Re 27 Woodside Avenue N12 8AT - Barnet Council Planning Application Ref: 19/4171/FUL
Received: 8 January 2020
I reside in Woodside Avenue N12 8AT and I attended the public consultation at the North Finchley Library yesterday in relation to the proposed demolition of 27 Woodside Avenue.
Although I arrived two minutes late due to work commitments, having spoken to other attendees my assumption that formal introductions had been made for the Barnet Council representatives proved to be incorrect. Having called the Council today, I have been advised that Shyam Samani is the point of contact as project manager although I am not sure if that individual was present yesterday.
Unusually the meeting was led by an individual whose name was not given, but who I understand to be from social services rather than the planning department. In any event, that lady agreed that she would provide full documentation to demonstrate what consideration as to the possible development of other sites in the borough had been undertaken. I would be grateful, therefore, if you would forward to me copies of the following documentation:
1 all documents that constitute or evidence the review of and conclusions reached and advices given in relation to other potential sites, which review is referred to at paragraphs 1.3 and 5.2 of the GL Hearn Planning Statement March 2018 which can be found amongst documentation on the Council website in relation to the original planning application reference No: 18/2032/FUL;
2 all documents that constitute or evidence the review of and conclusions reached and advices given in relation to other potential sites, which review is referred to at paragraph 1.6 of the Saunders Boston report of 23 July 2019 which has been lodged in relation to the current planning application.
As I made clear at the meeting, my primary personal concern is as to the destruction of a commanding and handsome building which clearly retains many original features and is worthy of retention. It also represents one of the last original buildings from the Victorian period in an avenue which has already been the subject of many more modern developments far too many of which are without architectural merit.
That said, my discussions with other attendees suggest that the information given as to the intended use of the proposed development in terms of status of occupier and length of stay differs from that which was given at the original consultation meeting, which meeting I was unable to attend through work commitments and which, I recall, took place in 2017.
It is clear that minutes were being taken of the meeting yesterday and I would be grateful for a copy of those minutes, in draft if not yet formalised. I would also be grateful if you would forward a copy of the minutes taken at the corresponding earlier public consultation meeting relating to the original proposal for redevelopment of the existing building.
In view of the timescale look forward to hearing from you by return and thank you in advance for your assistance.