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Draft Colindale Underground Station Supplementary Planning Document (SPD)

29 October - 10 December 2018 

The council has prepared a draft Colindale Underground Station Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) for public consultation. This document has been prepared to guide any future planning proposals associated with the redevelopment of Colindale Underground Station and the immediate area adjoining the station.

The document sets out an approach for delivering a new station, with step-free access and increased capacity as part of a residential led mixed use proposal. The new station will be equipped to serve anticipated growth and development in the area.

The draft SPD aims to help inform the preparation of future planning applications associated with:

  • development of a new Colindale Underground Station;
  • redevelopment of the existing tube station, land above the tracks, the station car-park, 167-173 Colindale Avenue and Agar House (Units 1-6), Colindale Avenue; and
  • delivery of highway, public realm and bridge improvements on Colindale Avenue immediately adjacent to the Underground Statio.

The main purpose of the draft SPD is to:

  • establish the policy and design context for the redevelopment of the Underground Station and associated development in the immediately adjoining area, including above the rail tracks, the existing station car-park, 167-173 Colindale Avenue and Agar House (Units 1-6) Colindale Avenue;
  • provide supplementary detail to existing planning policy;
  • explain how development will be delivered and infrastructure investments secured;
  • engage all interested stakeholders in the development process.

The draft SPD is supported by the Sustainability Appraisal, Equalities Impact Assessment, Statement of Consultation, Viability Assessment and a baseline Scoping Report.

Consultation

The local community and residents have an opportunity to provide their views on the draft Colindale Underground Station SPD.

The draft SPD is subject to six weeks of consultation. The consultation period will run from Monday 29 October to Monday 10 December 2018. During this time, we encourage local residents, community groups and businesses to make representations on the draft SPD.

Following this period of consultation, the council will consider representations and revise the SPD, where appropriate, before it is formally adopted in February 2019.

As part of the public consultation, two drop-in sessions will be held at Pulse Community Rooms, 15 Osler Court, 9 Charcot Road, Colindale, NW9 5DZ. This will give people the opportunity to find out more about the draft SPD from Council Officers and ask any questions. The drop-in sessions are scheduled for:

  • 7 November 2018 (6pm-8pm) at Pulse Community Rooms, 15 Osler Court, 9 Charcot Road, NW9 59Z
  • 10 November 2018 (2pm-4pm) at Pulse Community Rooms, 15 Osler Court, 9 Charcot Road, NW9 59Z

How to get involved?

If you would like to make any comments on the draft Colindale Underground Station SPD, you can do so by completing the online questionnaire.

You can also respond by submitting comments in writing by Monday 10 December 2018 by:

  • emailing: forward.planning@barnet.gov.uk, or
  • writing to: Planning Policy Team – Strategic Planning and Regeneration, 2nd Floor, Barnet House, 1255 High Road, Whetsone, N20 0EJ.

Hard copies of the document will also be available to view at:

  • Colindale Library - Barnet and Southgate College, 7 Bristol Avenue, London, NW9 4BR)
  • Planning reception - at North London Business Park, Oakleigh Road South, London, N11 1NP and Barnet House, 1255 High Road, Whetstone, N20 0EJ

Employment to Residential Conversions - Article 4 Direction

1 October - 12 November 2018 

What’s this about?

Are you a local business, concerned too many employment spaces are being converted into flats? Are you a landlord of an office or industrial space? Or anyone else concerned about these kinds of development? We want to hear from you.

Converting offices into dwellings has been automatically permitted by Government since 2013 through the ‘Prior Approval’ process. The Council proposes to adopt Article 4 Directions to take back control, in future requiring landowners to follow our normal planning processes. This should better protect our town centres and small businesses, whilst improving design quality. Do you agree with this plan?

Although this is a technical consultation on the proposal for Article 4 Directions the Council welcomes your comments on the conversion of employment spaces into residential dwellings.

Following confirmation of the Directions landowners will be required to bring forward such changes through a full planning process and they’d be assessed fully in relation to national, regional and local planning policies.

More information

We’ve been listening to the concerns of local residents and businesses and monitoring the changes taking place on the ground locally (Authorities Monitoring Report 2016-17 and Employment Land Study 2017). Such documents have identified the scale of the loss of employment spaces and the risk this poses to the economic future of the Borough. On the basis of this evidence we are making a case for removing this automatic right to convert employment spaces into residential spaces within our town centres and other key employment locations.

This will enable the Council to better manage where losses and changes to business space are appropriate.

Documents can be downloaded on the Barnet Engage site

Give us your views

We want to hear your views on what the Council is doing with this Article 4 Direction process. Do you think this is the best way to manage the loss of employment floorspace to residential ? Please provide your comments via:

  • E-mailing: forward.planning@barnet.gov.uk
  • Writing to: Planning Policy Team, 2nd Floor Annex, Barnet House, 1255 High Road, London, N20 0EJ.

Feedback to the consultation will be taken into account by Councillors when they review and consider all responses at the Planning Committee meeting scheduled for September 2019, this will be a full 12 months after the Directions were made.

Draft Statement of Community Involvement (SCI)

18 June - 30 July 2018

The Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) sets out how the council will involve local residents, businesses and community groups in the preparation of planning documents and the consideration of planning applications. Initially introduced in 2007 and subsequently revised in 2015, the SCI is being updated to reflect further reforms to the planning system. This includes the introduction of the Brownfield Land Register and Permission in Principle.

The commitments set out in the SCI will ensure that planning processes in Barnet are fair, transparent and inclusive.

Please see below for the consultation document:

The draft SCI will be published for a six week consultation period from 18 June until 30 July 2018. Comments received will be reviewed as part of finalising the SCI for adoption in Autumn 2018.

You can make representations on the Draft Statement of Community Involvement by using the following methods:

North Finchley Town Centre Framework Draft Supplementary Planning Document

16 October - 27 November 2017

The council is consulting on its North Finchley Town Centre Framework Draf Supplementary Planning Document (SPD).

The framework has been developed in collaboration with the local community. In particular, we asked residents, businesses and users of the town centre their views with regards any issues and opportunities for North Finchley town centre through a series of workshops. The initial engagement comprised stakeholder surgeries, a stakeholder workshop which focused on the desired vision for North Finchley town centre, and a follow up stakeholder workshop to review the emerging ideas. The key issues and opportunities identified in the initial stages of consultation in addition to the Evidence Base work, have shaped the vision for North Finchley town centre and the resultant development principles. Details of how this engagement process has informed the Draft SPD is provided in the Consultation Statement.

Town Centre Framework aims

  • achieve sustainable social, environmental and economic development that will benefit North Finchley town centre and the surrounding area;
  • provide a framework for developing a mixture of land uses, including residential, retail, leisure, employment and community facilities in the town centre and wider area;
  • provide a framework for making decisions on future proposals in a manner that supports appropriate development, the overall improvement of the area and a vibrant town centre;
  • undertake high level viability appraisals at various stages during the production of the SPD;
  • create a plan that maximises existing and future movement opportunities including links to nearby stations (Woodside Park and West Finchley), the bus network and pedestrian and cycle connections;
  • achieve well designed, high quality streets, spaces, public realm and buildings, which deliver an appropriate degree of local distinctiveness;
  • develop a public realm strategy which considers opportunities for improvement, and any long-term management issues;
  • promote a safer and more secure environment in which all sections of the community can have a sense of ownership and pride; and
  • seek to achieve the highest possible standards in sustainable design from any new development; and involve key stakeholders (including ward councillors, landowners, traders, local businesses, North Finchley Town Team and other community representatives) within the area in the preparation of the SPD.

The draft SPD is supported by the following documents:

Once adopted, new developments within the boundary of the SPD will required to be in accordance with the vision, strategy and development principles contained within the guidance in this document. Therefore we are consulting on the draft SPD and want to hear the views of local residents, visitors, businesses and stakeholders. It is important that residents and other interested parties have their say in the planning policy.

You can find out more about the plans at our drop-in exhibition sessions enabling local residents and other interested parties to provide their views and ask questions. Planning officers will also be on hand alongside the consultants to discuss the plans and answer any questions you may have.

Drop-in exhibitions will be held at a local venue enabling local residents and other interested parties to provide their views and ask questions. Planning officers will also be on hand to discuss the plans and answer any questions you may have.

Exhibition details

Location
Date
Time
North Finchley Library,
Ravensdale Ave,
North Finchley, N12 9HP.
Saturday 4 November 2017
2 - 5pm
Saturday 11 November 2017
2 - 5pm
Tuesday 14 November 2017
4 - 8pm

Please come along to one of our drop-in sessions or read the our Draft SDP and then give us your views. You can do this in various ways:

  • complete our online questionnaire;
  • complete a paper questionnaire. Printed copies of the questionnaire will be available at the drop in sessions at North Finchley Library. Alternatively, you can request a paper copy of the questionnaire, by emailing forward.planning@barnet.gov.uk or calling 020 8359 4990. Please ensure you provide your name and address;
  • you can also make representations on the Draft North Finchley Town Centre SPD by using the following methods:
    • by email to: forward.planning@barnet.gov.uk;
    • by post to: North Finchley SPD Consultation/o Planning Policy Team, Strategic Planning and Regeneration, 2nd Floor, Barnet House, 1255 High Road, Whetstone N20 0EJ.
    • by viewing documents in person at North Finchley Library N12 9HP or Planning Reception, Barnet House, N20 0EJ.

The closing date for us to receive questionnaires and comments is Monday 27th November 2017. These will then be reported to the Council’s Policy and Resources Committee in February 2018 so that they can be taken into account when the final version of the SPD is being considered for adoption.

Barnet’s Local List of Requirements for the Validation of Planning Applications

18 August – 11 September 2017

Planning applications are submitted on a standard application form and applicants are required to submit information for the validation/assessment of their planning applications.

Some of this information is a national requirement for all applications. Councils are also able to request more information for some applications, and these local requirements are known as a ‘local list’.

The information you will need to submit will depend on the type of application you are making and the nature and scale of the development proposals.

Barnet has reviewed its current local list, which was published in July 2015.

We have reviewed the Barnet local information requirements in light of certain changes introduced by the government and changes to local policies and looked at the requirements for different types of applications to make sure that the information requested is necessary for a particular scale and type of development. Each of the individual information requirements has also been reviewed and amended, where necessary, to reflect changes in policy/guidance since it was first adopted.

Please see below the existing Validation Requirements and the proposed changes documents.

The changes we propose to make can be seen in the consultation document. We will take your views, opinions and feedback on board when producing the updated List of Validation Requirements.

You can make representations on the proposed changes by using the following methods:

  • Post to:
    Lesley Feldman, Planning - Development Management
    10th Floor, Barnet House
    1255 High Road, Whetstone N20 0EJ
  • By email lesley.feldman@barnet.gov.uk.

For any queries please call Adam Ralton, Deputy Area Planning Manager on 020 8359 4676.

Please give us your comments before 11 September 2017.

Draft Green Infrastructure Supplementary Planning Document

13 July - 24 August 2017

The Council is consulting on the Draft Green Infrastructure Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) which will provide supplementary guidance for the green infrastructure policies included within Barnet’s Core Strategy and Development Management Local Plan Documents.

Please see below for the consultation document:

Improving green spaces can deliver positive health, environmental, social and economic outcomes for everyone. Providing green infrastructure makes an important contribution to creating places where people want to live, work and invest.

Green infrastructure brings many benefits to health, climate change mitigation, biodiversity, sustainable travel, flood risk management and the economy.

Barnet seeks to link up individual green spaces as part of a wider network that thread through urban areas and connect town to country. The Draft Green Infrastructure SPD provides a clear vision for delivering a range of benefits including:

  • enhancing the physical and mental health of residents
  • making Barnet a better place to live, work, invest, learn and play
  • joining communities together by creating new green links between different parts of the Borough
  • preparing for the impacts of climate change by controlling flooding, reducing pollution and moderating temperatures; and
  • protecting and enhancing the Borough’s trees and their contribution to cultural and natural heritage.

Once adopted the SPD will be capable of being a material consideration when determining planning applications.  The consultation will take place until Thursday 24 August 2017.

Please take the time to view the full draft SPD before giving your views. When commenting it would be helpful if you could indicate as applicable the section, page and paragraph number to which your comment relates.

The closing date for us to receive comments and feedback is Thursday 24 August 2017. These will then be reported to the Council’s Policy and Resources Committee so that they can be taken into account in autumn this year when the final version of the Green Infrastructure SPD is being considered for adoption.

You can make representations on the Draft Green Infrastructure SPD by using the following methods:

  • By post to: Planning Policy Team – Strategic Planning and Regeneration, 2nd Floor, Barnet House – 1255 High Road, Whetstone N20 0EJ
  • By email to: forward.planning@barnet.gov.uk

Draft Golders Green Station Planning Brief

23 March - 11 May 2017 [Extended to 25 May 2017]

The Council is consulting on the draft Golders Green Station Planning Brief which will help to shape any future development of Golders Green Bus Station and Underground Station, together with the adjoining depot, sidings and immediately surrounding public highways.

Please see below for the consultation document:

The draft Golders Green Station Planning Brief identifies development opportunities and constraints, provides guidance and sets out key planning policy considerations to establish a clear set of development parameters and outline the Council’s preferred approach to any future development.

The Council considers the site of Golders Green Station as an opportunity to provide a high quality mixed use development that sensitively integrates an improved public transport interchange within the distinctive historic environment of Golders Green. The draft Planning Brief has been produced to ensure that any future development improves transport connectivity and land use integration, respects and enhances Golders Green, creates high quality public realm and supports the success and vibrancy of the town centre.

Planning Briefs form a material consideration in the consideration of planning applications.  The consultation will take place until Thursday 25 May 2017.

A drop-in exhibition will be held at a local venue enabling local residents and other interested parties to provide their views and ask questions. Planning officers will also be on hand to discuss the plans and answer any questions you may have.

Exhibition details:

Date:  Wednesday 5th April 2017

Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm

Venue: Golders Green Parish Church, No. 1 West Heath Drive, NW11 7QG

Please take the time to view the full draft Planning Brief before giving your views.

The closing date for us to receive comments and feedback is Thursday 25 May 2017. These will then be reported to the Council’s Policy and Resources Committee so that they can be taken into account when the final version of the Planning Brief is being considered for adoption.

You can make representations on the Draft Golders Green Station Planning Brief by using the following methods:

  • By post to: Planning Policy Manager – Strategic Planning and Regeneration, 2nd Floor, Barnet House – 1255 High Road, Whetstone N20 0EJ
  • By email to: forward.planning@barnet.gov.uk

Household Telephone Survey for Barnet's Local Plan evidence base on Town Centres Floorspace Needs Assessment

May 2017

Re (Regional Enterprise Ltd) on behalf of London Borough of Barnet (LBB) has appointed a consultants team to carry out the Town Centre Floorspace Needs Assessment (TCFNA). This new study will update the previous TCFNA (completed in 2009) for Barnet.

On behalf of LBB/Re, NEMs Market Research agency has been instructed to undertake a survey over the telephone which will ask residents of the Borough about their shopping habits. The survey, lasting approximately 5 minutes, is being undertaken throughout May 2017. The results from the survey will help guide the preparation of the Council’s Local Plan. Should you have any queries or wish to verify that the survey is genuine, please contact Rita Brar at 0208 359 4990 or email at forward.planning@barnet.gov.uk

Draft Pentavia Retail Park Planning Brief document

8 September - 20 October 2016

The council is consulting on draft plans for the future development of the Pentavia Retail Park site located in Mill Hill.

Please see below for the consultation document:

To help shape the future of this site a draft planning brief has been prepared which sets out the opportunities for development. This sets out the key parameters to consider in determining the future of the Pentavia Retail Park site.

The draft planning brief focuses on the following key objectives:

  •  a sustainable mixed use development, creating a new place where people will chose to live with a range of new affordable homes that contribute to housing choice;
  • new employment space to serve the needs of modern businesses, in particular small to medium enterprises;
  • new outdoor amenity space and landscaping of a quality that enhances this location on the edge of Mill Hill;
  • new and ancillary small-scale ‘non-destination’ retail and leisure uses that serves the needs of the new development;
  • new and ancillary community space, such as a nursery, that serves the needs of Colindale and Mill Hill.

A drop-in exhibition is being held at Hartley Hall enabling local residents and other interested parties to view the plans in detail. Planning officers will also be on hand to discuss the plans and answer any questions you may have.

Exhibition details:

Date:  5th October 2016

Time: 6pm-8pm

Venue: Hartley Hall, Flower Lane, Mill Hill, NW7 2JA

Please take the time to view the full planning brief before giving your views.

The closing date for us to receive comments and feedback is Thursday 20 October 2016. These will then be reported to the Council’s Policy and Resources Committee so that they can be taken into account when the final version of the brief is being discussed and approved.

You can make representations on the Draft Pentavia Retail Park planning brief by using the following methods:

  • By post to: Harriet Beattie, Principal Planner,Strategic Planning, 2nd Floor,Barnet House,1255 High Road,Whetstone,N20 0EJ
  • By email to: forward.planning@barnet.gov.uk

Joint consultation on the draft Residential Design Guidance SPD and draft Sustainable Design and Construction SPD - (This consultation is now closed)

14 July - 25 August 2016

Since 2013, the London Plan has undergone a review with the further alterations to the London Plan adopted in March 2015. The Government has also established national standards for housing. In light of these changes, it is now timely to update the Sustainable Design and Construction and Residential Design supplementary planning documents. We are now seeking your views in doing this.

Draft Sustainable Design and Construction

Barnet’s Sustainable Design and Construction Supplementary Planning Document (SD&C SPD) was first published in 2007 and was subsequently updated in 2013. Its main purpose is to provide clarification on Barnet’s local interpretation of sustainable development in light of national and regional policy and the context of the Three Strands Approach (Protection, Enhancement, Growth). The SPD has been revised to focus on the design standards required for different scales of development as well as the performance standards of buildings. The refocused SPD captures changes on space standards as well as new standards that address accessibility, security, energy, noise and water conservation.

A clean version of the document and a track changes version of the document are both available for download to help make clear the changes we are making.

Draft Residential Design Guidance SPD

The Residential Design SPD provides more detailed residential design guidance issues relevant to Barnet such as local character, density, built form, car parking and amenity space standards connected with new build development. Through these changes the SPD sets out the local priorities for protecting and enhancing Barnet’s character. It provides a local reference point to the suite of national guidance on good design. A clean version of the document and a track changes version of the document are both available for download to help make clear the changes we are making.

Both SPDs compliment each other, with the first one covering design aspects of all residential developments, whilst the second SPD concentrates on the technical and construction side of all developments.

The two SPDs will form an important part of Barnet’s Local Plan as they will help to provide more detail on the implementation of planning policies in the Local Plan. We therefore want to gauge the views particularly of residents, community groups and developers on these important supplementary planning documents.

Consultation documents

Comments are invited on both the draft Residential Design Guidance and draft Sustainable Design and Construction SPDs.

You can submit your comments in the following ways:

Write to: Planning Policy Team, Strategic Planning and Regeneration, Barnet House, 1255 High Road, London, N20 0EJ.

Email forward.planning@barnet.gov.uk

The closing date for us to receive comments and feedback is Thursday 25 August 2016 at 5pm.

Further information on the consultation is provided on the engage consultation page.

Draft Brake Shear House Planning Brief document - (This consultation is now closed)

The council is consulting on draft plans for the future development of the Brake Shear House site located in Chipping Barnet.

To help shape the future of this site a draft planning brief has been prepared which sets out the opportunities for development. This sets out the key parameters to consider in determining the future of the Brake Shear House site reflecting its location within the Chipping Barnet Town Centre. It also highlights the opportunities it provides for the delivery of much needed housing and new employment that supports small to medium enterprises.

The draft planning brief focuses on the following key objectives:

  • to deliver a high quality residential-led mixed used development comprising of a range of housing types and tenures, including family homes;
  • To preserve and enhance its contribution to the character and appearance of the historic Chipping Barnet Town Centre;
  • To provide opportunities for employment creation, ensuring  the continued contribution to innovation and growth through  provision of workspace for small to medium enterprises; and
  • To ensure any new development is of the highest design and environmental standards and appropriate in scale and siting.

A drop-in exhibition is being held at Chipping Barnet Library enabling local residents and other interested parties to view the plans in detail. Planning officers will also be on hand to discuss the plans and answer any questions you may have.

Exhibition details:

Please take the time to view the full planning brief and the exhibition boards before giving your views.

The closing date for us to receive comments and feedback is Thursday 10 March 2016. These will then be reported to the Council’s Policy and Resources Committee so that they can be taken into account when the final version of the SPD is being discussed and approved.

Make representations on the Draft Brake Shear House planning brief by using the following methods:

  • Harriet Beattie, Principal Planner
    Strategic Planning
    2nd Floor,Barnet House
    1255 High Road, Whetstone N20 0EJ
  • By email to: forward.planning@barnet.gov.uk

Grahame Park Estate draft supplementary planning document

Local residents, businesses and stakeholders in the Grahame Park and Colindale area, will be aware of the ongoing regeneration work happening across the estate.

The Council and its development partner Choices for Grahame Park (led by Genesis Housing Association) have reviewed the remainder of the Masterplan, known as Stage B, to ensure a viable and deliverable scheme.

Instead of a new planning application, the remainder of the Masterplan is being planned through a Supplementary Planning Document (SPD). This will provide a framework when considering detailed planning applications for a series of phases over a 10-15 year period.

Draft Grahame Park SPD and supporting documents

Hard copies of the above documents can be accessed at the following locations:

Barnet House Planning Reception, 1255 High Road, Whetstone, N20 0EJ (open Mon-Fri 9am-5 pm); and

Grahame Park Library, The Concourse, Grahame Park, Colindale, NW9 5XL.

Consultation events

The following consultation events will take place on the estate at Genesis Housing Office, 15 The Concourse, London NW9 at the following times:

  • Wednesday 17 February 2016, 10.00am -12.30pm
  • Thursday 18 February 2016, 3.30pm-7.00pm
  • Saturday 20 February 2016, 10am-12.30pm

You can make representations on the draft SPD in either of the following ways:

In writing to: Director of Regeneration and Strategic Planning, London Borough of Barnet, Barnet House, 1255 High Road, Whetstone, N20 0EJ; or,

By email to: forward.planning@barnet.gov.uk.

The closing date for us to receive comments and feedback is Monday 14 March 2016. These will then be reported to the Council’s Policy and Resources Committee so that they can be taken into account when the final version of the SPD is being discussed and approved.

Houses in Multiple Occupation (28 May - 30 August 2015) - This consultation is now closed

The Council plans to introduce an Article 4 Direction which will require landlords to apply for planning permission on properties that they intend to convert into a small House in Multiple Occupation (HMOs).

Landlords currently can convert houses into small scale HMOs (for 3 to 6 unrelated persons) without the need for planning permission. Larger HMOs require planning permission.

The Article 4 Direction will enable the Council to consider applications for all HMOs.

The Council is also consulting on introducing an Additional Licensing Scheme for HMO which will require landlords to inform the Council that their property is in multiple occupation and ensure that they meet the required standards.

Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) and their concentration can sometimes be associated with: poor standards of accommodation; loss of local character; reduction in environmental quality; increased noise complaints; increased anti-social behaviour; loss of single family dwelling houses; increased levels of crime; increased pressures on car parking; dominance of private renting; changes to local retail provision and increased pressure upon local services.

Comments were invited on the proposed Article 4 Direction. We gave you two options to submit your comments which were as follows:

  • in writing to: Planning Policy Team, Building 4, North London Business Park, Oakleigh Road South, London, N11 1NP.
  • or by email to: forward.planning@barnet.gov.uk

The closing date for the consultation was 30th August 2015 at 5pm.

Please navigate to the section below to access the statutory notice, the Article 4 Direction and supporting case.

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