Our second newsletter about the land around High Barnet station provides an update about significant changes to our proposals in response to our public and stakeholder engagement. We also have some further information about our second public consultation event in November where we will present the detailed proposals.
Our vision is to create a new place that everybody can be proud of – both the existing and future community. It will deliver improved connections between the station and its surroundings, provide new homes (including a large proportion of affordable homes) and improve the public realm. Environmental sustainability and quality will be integral to the design. We recognise that how these objectives are achieved is a matter for discussion with the local community.
Responding to your feedback – revised proposals
Our consultation event in June was an opportunity to present some initial ideas and hear the local community’s feedback. Since then, we have been studying the feedback received and are making a number of changes to the scheme in response. Some of the key changes we will be proposing include:
Preserving High Barnet’s suburban character – some people are worried that the scale of development could disrupt the suburban character of the area. Our revised proposals will respect this by substantially reducing the height and scale of development being proposed. We want the proposals to provide great spaces to walk through and enjoy, and we will be designing connections, public spaces and buildings that deliver this.
Protection of natural habitats and green spaces – Development was originally identified for the northern areas of the site, close to Meadway. Development in this area is no longer being proposed. Working alongside ecologists we will improve the health of the mature and high quality trees and plant new trees that will increase local biodiversity and wildlife.
Our revised proposals will still deliver real community benefits:
New homes on brownfield land, preventing urban sprawl and building on green open spaces and 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.
Help local people 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.
Our Second Public Exhibition in November
Our second event will be held on the following dates:
Thursday 7 November, 2pm – 8pm
Friday 8 November, 2pm – 6pm
Saturday 9 November, 12pm – 4pm
These sessions will take place at High Barnet Station. We hope you can make it to one of the sessions, but if not, please see the Keep in Touch information below.