Keeping watch on developments in New Barnet


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

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

28th August 2019
A newsletter, dated 28th August, has been emailed to campaign supporters.

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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.