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B&Q Site: Approval on Hold

Our neighbours in NorthWestTWO advise …

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.

More details here.

Friends of Basing Hill Park

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.

Contact info

Local Elections in May

If You Want to Vote

From www.barnet.gov.uk/elections-and-voting/voting/register-vote:

  • If you want to vote in elections and referendums you must be registered and on the electoral register.
  • To vote in the Local Government Elections on 5 May 2022, you must be registered to vote by Thursday 14 April 2022.
  • You only need to register to vote once and you don’t need to register separately for every election.
  • You must register again if you’ve changed address, name or nationality.
  • Paying council tax does not register you to vote. Not only does being registered enable you to vote in elections, but it may also help your credit rating.
  • To check if you are already registered, please contact us at electoral services:
    • email: ero@barnet.gov.uk
    • phone: 020 8359 5577 (we may need to ask you questions to check your identity)

Ward Boundary Changes

See www.barnet.gov.uk/elections-and-voting/elections/new-barnet-ward-boundaries.

Following the recent boundary review there are a number of changes to wards. Most of our neighbourhood will be in Cricklewood ward, although the Vale and Pentland Close remain in Childs Hill ward.

B&Q Site – Latest

As we previously noted, Barnet provided further opportunity to comment on the revised plans for the B&Q site.

The NorthWestTwo Residents Association among many others have repeatedly voiced their opposition to the plan. You can read their latest objection here.

The online consultation has now ended and the planning outcome is pending. However, comments can still be emailed to planning.consultation@barnet.gov.uk and will be accepted up until the time that the decision is made.

Barnet Local Plan

“The Local Plan sets out a vision for how Barnet will change as a place over the next 15 years and forms a strategy which emphasises the borough’s attractiveness as a place to live, work and visit. The emerging plan will replace the existing 2012 Local Plan and will provide the main basis upon which future planning applications will be determined.”

You can have your say here: https://engage.barnet.gov.uk/local-plan-reg-19.

B&Q Site – Another Chance to Object (Before 16th July)

Ben Tansley from NorthWestTwo writes …

You’ve probably already seen that Montreaux have made a last-minute amendment to their plans, cutting the height of the tallest block to 19 storeys, leaving tower blocks 15, 16, 17, 18, 19 and now again 19 storeys high – still more than twice the height of anything else in Cricklewood. This reduced the proposal by just 50 residential units, cutting it to 1050 units. They may have hoped this would make it more acceptable to the planning committee on 13 July 2021, but now there’s a new consultation and it can’t go to committee until September.

NorthWestTwo Residents Association, the Railway Terraces Residents Association and many, many others remain thoroughly opposed to this application. It’s still overwhelming, overbearing and out of keeping, too dense, and too much of a burden on local amenities, while its purported benefits crumble on examination.

Initial consultation was undertaken in October 2018, with letters being sent to 780 addresses. Following revisions to the scheme, an additional consultation was undertaken in June 2019. In total 480 objections were received, although only 81 of these objections were received in relation to the revised scheme.

You may be very tired of this and feel you’ve said so much already! Even so, it could be very worthwhile to go to Barnet’s planning portal again and simply say you still object. The new deadline is 16th July.

You may also have thought of more to say, in which case do add it and go into as much detail as you want! As the website itself says “If your comment is over 2000 characters please submit another online comment, begin the comment with ‘Continued’.” Lots of us have done that. But most of all, do make sure your previous objection isn’t dismissed or discounted – say it still stands!

The developers have not provided a new picture but it will look roughly like this. The top of the 25-storey block has been reduced by just 6 storeys.

Antisocial Behaviour – We Can Stop It

Is antisocial behaviour causing you sleepless nights?

Please report any incident of antisocial behaviour or any other crime to the links below. This serious problem will only get the attention it deserves if we all report it.

Police:

Barnet Council:

If you have any issues or concerns please contact nhw@ggera.org.uk.

B&Q Site Development

Ben Tansley writes …

I have news about the B&Q site. Barnet Council have opened a new consultation on the planning application. They’ve done so without any publicity. They have not put notices on the street, or emailed or written to any of the thousand objectors to the plans. It’s running for just two weeks, 17 May to 31 May 2021. They say this is because they’ve received additional information, an “Urban Design Study” submitted by Montreaux that has new “photorealistic” images of the development and much praise for its elegance and generosity.

We’re concerned that the planning officers’ recommendation might claim that the thousand objections have largely been refuted by this Study. So NorthWestTwo is publicising the consultation on our website Cricklewood B&Q site – May 2021 consultation – NorthWestTWO and elsewhere.

You’ll find images and extracts from the study on that web page, plus links to that and to last month’s revised transport assessment, which is also seriously flawed.

Other Matters

Clitterhouse Farm’s garden will be closed from this Saturday until January 9th. The Grub Club – which tackles food waste and food poverty by turning surplus into delicious meals on a “pay as you feel” basis – will be returning also on the 9th. Help tackle environmental waste by bringing your tupperware along.

We do also want to thank

  • Barnet’s parks and street cleaning team for keeping our streets and playing fields free of litter.
  • Barnet Police and the Golders Green & Childs Hill Safer Neighbourhood teams for working hard to keep us safe.
  • Our councillors and council officers for their ongoing support in local matters and particularly with our Dump Donoghue campaign.

You can contact our police Safer Neighbourhood Teams for non-urgent matters:

Of course these contact points are not for emergency matters. For urgent help please dial 999.

https://www.met.police.uk provides a way of reporting crime online.

You can keep up to date with police local news and advice by joining www.owl.co.uk.