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April Campaign Newsletter

23rd April 2014

A newsletter, dated 23rd April, has been emailed to campaign supporters.

Albert Road Gasworks Exhibition Boards

2nd April 2014
Display boards from the second public exhibition of plans for a residential development are available as a pdf download from the developer's website.

Albert Road Gasworks masterplan 2nd April 2014

Follow Up Public Exhibition

22nd March 2014
Developers distribute a leaflet inviting residents to a follow up exhibition of plans for residential development of the gasworks site.
ASDA public exhibition leaflet 22nd March 2014
The exhibition is being held at St James Church, 71 East Barnet Road, New Barnet, EN4 8RN

  • Wednesday 2nd April 2014 from 4pm - 8pm
  • Saturday 5th April 2014 from 10am - 2pm

Albert Road Gasworks Website

15th February 2014
Developers working on behalf of ASDA (owners of the gasworks site) have launched a website about their plans for a residential development.

Albert Road Gasworks website 15th February 2014

February Campaign Newsletter

9th February 2014

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

Public Exhibition by ASDA

5th February 2014
ASDA distribute a leaflet inviting residents to an exhibition of plans for residential development of the gasworks site.
ASDA public exhibition leaflet 5th February 2014
The exhibition is being held at St James Church, 71 East Barnet Road, New Barnet, EN4 8RN

  • Wednesday 12th February 2014 from 4pm - 8pm
  • Saturday 15th February 2014 from 10am - 2pm

April Campaign Newsletter

17th April 2013

A newsletter, dated 17th April, has been emailed to campaign supporters.

'New Barnet Project' Website

19th January 2013

Spen Hill have launched a 'New Barnet Project' website which includes artists impressions of their residential development plans.

Spen Hill Press Advert

17th January 2013

Spen Hill publish an advert in the Barnet Press & Barnet Times, inviting residents to an exhibition of plans for residential development of the OpTex site.
Spen Hill Press Advert 17th January 2013

Public Exhibition by Spen Hill

16th January 2013

Spen Hill Developments Ltd (a wholly owned subsidiary of Tesco) are holding an exhibition of their plans for residential development on three sites in New Barnet - OpTex site in Victoria Road, 15 East Barnet Road, and 7-11 Victoria Road.
The exhibition is being held at the Salvation Army Hall, Albert Road, New Barnet, EN4 9SH

  • Wednesday 23rd January 2013 from 12-8pm
  • Thursday 24th January 2013 from 12-8pm

January Campaign Newsletter

15th January 2013

A newsletter, dated 15th January, has been emailed to campaign supporters.

October Campaign Newsletter

14th October 2012

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

Spen Hill Leaflet

11th October 2012

Spen Hill have delivered a leaflet to houses surrounding the OpTex site advising of forthcoming demolition work.
Spen Hill Leaflet 11th October 2012

March Campaign Newsletter

14th March 2012

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

January Campaign Newsletter

29th January 2012

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

Local Press Coverage

2nd December 2010

New Barnet Town Centre Framework:

Barnet Times Article 2nd December 2010

December Campaign Newsletter

1st December 2010

A newsletter, dated 1st December, has been emailed to campaign supporters.

JCoSS Local Residents Liaison Group

25th October 2010

The 'JCoSS Local Residents Liaison Group' set up by Cllr Robert Rams met for the first time on 20th July 2010. The minutes of that meeting have finally been published on the JCoSS website.

October Campaign Newsletter

19th October 2010

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

September Campaign Newsletter

2nd September 2010

A newsletter, dated 2nd September, has been emailed to campaign supporters.

July Campaign Newsletter

19th July 2010

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

May Campaign Newsletter

25th May 2010

A newsletter, dated 25th May, has been emailed to campaign supporters.

Local Election Results

7th May 2010

Three charts showing the local election results for East Barnet, High Barnet & Oakleigh Wards.

April Campaign Newsletter

21st April 2010

A newsletter, dated 21st April, has been emailed to campaign supporters.

March Campaign Newsletter

18th March 2010

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

Local Press Coverage

11th March 2010

New Barnet Town Centre Framework Consultation:

Barnet Press Article 11th March 2010

March Campaign Newsletter

8th March 2010

A newsletter, dated 8th March, has been emailed to campaign supporters. This contains details of the 'New Barnet Town Centre Framework' consultation and how you can best respond.

February Campaign Newsletter

22nd February 2010

A newsletter, dated 22nd February, has been emailed to campaign supporters.

Mid February Update

17th February 2010

The following update has been emailed to campaign supporters.

Gas Compensation Surgery
Following last week's public meeting about the loss of gas supply, National Grid have announced that they are to hold surgery sessions to resolve compensation queries.
Representatives of National Grid and Veolia Water will be available at East Barnet Baptist Church, Crescent Road, East Barnet Village at the following times:
- Thursday 18th February from 8 am to 8 pm
- Friday 19th February from 8 am to 8 pm
- Saturday 20th February from 8 am to noon
This information comes from a 'letter to residents' dated 15th February. A copy of the letter and links to media coverage of the power crisis can be found here: www.newbarnet.org.uk/issues/powercrisisdec09.php

New Barnet Development Strategy
The Campaign Team have just been informed that the long anticipated "New Barnet Town Centre Framework" will finally be published on Monday 22nd February. We understand that it contains a number of alternative development options for New Barnet. An exhibition of the plans will be held locally next week. The document will be downloadable from the council website, with printed copies available to read in libraries. A four week consultation period will allow the public to express their opinions on the options.
As soon as we have confirmed all the details we will let you know. Look out for further emails!

Chipping Barnet Residents Forum
Barnet Council is holding another of its public meetings to enable residents to ask questions to a panel of councillors and officers:
- 6.30 pm Tuesday 23rd February
- North London Business Park, Oakleigh Road South, London, N11 1NP
Despite the slightly misleading name (it refers to the parliamentary constituency), the Chipping Barnet Forum also covers New Barnet issues.
Details of residents forum meetings can be found here:
www.newbarnet.org.uk/action/residentsforum.php

February Campaign Newsletter

8th February 2010

A newsletter, dated 8th February, has been emailed to campaign supporters.

Power Crisis - Public Meeting

10th February 2010

Following the loss of gas in December 2009, a group of East & New Barnet residents have set up an action group. They will be holding a public meeting at 7.30pm on Wednesday 10th February at New Barnet Community Centre, 48/50 Victoria Road, New Barnet.

All residents who were affected by the gas cut off are invited to attend. Theresa Villiers MP and representatives of National Grid intend to be present.

January Campaign Newsletter

5th January 2010

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

Local Development Framework (LDF)

4th December 2009

The Save New Barnet Campaign have produced a template letter to enable local residents to easily respond to Barnet Council's "Local Development Framework - Core Strategy - Direction of Travel" document.

pdfLDF Template Letter [46K pdf] - Dec 2009

word documentLDF Template Letter [22K doc] - Dec 2009

More details are in the SNB newsletter, dated 4th December, which has been emailed to campaign supporters.

pdfSave New Barnet Newsletter [69K pdf] - 4 Dec 2009

The closing date for submission of public responses to the LDF consultation is 4th January 2010.

November Campaign Newsletter

22nd November 2009

A newsletter, dated 22nd November, has been emailed to campaign supporters.

Speech by CABE Chair

17th November 2009

In a major speech at Tate Modern, the outgoing chair of the Commission for Architecture and the Build Environment (CABE) spoke about the problems of retail led redevelopment of town centres. Sir John Sorrell said "Our concern is not only the quality of this kind of development which is generally very poor but the way in which architecture and places are created in the image of the retailer". He specifically mentioned New Barnet, stating "both Asda and Tesco are pushing weak schemes here against strong local opposition", and that "the Asda scheme fails on every level: it's car focussed and architecturally confused with poor housing tacked on".

Local Development Framework (LDF)

9th November 2009

Barnet Council have now opened their public consultation on the borough wide "Local Development Framework - Core Strategy - Direction of Travel" document. The closing date for submission of public responses to the LDF consultation is 4th January 2010.

ASDA Advert judged 'misleading'

4th November 2009

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) have published a judgement on an ASDA advert promoting their New Barnet planning application.

In late May, ASDA published a four page advert as a 'wraparound' on the Barnet Times. (It appeared a few days before ASDA carried out an extensive local phone survey, but interestingly the results of that poll have never been published.) A local resident made a complaint to the ASA about the claims made in the newspaper advert.
In a recently published judgement, ASDA was found to have breached the 'truthfulness' and 'substantiation' clauses of the advertising code. The ASA have ruled that ASDA's misleading map of supermarket sites in New Barnet must not be used in advertising material again.

October Campaign Newsletter

28th October 2009

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

Local Press Coverage

2nd July 2009

Withdrawal of ASDA planning application is covered by both local papers:

Barnet Times - "Asda backs out - for now"

Barnet Press - "Asda plans withdrawn at 11th hour before vote"

Barnet Times Article 2nd July 2009 Barnet Press Article 2nd July 2009

ASDA Planning Application Withdrawn

30th June 2009

The Save New Barnet Campaign was advised late on Tuesday 30th June that ASDA had WITHDRAWN their planning application for the gasworks site. Therefore the ASDA application will NOT be on the agenda at Barnet Council's Planning & Environment Committee taking place on Wednesday 1st July.

June Campaign Newsletter

28th June 2009

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

Planning Committee Meeting

20th June 2009

The proposed ASDA development will go before Barnet's Planning & Environment Committee on Wednesday 1st July 2009 for Councillors to make their decision.

The Planning Officers Report recommends that Councillors should vote to REFUSE the application.

June Campaign Newsletter

16th June 2009

A newsletter, dated 16th June, has been emailed to campaign supporters.

Local Press Coverage

11th June 2009

CABE design review is covered by both local papers:

Barnet Times - "New Barnet supermarket plans 'fundamentally flawed'"

Barnet Press - "Asda's 'flawed' new store plan"

Barnet Times Article 11th June 2009 Barnet Press Article 11th June 2009

CABE Report

2nd June 2009

The Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment have published a design review on the ASDA planning application.
East Barnet Gas Works, Barnet
The report concludes that the proposed scheme is fundamentally flawed and should be refused planning permission.

BBC London News

20th May 2009

The Save New Barnet Campaign was featured in BBC London News reports on BBC1 all day on Wednesday 20th May.

Objections still mounting up

17th May 2009

Barnet Council have now received a total of 1,720 objections to ASDA'a planning application from local residents. And 15 people have written in favour.

1714 objections to B/00200/09 and 6 objections to B/0200/09 (the wrong reference number given on Barnet's official notification letter to residents)

Petition Presentation

16th May 2009

The Save New Barnet petition containing 2,556 signatures was presented to Robert Rams (Councillor for East Barnet Ward) and Theresa Villiers (MP for Chipping Barnet) at the gasworks site on Saturday 16th May.

David Howard presents the petition to Cllr Robert Rams and Theresa Villiers MP - 16 May 2009

Objections continue to mount up

9th May 2009

Barnet Council have now received a total of 1,697 objections to ASDA'a planning application from local residents. And 15 people have written in favour.

1691 objections to B/00200/09 and 6 objections to B/0200/09 (the wrong reference number given on Barnet's official notification letter to residents)

Local Press Coverage

7th May 2009

Revised Tesco proposals are covered by both local papers:

Barnet Times - "Battle of the giants for right to open up"

Barnet Press - "Residents remain cautious as Tesco scales down plans"

Barnet Times Article 7th May 2009 Barnet Press Article 7th May 2009

May Campaign Newsletter

6th May 2009

A newsletter, dated 6th May, has been emailed to campaign supporters.

New Tesco Proposals

5th May 2009

Tesco have written a letter to the local press and councillors announcing new smaller proposals for their 'regeneration' site.

Objections mount up

5th May 2009

Barnet Council have received a total of 1,485 objections to ASDA'a planning application from local residents. And 15 people have written in favour.

(1479 objections to B/00200/09 and 6 objections to B/0200/09 - the wrong reference number given on Barnet's official notification)

GLA Report

4th May 2009

The Greater London Authority have published a report on the ASDA planning application:
Planning Report PDU/1459/01
The report contains a detailed analysis of the scheme and concludes that the planning application does not comply with the London Plan.

April Campaign Newsletter

24th April 2009

A newsletter, dated 24th April, has been emailed to campaign supporters.

Huge Volume of Objections

19th April 2009

Barnet Council have received over 1,000 objections to ASDA'a planning application.

Tesco Express Approved

7th April 2009

The inspector has published his decision on Tesco's appeal to the planning inspectorate. Following the inquiry held on 17th - 18th March 2009, he has ruled that planning permission should be granted to build a Tesco Express at 7-11 Victoria Road.

April Campaign Newsletter

5th April 2009

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

Video Of Public Meeting

26th March 2009

A video recording of the public meeting held on 19th March 2009 can be viewed online as a series of thirteen 10 minute clips.

March Campaign Newsletter

24th March 2009

A newsletter, dated 24th March, has been emailed to campaign supporters.

Public Meeting

19th March 2009

A Public Meeting was held on Thursday 19th March 2009 at St James' Church to debate the current ASDA planning application. The local MP, councillors, a planning officer, Save New Barnet campaign team and 170 local residents attended. ASDA refused their invitation to attend to explain their plans and answer questions.

Local Press Coverage

12th March 2009

Reaction to ASDA planning application in local paper:

Barnet Press - "Residents condemn planning bids for two supermarkets"

Barnet Press Article 12th March 2009

March Campaign Newsletter

10th March 2009

A newsletter, dated 10th March, has been emailed to campaign supporters.

Local Press Coverage

5th March 2009

ASDA application is covered by both local papers:

Barnet Times - "Supermarket is a nightmare" (front page)

Barnet Press - "Application is submitted for New Barnet Asda"

Barnet Times Article 5th March 2009 Barnet Press Article 5th March 2009

February Campaign Newsletter

27th February 2009

A newsletter, dated 27th February, has been emailed to campaign supporters.

New ASDA application registered

24th February 2009

A new planning application from ASDA has been registered by Barnet Council. Public comments must be submitted by 1st April 2009.

Tesco Respond to Open Letter

9th February 2009

Tesco have sent a letter to New Barnet Community Association. This is in response to an open letter sent by NBCA on the 1st anniversary of Tesco's appearance in New Barnet.

Campaign Publicity

9th February 2009

A superstore update leaflet has been delivered to homes in the area surrounding the proposed development sites by Save New Barnet Campaign volunteers.

Tesco Express Planning Inquiry

30th January 2009

The dates of the planning inquiry for the second Tesco Express application have been announced.

It will take place on 17th March 2009 starting at 10 am at Barnet House, Whetstone, and is scheduled to last for 2 days.

Cameras in Victoria Road & Margaret Road

30th November 2008

16 temporary CCTV traffic survey cameras appeared on the pavements of Victoria Road and Margaret Road between 27th & 29th November 2008.

It is believed that the cameras were connected with the third planning application for a Tesco Express at 7-11 Victoria Road.

Tesco Express 3rd Planning Application

27th November 2008

A 3rd planning application for a Tesco Express at 7-11 Victoria Road was submitted on 5th November. The deadline for comments to the planning department is 4th December 2008.

Local Attitudes To Proposed Superstore Developments

21st November 2008

A copy of the Research Report into local attitudes to proposed superstore developments has been emailed to campaign supporters.

Tesco Express 2nd Planning Application

18th November 2008

At the Chipping Barnet Planning Committee, the 2nd application for a Tesco Express at 7-11 Victoria Road was REFUSED. However as Tesco had already appealed for non determination, the final decision is in the hands of the planning inspector at a future enquiry.

November Campaign Newsletter

17th November 2008

A newsletter, dated 17th November, has been emailed to campaign supporters.

Further Tesco Publicity

24th October 2008

After being very quiet since their public exhibition in June, Tesco returned to the area to distribute a leaflet titled 'New Barnet, new centre'.

October Campaign Newsletter

2nd October 2008

A newsletter, dated 2nd October, has been emailed to campaign supporters.

Show Your Support

1st October 2008

Download and print a poster to display in your window.

No Tesco No Asda Poster No Tesco Poster A4 No Asda Poster A4

A selection of posters are available from the publicity section.

Linden Homes Out?

29th September 2008

The property trade press report that Linden Homes have withdrawn from the ASDA development.

Demolished!

25th September 2008

The Tesco Scheme may look slick, but what are the consequences for the local shops and businesses that currently occupy the site?

Demolished Presentation

Take a look at this presentation created for our community consultation event held on 19th July 2008.

ASDA Planning Application

27 August 2008

ASDA issued a press release to announce the submission of a planning application for the gas works site.

A Vision For New Barnet

18th August 2008

Following the Community Consultation event, the Vision For New Barnet document has been updated.

Community Consultation

4th August 2008

The Save New Barnet Campaign held a community consultation event at New Barnet Community Centre on 19th July 2008. It was attended by around 250 local residents. There were displays about both the Tesco and ASDA proposals and the campaign's "Vision For New Barnet". Comments and suggestions were collected.

Visitors were invited to complete a Survey, also available online.

Save New Barnet Campaign Launched

2nd July 2008

The Save New Barnet Campaign was launched with the following message:

Save New Barnet from superstore suffocation

say NO to the destruction of the heart of New Barnet

say NO to traffic gridlock, noise & pollution

say NO to squeezing out independent shops & businesses

say NO to hundreds more flats

say NO to a characterless 'Tescoville' or 'Asda Anytown'

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