Another controversial Barnet planning application attracts ire

The developers of the Victoria Quarter in East Barnet are submitting a controversial application to amend their already approved scheme on the former Gasworks site, which would see a 75% increase in the number of units from 371 homes to 652.

As a result, Labour Councillor for East Barnet Cllr Jo Cooper, and Andrew Dismore AM, London Assembly Member for Barnet and Camden, have written to the Chief Executive of Barnet Council asking for the Council not to consider the scheme during the Coronavirus lockdown.
Mr Dismore said:
‘Last week I wrote to the Council about the scheme for 300 new homes on the North Finchley Homebase site because it is just not possible for residents to have a fair and proper say on these controversial and large planning applications during the lockdown. Yet again we see another developer take advantage of the public’s reduced ability to object, this time to change a scheme for which they already have permission. It’s outrageous.’

Cllr Cooper added:

‘Since the original consultation, the proposed Victoria Quarter development has seen an increase in the number of units by 75% and now includes a 10-storey block. There are a limited number of family homes and the height, density and design do not fit in with the area. This application was submitted during a pandemic, limiting the opportunity for local residents to attend another public consultation event and further undermining what little trust the community has in this developer. It is hugely disappointing to say the least, given the responsibility of local residents in trying to shape it into something more acceptable.’