In response to the recent media coverage concerning the Golders Green Hippodrome, The Leader of Barnet Council, Councillor Richard Cornelius, has issued the following statement:
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“We are extremely proud of our borough’s rich cultural diversity and the way our communities live together. We are aware of the current community tensions surrounding the Hippodrome planning application – and indeed some of the inflammatory commentary that has been posted in response to this matter. Following advice, and due to the volume of comments that were posted, a decision was taken to remove all comments made on the planning portal for this application. All comments relating to the Hippodrome application are being monitored and logged and will be presented to Planning Committee when the application is heard.
“While we have a legal duty to hear views regarding local planning matters, we also have a responsibility to ensure that people are not using Council platforms to air views that are inappropriate.
“Golders Green has a long tradition of welcoming people from all over the world. We will continue to work closely with Barnet Police and the local community to ensure Barnet remains a safe and inclusive place for everyone.”
The council has received an application requesting that the wording of the current planning permission for the building be varied. The wording of the variations has been requested by the applicant. The two variations requested are:
- Alter the wording of condition 1 to Increase opening hours by one hour from 8:00am - 11.30pm to 8:00am - 12.30am on any day of the week
- Alter the wording of condition 2 to read 'place of worship' rather than church.
The application was registered on Friday, 15 September. Anyone wishing to comment on the application can do so as part of the planning consultation. This consultation closes on Thursday, 26 October.
The application is currently being considered by planning officers and no date has been set for when it will be considered by the Planning Committee.