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Views sought on Heritage Advisory Panel proposals

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Barnet Council is seeking residents’ views on establishing a new panel to help advise and support decision making on planning applications which may have a significant impact on the heritage of the borough.

Barnet Council is seeking residents’ views on establishing a new panel to help advise and support decision making on planning applications which may have a significant impact on the heritage of the borough.

The consultation, which launched on 9 March, is an opportunity for people to have their say on proposals to set up a Heritage Advisory Panel made up of building and planning experts working alongside community representatives.

The panel would cover the entirety of the borough and give its advice on a range of planning applications including those which relate to buildings and areas of architectural or historic interest, and buildings on the council’s Local List.

There would be nine panel members which would include three members with experience of the built environment, such as planners, architects and surveyors, three members from local community organisations, and three members from areas such as business, education, government or property.

The panel’s advice on planning proposals will be included within planning committee reports or made directly to planning officers to help inform decision making.

It is envisaged that the panel’s advice will be considered in the same way as the range of statutory consultees which are approached for their views as part of the usual planning process.

Councillor Stephen Sowerby, Barnet Council’s Design and Heritage Champion, said: “Safeguarding the heritage of the borough is incredibly important, and in recent years we have worked with local organisations and volunteers to review our own Local List of buildings.

“We would very much like to hear people’s views on the proposed Heritage Advisory Panel which is intended to offer a further insight to help inform planning decisions and ultimately protect the character of the borough.”

For more information, and to take part in the consultation, visit the engage website

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