Keeping watch on developments in New Barnet


2021 Planning Application for Gasworks Site - 21/3676/FUL

Fairview New Homes and One Housing submitted a planning application to build 544 flats on the former gasworks site in Albert Road (Victoria Quarter) in July 2021. After a number of time extensions, public consultation ended on 30th September 2021.

UPDATE - Fairview New Homes and One Housing submitted a series of revisions to their Victoria Quarter planning application in November 2021. The 43 new and revised documents are available to view on Barnet Council's planning website.
The amendments consist of:

  • Removal of one floor of the tallest block, reducing the total number of flats by five to 539.
  • Modification of brick parapets from horizontal to angled on some elevations.

Public consultation has been reopened for three weeks, up until Thursday 2nd December 2021.
We have it in writing from the planners that the deadline for public comments has been extended to Thursday 16th December 2021 due to the late notice given.

Link to application details (21/3676/FUL) on Barnet Council's planning website: tinyurl.com/vqjuly2021

Details of how to make representations to the planning department are in our newsletters.

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28th November 2021
A newsletter, dated 28th November, has been emailed to campaign supporters. It contains information about the amendments Fairview and One Housing have made to their planning application for Victoria Quarter (former gas works).

SNB Newsletter 28 November 2021


26th September 2021
A newsletter, dated 26th September, has been emailed to campaign supporters. It contains information about the SNB team's updated response to the Fairview and One Housing planning application for the Victoria Quarter (former gas works), and the public comments deadline of 30th September.

SNB Newsletter 26 September 2021


23rd September 2021
Following the late submission of documents to Barnet Council by Fairview and One Housing, the Save New Barnet Campaign Team have updated their response to the proposals (21/3676/FUL) for the Victoria Quarter development of 544 flats on the gasworks site.

SNB Official Response 21 September 2021 SNB Design Appraisal 21 September 2021 SNB Design Appraisal 31 August 2021 Appendix 1 ../news/SNB Design Appraisal 31 August 2021 Appendix 2 SNB Design Appraisal 31 August 2021 Appendix 3 SNB Design Appraisal 31 August 2021 Appendix 3

SNB Official Response - 33 page pdf
SNB Design Appraisal - 34 page pdf
SNB Design Appraisal Appendix 1 - 3 page pdf
SNB Design Appraisal Appendix 2 - 7 page pdf
SNB Design Appraisal Appendix 3 - 3 page pdf
SNB Design Appraisal Appendix 4 - 16 page pdf

31st August 2021
The Save New Barnet Campaign Team have compiled their response to the current Fairview and One Housing proposals (21/3676/FUL) for the Victoria Quarter development of 544 flats on the gasworks site.

SNB Official Response 31 August 2021 SNB Design Appraisal 31 August 2021 SNB Design Appraisal 31 August 2021 Appendix 1 SNB Design Appraisal 31 August 2021 Appendix 2 SNB Design Appraisal 31 August 2021 Appendix 3

SNB Official Response - 25 page pdf
SNB Design Appraisal - 32 page pdf
SNB Design Appraisal Appendix 1 - 3 page pdf
SNB Design Appraisal Appendix 2 - 7 page pdf
SNB Design Appraisal Appendix 3 - 3 page pdf

31st August 2021
A newsletter, dated 31st August, has been emailed to campaign supporters. It contains details of the SNB team's official response to the Fairview and One Housing planning application for the Victoria Quarter (former gas works), and a public comments deadline extension to 16th September.

SNB Newsletter 31 August 2021


17th August 2021
A newsletter, dated 17th August, has been emailed to campaign supporters. It contains reminders of how to comment on the Fairview and One Housing planning application for the Victoria Quarter (former gas works) before the 1st September response deadline.

SNB Newsletter 17 August 2021


4th August 2021
A newsletter, dated 4th August, has been emailed to campaign supporters. It includes details of how to comment on the Fairview and One Housing planning application for the Victoria Quarter (former gas works) site, and reasons for objection.

SNB Newsletter 4 August 2021


23rd July 2021
Fairview New Homes and One Housing are distributing a leaflet to residents in support of their planning application to build 544 flats on the Victoria Quarter (former gas works) site.

Fairview New Homes and One Housing victoria quarter planning application submitted leaflet pdf


21st July 2021
Fairview New Homes and One Housing have submitted a planning application to Barnet Council to build 544 flats on the Victoria Quarter (former gas works) site in Albert Road, New Barnet.

21/3676/FUL | Redevelopment of the site to provide 544 residential units (Use Class C3) within 13 buildings ranging from 4 to 8 storeys, with 267.1sqm of retail/commercial space and 112.7sqm of community space (Use Class E and F) 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, 334 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 Wednesday 1st September 2021.

Link to application (21/3676/FUL) on Barnet Council's planning website tinyurl.com/vqjuly2021


20th June 2021
A newsletter, dated 20th June, has been emailed to campaign supporters. It includes details of our Alternative Concept Scheme for the gasworks site.

SNB Newsletter 20 June 2021 SNB Alternative Concept Scheme for Victoria Quarter


SNB video presentation about our Alternative Concept Scheme for Victoria Quarter



16th June 2021
Fairview New Homes and One Housing are inviting residents to second round of online public consultation over their latest proposals for the Victoria Quarter (former gas works) site in New Barnet, before they submit a formal planning application in July.

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

The consultation period will run from Thur 17 June to midday Wed 30 June 2021 when a virtual exhibition will be available at www.victoriaquarter.consultationonline.co.uk


They are also holding a single webinar on Mon 21 June from 6pm to 7pm when they will present their revised proposals. You will need to register in advance to take part in the webinar and submit questions for a Q&A.


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


30th March 2021
A newsletter, dated 30th March, has been emailed to campaign supporters.

SNB Newsletter 30 March 2021


26th March 2021
Fairview New Homes and One Housing are distributing a leaflet inviting residents to an online public consultation on revised proposals for the Victoria Quarter (former gas works) site in New Barnet.

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

The consultation period will run from Mon 29 March to Mon 12 April 2021 when a virtual exhibition will be available at www.victoriaquarter.consultationonline.co.uk


They are also holding a webinar on Wed 7 April from 6pm to 7pm when they will present their revised proposals. You will need to register in advance to take part in the webinar and submit questions for a Q&A.


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



Previous news headlines are archived on the news page.


2020 Planning Application for Gasworks Site - REFUSED

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 1:

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).


UPDATE 3:

Fairview's planning application was referred to the Mayor of London on 26 November 2020 for final determination. The Mayor has until 9th December 2020 to decide whether to allow Barnet's refusal to stand, or to take over the planning application himself. Details in the 1st December 2020 SNB Newsletter.


UPDATE 4:

On 7th December 2020 the Mayor of London made the decision to overrule his own officers report and instead follow Barnet's planning committee to refuse Fairview's Victoria Quarter scheme. The developers can still appeal to the Secretary of State. Details of the Mayor's decision on the GLA website.


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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.