Welcome to our first newsletter to keep you up to date with our proposals for the land around High Barnet station. We will be issuing these regularly as our project progresses.
TfL and Taylor Wimpey want to thank everyone who attended our first public exhibition in June as part of our programme of community engagement events. The time and feedback you provided has helped us develop our proposals.
Since June, we have been studying the feedback received and are making a number of changes to the scheme in response. We will be sharing these at a second public exhibition in November. In addition, you can read more about the initial proposals here and provide your feedback and ideas.
Our vision is to improve connections between the station and its surroundings, to provide new homes (including a large proportion of affordable homes), improve the public realm, and deliver an environmentally sustainable and exemplary design. We recognise that how this is achieved is a matter for discussion with the local community.
We also want to ensure the proposals deliver real community benefits:
New homes on brownfield land, preventing urban sprawl and building on the Green Belt.
Affordable housing, 40 per cent of the new homes built will be affordable tenure homes helping to meet local need, supporting a mixed and inclusive community. We will provide a mix of social and affordable rented homes, as well as shared ownership properties suitable for first time buyers.
Helping locals stay in the area, we will ensure homes are marketed first to local people through the Mayor’s ‘First Dibs’ initiative.
New green space and public realm through landscaped areas and a new square outside the station building.
A sustainable development, that uses renewable forms of energy and carefully designed to minimise environmental impact.
A safer and more accessible station through a new widened and well-lit footpath replacing the narrow walkway off Barnet Hill. We are also exploring new pedestrian crossings outside the station along Barnet Hill.
Increased footfall for local business by improving the connectivity between the station, Chipping Barnet, New Barnet and Underhill, we will encourage footfall and spend on the high street.
New facilities available for community use, including a new community hub, that could provide workspace, a café, flexible spaces for hire and cycle facilities.
Public Consultation event – Community Feedback
Our consultation event in June was an opportunity to present some initial ideas and hear the local community’s feedback. This highlighted a number of key concerns.
Car parking. There is support for encouraging sustainable transport. Some people are worried that a reduction in parking could mean new residents and commuters park on surrounding streets.
Preserving High Barnet’s suburban character Some people are worried that the scale of development could disrupt the suburban character of the area. Many people want to preserve a local feel, which is an important part of what so many people like about living in High Barnet.
Protection of natural habitats and green spaces It is important to people that the site retains its biodiversity, and that green and open spaces are not compromised or built over for the sake of new homes.
Ensuring affordable housing on site. People want a clear commitment that there will be genuinely affordable homes and that new housing won’t be bought and left empty by foreign buyers.
Local infrastructure that can support new residents. A joined-up approach with the Council which means that a good quality of service provision can be maintained.
Since our consultation event in June, the team have been studying the feedback and revising the proposals. We have also continued to engage with the Council and local stakeholders. We will be holding a second exhibition event in November, where we will be showing more detailed designs. Updates about this event will be released soon via our website and future newsletters.