Plans for a controversial new development site near a university campus are one step closer to being a reality.
Planning applications for the new Hendon Hub development that will provide a series of new buildings and homes for key workers, young adults and accommodation for Middlesex University students have been submitted to the local planning authority.
It comes after much opposition, including London Assembly Member for Barnet and Camden Andrew Dismore who claimed the consultation was handled “very badly” and the council failed to undertake “real engagement”.
Hendon MP Matthew Offord stated that he was concerned that the scale of the proposals will impact Hendon’s historical buildings.
He previously said: “I have serious reservations about the scale of these proposals in what is essentially a residential area, parts of which are designated conservation areas.”
However the council believes that the new buildings will “complement and not consume” existing historical buildings in the area – despite its backlash.
Decisions on the submitted plans are expected to be taken later this year.
The scheme will also establish a new public library and relocate the PDSA Pet Hospital.
Cllr Dan Thomas, leader of Barnet Council, said: “Making these planning applications brings us a big step further towards starting work on the Hendon Hub.
“The development will benefit residents and communities based in Hendon, and draw much-needed investment to improve public spaces and university facilities that will be available for all to use.”
He continued: “Plans for Hendon Hub have been carefully and sympathetically designed by Barnet Council in partnership with Middlesex University.
“We have sought opinions of residents through an extensive public consultation earlier this year. We now invite residents to have their say on detailed plans as part of the…
Source : times