Keeping watch on developments in New Barnet


Planning Application for Gasworks Site

Fairview New Homes submitted a planning application to build 652 flats on the former gasworks site in Albert Road (Victoria Quarter) in April 2020. The deadline for public comments to Barnet Council was 17 June 2020. Link to application details (20/1719/FUL) on Barnet Council's planning website: tinyurl.com/vqappapr2020

An additional 21 day consultation period was opened at the end of July 2020 following some minor changes to the planning application. A total of 1048 objections had been lodged with Barnet Council's planners when public comments closed again on 19 August 2020.

The official report by Barnet Council's Planning Officers on Fairview's 652 flat scheme for the gasworks site was published on 24 August 2020. The report recommends approval. The development is the main agenda item for the councillors on Barnet's Planning Committee to discuss and vote on at their 2 September 2020 online meeting.
Link to: Agenda and Report on Barnet Council's website.
Due to the size of the development it will also have to be referred to the Mayor of London.


UPDATE:

At Barnet's planning committee on 2nd September, the 11 councillors present at the online meeting voted unanimously to oppose the officers report that recommended approval of Fairview's Victoria Quarter development. In their comments, all the cllrs were clear in their very strong objections to the scheme. They then agreed to defer to their next meeting a vote on the detailed grounds to refuse the planning application. This was due to the very long list that the councillors came up with and the importance of writing this in a clear and unambiguous way.


UPDATE 2:

At Barnet's planning committee on 13th Oct, the councillors voted unanimously to agree to the grounds for refusal for Fairview's Victoria Quarter development that had been compiled by planning officers following the cllrs unanimous vote to reject the development at their meeting on 2nd Sept.

The agreed reasons for refusal of 20/1719/FUL are:
1. The proposed development, by virtue of its excessive height, scale, massing and density would represent an over development of the site resulting in a visually obtrusive form of development that would fail to respect its local context and the pattern of development in the area, to such an extent that it would be detrimental to the character and appearance of the area. The proposal would therefore not constitute a sustainable form of development and would be contrary to the provisions of the NPPF; Policies 3.4, 7.4, 7.6 and 7.7 of the London Plan (2016); Policies CS NPPF, CS5, DM01 and DM05 of the Barnet Local Plan Core Strategy and Development Management Policies (2012).
2. The proposed development by reason of its density, design and layout, would provide an unsatisfactory standard of residential accommodation due to the poor layout of some of the proposed flats, inadequate separation distances, poor outlook, limited natural light and poor quality courtyard amenity spaces. The proposal would therefore represent a poor form of development to the detriment of the amenity and living conditions of future occupiers. Therefore the proposal is contrary to the provisions of the NPPF; Policies 3.5, 7.4 and 7.6 of the London Plan (2016); Policy CS5 of the Local Plan Core Strategy (2012); Policy DM01 and DM02 of the Development Management Policies (2012); the Council's Residential Design Guidance SPD (2016); and Sustainable Design and Construction SPD (2016).
3. The proposed development, by virtue of the unit mix being predominantly one and two bedroom units and with no provision of four bed family units, fails to provide a genuine choice for a growing and diverse population and thus fails to meet the identified housing need in Barnet, contrary to the requirements of the NPPF; Policy 3.8 of the London Plan (2016); and Policies CS4 and DM08 of the Barnet Local Plan Core Strategy (2012) and Development Management Policies (2012).
4. In the absence of a Section 106 Agreement, the application does not include a formal undertaking to enable an amendment to the Traffic Regulations Order and to secure the planning obligations which are necessary to make the application acceptable. The application is therefore contrary to the NPPF; London Plan Policies 3.6, 3.12, 3.13, 4.3, 4.12, 5.2, 6.3, 6.9, 6.10, 7.19, 7.21, 8.2; Policies DM02, DM04, DM10, DM14, DM16, DM17; and Policies CS4, CS7, CS8, CS9, CS15 of the Development Management Policies (2012); Barnet Local Plan Core Strategy (2012); the Barnet Planning Obligations (adopted April 2013); Affordable Housing (adopted February 2007 and August 2010) Supplementary Planning Document; the Barnet Supplementary Planning Document on Delivering Skills, Employment and Enterprise Training (SEET) (adopted October 2014); and the Mayor’s Supplementary Planning Guidance on Affordable Housing and Viability (2017).


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News

5th August 2020
A newsletter, dated 5th August, has been emailed to campaign supporters.

SNB Newsletter 5 August 2020


17th June 2020
New Barnet Community Association have submitted a second letter of opposition to the Victoria Quarter planning application following the late disclosure of additional information. The SNB team have long been requesting to see the pre application advice given by Barnet Council's planners to the developers, Fairview. One solitary document was finally released to us during the afternoon of 16 June 2020.

NBCA Second Objection Letter 17 June 2020

NBCA Second Objection Letter - 2 page pdf


14th June 2020
A newsletter, dated 14th June, has been emailed to campaign supporters.

SNB Newsletter 14 June 2020


12th June 2020
New Barnet Community Association and the Save New Barnet Campaign have submitted their formal objection to Barnet Council's planning department regarding the Fairview/One Housing proposals (20/1719/FUL) for the Victoria Quarter development of 652 flats on the gasworks site.

NBCA Objection Letter 12 June 2020 SNB Official Response 12 June 2020 SNB Appraisal of Design 12 June 2020

NBCA Objection Letter - 3 page pdf
SNB Official Response - 22 page pdf
SNB Appraisal of Design - 29 page pdf


3rd June 2020
A newsletter, dated 3rd June, has been emailed to campaign supporters.

SNB Newsletter 3 June 2020


19th May 2020
A newsletter, dated 19th May, has been emailed to campaign supporters.

SNB Newsletter 19 May 2020


29th April 2020
A newsletter, dated 29th April, has been emailed to campaign supporters.


17th April 2020
A planning application has been submitted by Fairview New Homes to build 652 flats on the former gasworks site in Albert Road (Victoria Quarter).

20/1719/FUL | Redevelopment of the site to provide 652 residential units (Use Class C3) within 14 buildings ranging from 1 to 10 storeys and a single storey Plaza Kiosk building, with 327.6sqm of retail/commercial space and 111.3sqm of community space (Use Class A1/A2/A3/A4/B1/D1/D2) at ground floor; new public realm with communal landscaped amenity areas; alterations and additions to existing highways arrangements plus the removal of existing elevated footbridge and creation of new pedestrian routes; 392 car parking spaces (including car club and accessible provision) with basement and surface level provision; secure cycle parking; servicing and other associated development | Land Formerly Known As British Gas Works Albert Road New Barnet Barnet EN4 9SH

The deadline for public comments to Barnet Council is Thursday 14th May 2020.

Link to application (20/1719/FUL) on Barnet Council's planning website tinyurl.com/vqappapr2020


22nd March 2020
The Save New Barnet campaign have put together a short online survey to better find out what the local community currently think about developments in the area. It should only take a few minutes to complete. The data generated by this survey will help guide our response to the Victoria Quarter plans. Once you have completed the survey, please encourage your friends and neighbours in New Barnet to do so too.

https://surveyhero.com/c/VictoriaQuarter


22nd March 2020
The East Barnet Herald have published an article about the proposed Victoria Quarter development in their April May 2020 issue.

East Barnet Herald April May 2020 page 1East Barnet Herald April May 2020 page 8

Download a pdf copy of the magazine here: http://www.stmarys-eastbarnet.org.uk/?page_id=682


18th March 2020
A newsletter, dated 18th March, has been emailed to campaign supporters.


11th March 2020
Exhibition CANCELLED
Late on Wednesday afternoon, the Victoria Quarter Project Team emailed out the following information:
"As you will be aware, Fairview New Homes and One Housing are currently holding another round of public consultation on our updated proposals for the redevelopment of Victoria Quarter, New Barnet. However, we regret to inform you that we have had to cancel our planned public exhibitions at St Margaret’s Nursery School as part of this consultation.
This was a difficult decision for us to make. However, the health, safety and wellbeing of our event attendees and staff is always our first priority. Due to ongoing concerns about the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) through public gatherings, we have taken the difficult decision to cancel our exhibitions on this occasion.
All of the information which we had planned to present at the exhibitions will still be made available via our project website www.victoriaquarter.consultationonline.co.uk shortly, where an electronic version of the feedback form will also be available. If you have any further questions you can still contact the project team via feedback@consultation-online.co.uk or 0800 298 7040.
Consultation packs including hard copies of the exhibition boards, feedback form and freepost envelopes will still be made available to collect from St Margaret’s Nursery School on Thursday 12th March from 5pm-8:30pm and Saturday 14th March from 11am-2pm.
We would encourage you to still take the opportunity to review the information available as part of this public consultation, and provide comments and feedback before we submit a planning application to Barnet Council."


9th March 2020
A newsletter, dated 9th March, has been emailed to campaign supporters.


27th February 2020
Fairview New Homes and One Housing have distributed a leaflet inviting residents to a second public exhibition about their proposals for the Victoria Quarter (former gas works) site in New Barnet. They intend to display detailed designs, and the changes made following the first round of consultation in January.

Fairview New Homes and One Housing victoria quarter second public exhibition invitation pdf

The exhibition is being held at St Margaret's Nursery School, Margaret Road, Barnet, EN4 9NT

  • Thursday 12th March 2020 from 5.00pm - 8.30pm
  • Saturday 14th March 2020 from 11.00am - 2.00pm

Contact details for the Fairview / One Housing project team:
Phone: 0800 298 7040
Email: feedback@consultation-online.co.uk
Web: www.victoriaquarter.consultationonline.co.uk


26th January 2020
A newsletter, dated 26th January, has been emailed to campaign supporters.


14th January 2020
The display boards from the Fairview New Homes and One Housing exhibition at St Margaret's Nursery are now online at www.victoriaquarter.consultationonline.co.uk


14th January 2020
A newsletter, dated 14th January, has been emailed to campaign supporters.


12th January 2020
A newsletter, dated 12th January, has been emailed to campaign supporters.


2nd January 2020
Fairview New Homes and One Housing have distributed a leaflet inviting residents to a public exhibition about propsals for the Victoria Quarter (former gas works) site in New Barnet

Fairview New Homes and One Housing victoria quarter public exhibition invitation pdf

The exhibition is being held at St Margaret's Nursery School, Margaret Road, Barnet, EN4 9NT

  • Tuesday 14th January 2020 from 5.00pm - 8.30pm
  • Wednesday 15th January 2020 from 5.00pm - 8.30pm

Contact details for the Fairview / One Housing project team:
Phone: 0800 298 7040
Email: feedback@consultation-online.co.uk
Web: www.victoriaquarter.consultationonline.co.uk


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Background to the Save New Barnet Campaign


In January 2008, Tesco announced plans for a 'Town Centre Regeneration Scheme' in New Barnet. This was in addition to ASDA's long expected development plans at the neighbouring gasworks site in Albert Road. The Save New Barnet Campaign was formed in response to these development plans.

In addition to these plans for two major supermarket developments, Tesco also had permission for a Tesco Express store in front of the gasworks site on Victoria Road.

The campaign organised a number of events and commissioned research into local opinion. A Vision For New Barnet suggests what the local residents would like to see happen to improve New Barnet.

Thankfully we were able to sucessfully oppose the building of two huge superstores with tall blocks of flats above, however the fight to resist inappropriate over development of sites in New Barnet continues.

On this website you will find an archive of documents, including press coverage, related to the planned development schemes. The latest info is on the news page and the action section contains contacts to express your opinion.

New Barnet Town Centre Framework

Consultants working on behalf of Barnet Council drew up outline proposals for the future of the main shopping area in New Barnet during 2009. Public consultation on a draft version of the document took place during February and March 2010.

A final version was approved by Barnet Council on 29th November 2010. It is available for downloaded from the Council's website.

Alternative Plan for the Gasworks Site

Despite ASDA and Tesco's attempts to brand us as a bunch of "NIMBYs", the Save New Barnet Campaign is far from "anti-development". Indeed, we're keener than most to see redundant sites in our local area brought back into use. However, we are determined to oppose any development which is inappropriate in terms of scale, design and use. After all, it is us and our community that will have to live with the effects of these projects long after the developers have moved on.

The kind of large-scale, multi-storey development that ASDA and Tesco are proposing is grossly inappropriate in a largely residential suburb like New Barnet, which is characterised by two or three storey buildings on a Victorian and Edwardian road network, and within a few hundred metres of the Green Belt.

We also know that it's not what local people want, because we've spent the last year asking their opinion for our community's "Vision For New Barnet". Amongst the hundreds of views, two things that came up again and again were "family houses" and "leisure facilities".

So, using the "Vision" as a guide, we commissioned some local architects to propose an alternative solution for the derelict gasworks site. The result is an inspiring plan that is grounded in commercial reality, but which makes the most of the site's potential and meets the real needs of our local community.


Take a look at the alternative plans: (click pictures to enlarge)

Integrated Development and Park Master Plan
Integrated Development and Park Master Plan
Integrated Development and Park Master Plan
Integrated Development and Park Master Plan

  • 83 three storey three- and four-bed houses
  • 45 three storey one- and two-bed flats
  • Pedestrian-friendly residential streets
  • 33 metre swimming pool with training pool and outdoor paddling/wet play area
  • Leisure centre with youth club facilities
  • Site fully integrated with an upgraded Victoria Recreation Ground
  • 'Unzipping' (opening up) the two brooks which flow through the site
  • 800-1000 sq. m. retail space in mixed use area (the amount recommended in three separate studies commissioned by Barnet Council, ASDA and Tesco)
  • Better links with East Barnet Road

pdfIntegrated Development and Park Master Plan [188K pdf] - Mar 2009

Save New Barnet Campaign is a non-political group of local residents fighting for a better New Barnet. The group seeks to inform the local community about potential changes to the area, and oppose inappropriate developments. The group aims to promote a clear vision for how New Barnet could be developed for the benefit of the community based on the views of local people.


The Save New Barnet campaign is funded entirely by donations from individuals. It is not bankrolled by any company or commercial organisation.