.
Watercolour sessions (every other Saturday)
Junior (5+) and Senior (14+) Theatre group (Fridays)
Women’s Drawing Night (once a month)
“Kidscycle” Free cycling sessions (1st Saturday of very month)