Thursday, 07 November 2019 19:36

Scaled back plans for Barnet station development Featured

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The station square and community hub and new convenience store in the block of flats to be built alongside the existing approach road The station square and community hub and new convenience store in the block of flats to be built alongside the existing approach road
Mature trees are to be kept and the multi-storey blocks of flats to be built around High Barnet tube station have been reduced in height, but there is still to be a drastic reduction in the number of car parking spaces.

Revised plans for the redevelopment of the station site were unveiled by Transport for London and developers Taylor Wimpey at an exhibition in the station car park (that continues until Saturday 9 November).

In response to objections made after a consultation in June, the proposed development has been scaled back and plans for multi-storey blocks of flats fronting on to the junction of Barnet Hill and Meadway have been abandoned.

The latest plan proposes:

  • Construction of up to 300 new homes, instead of up to 450 as previously proposed.
  • Six blocks of flats instead of eight, and their height would be reduced to six to seven storeys high instead of ten to twelve.
  • The existing 159 car parking spaces would be reduced to 32. This would comprise five drop-off spaces and 27 spaces for long term parking of which six would be for blue badge users.
  • The existing approach road would continue to provide access for vehicles but would become one way and continue through the development, exiting on Barnet Hill, nearer Underhill.
  • The incline of the footpath beside the approach road would be reduced so that it was “wheelchair compatible” and the bus stop near the top of Barnet Hill would be moved 85 metres nearer the pedestrian crossing.
  • Instead of a block of flats on either side of the pedestrian footpath leading to the station from the junction of Barnet Hill and Meadway there would be an improved walkway. 100 trees would be planted, in addition to the existing 200 mature trees.
  • There would be a new “square and community hub” in front of the station which would offer a flexible workspace-café with fast broadband. The block of flats nearest to the station would include a convenience store.

The revised plan re-affirms that 40 per cent of the new homes would affordable – “affordable rent” and “shared ownership” homes. Just over half the homes would be family homes – two bed and four person and three bed and five person homes.

In justifying the cut in parking space, TFL says this will reduce the number of vehicle trips to the station by 68,000 a year – reducing “noise, congestion and emissions, and improve air quality”.

To prevent commuters parking in streets near the station, TFL is to consult Barnet Council on the introduction of CPZ controls to roads around Underhill, Meadway, Potters Close, Leicester Road and Station Road.

To encourage cycling, 50 covered spaces will be provided for cyclists.

No one has had the courtesy to tell us how the future of our business might be affected, but we have been on the station yard site since 1990 and employ 100 workers locally

Altogether, the development will provide over two acres of green and landscaped space and new habitat boxes will be installed for birds and bats.

TFL insists the redevelopment will have economic benefits. The proposed community hub and convenience store would support 18 jobs.

An aerial view of the developmentAn aerial view of the development

During construction, over 200 people would be employed on the site and TFL and Taylor Wimpey undertake to provide up to ten apprenticeship opportunities and between 15 and 20 local jobs.

Among the residents and business people attending the exhibition was David Eaves, managing director of JDC Scaffolding, one of the companies that will be displaced if construction goes ahead in the land currently occupied by storage and container yards.

Mr Eaves complained that TFL had failed to make contact with the company and explain how their lease might be affected.

“We just picked up the news of this exhibition. No one has had the courtesy to tell us how the future of our business might be affected, but we have been on the station yard site since 1990 and employ 100 workers locally.”

Theresa Villiers, MP for Chipping Barnet, has repeated her opposition to the proposed development.

“The changes made by TFL don’t go nearly far enough to alleviate concerns of local residents. This still means almost no parking space at the station and the same high-density housing at the southern end of the site, which would threaten the suburban character of Barnet and see residential streets even more choked with parked cars.”

  

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8 comments

  • Comment Link Friday, 08 November 2019 12:01 posted by Stan

    Well, I must admit the first picture looks great (especially compared to the current state). The lack of parking is still an issue, but I don't understand why some form of an undergroud parking for commuters is not possible?

  • Comment Link Friday, 08 November 2019 12:38 posted by Lorna Farthing

    Where has the staff parking gone? Will they be part of the "27 spaces"

  • Comment Link Friday, 08 November 2019 15:39 posted by Julie Hogg

    This entire plan does not take into account the needs of those that are unable to walk distances or hills (to the bus stop) and those that live in more rural areas and use the tube from High Barnet to get to work. The station car park is full every morning by 8am. The main roads leading out of Barnet such as St Albans Road (ie the only ones that don't have parking restrictions) are now heavily parked for miles as a result. Unfortunately these roads were not made with this intention and the parking is a danger. Only the other day I was forced to drive partly on the wrong side of the road to get past a mile long of parked cars when a lorry was hurtling towards me with nowhere to pull in. It's only a matter of time before a major accident. It is madness for the Council and Highways to add more parking restrictions as this is not the answer. The problem will just move elsewhere. Multi story parking for both the station and Barnet hospital is what is needed.

    The lack of parking is a major issue and particularly effects the vulnerable and disadvantaged.

  • Comment Link Saturday, 09 November 2019 17:47 posted by David

    Looks good to me. The tube station area is well overdue modernisation.

  • Comment Link Monday, 11 November 2019 10:31 posted by Roger Lobo

    Its better than how it looked before some key problems remain, car parking spaces, overload on existing schools and gp services and the fact that there will be 900 additional people in an area which is crowded and is meant/ known for families. I visited the consultation and they only response I got to the above concern is that the council should be looking at it since the builders give them tax whenever they build new development. Also, 40% homes are affordable and 60% will be private with no guarantees that it wont be used up for BTL.
    There are positives for having the new development but I will not support it if they cannot build new infrastructure to support potential 900 people.

  • Comment Link Monday, 11 November 2019 15:34 posted by Steve Catchpole

    The scaling back is welcome news but even 6 blocks give a fortress- like look to the High Barnet approach and this does not sit well with the other side of the main road. Also concerned that the buildings appear to lack character.

    Drop-off & pick-up area needs to be bigger than the current dangerously constricted and congested one we have at present.
    Seems absurd to curtail commuter car parking , especiaĺly at a Tfl terminus.
    What are commuters supposed to do when there is no place to park?
    Overall , not impressed.

  • Comment Link Tuesday, 12 November 2019 11:54 posted by Local resident

    The new drawings look quite good and I'm all for pedestrianising the area.

    Unless you are disabled or physically unable, then walk to the station. There are far too many cars clogging the roads and too many of them are taking unnecessary journeys that could easily be undertaken on foot, not to mention the pollution they cause.

    I walk around 1.5 miles to get to the station every morning, past long queues of crawling traffic, all emitting dirty exhaust fumes into the air.

    I applaud the shift away from car culture.

  • Comment Link Wednesday, 13 November 2019 22:08 posted by rob

    Looks great, i am in favour. We need more housing in London and this is one of the ways to solve it.

    I agree with the poster above poster that people would be better off walking, using public transport or cycling to the station - the road next to the station up to the town center and wood st is plenty wide enough to have a protected bike lane to encourage this

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