Planning consultations

Draft Local Plan (Reg 18) Preferred Approach

27 January – 16 March

The Council is reviewing and updating the Borough’s planning policies in a document, known as the Local Plan. The Local Plan sets out a vision for how Barnet will change as a place over the next 15 years and forms a strategy which emphasises the Borough’s attractiveness as a place to live, work and visit. The emerging Plan will, when it replaces the existing 2012 Local Plan, provide the main basis upon which future planning applications will be determined. 

The Council is undertaking consultation on this draft Local Plan and welcomes your input on a document which will have an impact on the people who live, work, operate a business or visit the Borough as well as future generations.

This document sets out the Council’s preferred policy approach. The Council is inviting comments on this approach. 

Consultation Details

The seven week consultation period will run from 27 January to 16 March 2020.

Barnet’s Draft Local Plan and accompanying documents can be viewed here.

Reference copies of the draft Local Plan and accompanying documents are available at the following locations:

  • London Borough of Barnet Planning Reception, 2 Bristol Avenue, Colindale, London, NW9 4EW
  • Local libraries (check for library opening times)

Consultation Responses

Any comments (known as representations) should be made using the online questionnaire. You are encouraged to use the questionnaire or structure of the questionnaire to comment. In commenting you can let us know how the Local Plan should be changed. Alternatively, representations can also be submitted by using the following methods:

Any representations must be submitted before midnight 16 March 2020.

Consultation Events

The Planning Policy Team will be giving a short presentation on the draft Local Plan on the following dates. This will be followed by a drop-in session to discuss with planners the Local Plan and sites that are proposed for development in the Schedule of Proposals. These consultation events will largely focus on sites that are within the wards listed below:

  • St. Paul’s Finchley, N3 2PU (Wednesday 5th February 6.30 to 8.00 pm) – 19 sites from wards of Childs Hill, East Finchley, Finchley Church End, Garden Suburb, Golders Green, West Finchley and Woodhouse
  • Colindale Offices, NW9 4EW (Monday 10th February 6.30 to 8.00 pm) – 27 sites from wards of Burnt Oak, Colindale, Edgware, Hale, Hendon, Mill Hill and West Hendon
  • Barnet House, N20 0EJ (Tuesday 11th February 6.30 to 8.00) – 21 sites from wards of Brunswick Park, Coppetts, East Barnet, High Barnet, Oakleigh, Totteridge and Underhill

The Planning Policy Team will also be presenting the draft Local Plan at the Resident’s Forum meetings held on 4th March 2020 7.00 to 10.00 pm:

  • Chipping Barnet Resident’s Forum – (Chipping Barnet Library)
  • Finchley and Golders Green Resident’s Forum – (Church End Library)
  • Hendon Resident’s Forum – (Hendon Town Hall)

Further information is available from the Planning Policy Team on 020 8359 3000 or

West Finchley Neighbourhood Development Plan (Regulation 16)

15 January – 26 February

The West Finchley Neighbourhood Development Plan was submitted under Regulation 15 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 (as amended) to Barnet Council on 19th December 2019.

West Finchley Neighbourhood Forum (the qualifying body) has formally submitted the following documents:

In accordance with Regulation 16, Barnet Council is undertaking a formal consultation on the content of the West Finchley Neighbourhood Development Plan to see if it fulfils the Basic Conditions as required by Paragraph 8(2) of Schedule 4B of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (inserted by the Localism Act 2011).

Consultation Details

The six week consultation period will run from 15 January to 26 February 2020.

Reference copies of the West Finchley Neighbourhood Development Plan and supporting documents are available at the following locations:

  • London Borough of Barnet Planning Reception, 2 Bristol Avenue, Colindale, London, NW9 4EW
  • Finchley Church End library, 318-320 Gateway House, Regents Park Rd, Finchley, London, N3 2LN (Finchley Church End opening times)
  • North Finchley library, Ravensdale Ave, North Finchley, London, N12 9HP (North Finchley opening times)

Consultation Responses

You can make representations on the Regulation 16 West Finchley Neighbourhood Development Plan by using the following methods:

Any representations must be submitted before 5.00 pm 26 February 2020.

Representations should address whether or not the Plan meets basic conditions and other matters that the examiner is required to consider under Paragraph 8 of Schedule 4B of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 and can also address whether the referendum area should be extended beyond the neighbourhood area or for a request to make a case for an oral hearing.

Following this consultation, the comments received will be passed on to an independent examiner, to be appointed by the Council, who will consider the representations and recommend whether the Neighbourhood Plan should be put to a community referendum.

North London Waste Plan (Regulation 19)

1 March – 12 April 2019

We are currently consulting on the proposed submission North London Waste Plan (NLWP).
The seven north London boroughs of Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Hackney, Haringey, Islington and Waltham Forest have joined forces to prepare the North London Waste Plan.

The plan sets out the planning framework for waste management in the north London boroughs for the next 15 years. It will identify sites for waste management use and set out policies for determining waste planning applications.

The proposed submission NLWP is accompanied by a number of background documents. All the documents can all be found on the NLWP website ( Paper copies of the documents can also be inspected in the main planning offices and libraries of the boroughs. Further details are given in the Statement of Representations.


We are now inviting representations on our proposed North London Waste Plan (NLWP).
Representations are encouraged to be submitted electronically via the NLWP website.

This will ensure that the necessary information is captured for the subsequent examination of the plan by a Planning Inspector.

Alternatively, representation forms can be accessed from the NLWP website and can be sent back to

  • email (preferred):
  • or by post to North London Waste Plan, Planning and Regeneration, Camden Town Hall, Judd Street WC1H 9JE.

Draft Colindale Underground Station Supplementary Planning Document (SPD)

29 October - 10 December 2018 

The council has prepared a draft Colindale Underground Station Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) for public consultation. This document has been prepared to guide any future planning proposals associated with the redevelopment of Colindale Underground Station and the immediate area adjoining the station.

The document sets out an approach for delivering a new station, with step-free access and increased capacity as part of a residential led mixed use proposal. The new station will be equipped to serve anticipated growth and development in the area.

The draft SPD aims to help inform the preparation of future planning applications associated with:

  • development of a new Colindale Underground Station;
  • redevelopment of the existing tube station, land above the tracks, the station car-park, 167-173 Colindale Avenue and Agar House (Units 1-6), Colindale Avenue; and
  • delivery of highway, public realm and bridge improvements on Colindale Avenue immediately adjacent to the Underground Statio.

The main purpose of the draft SPD is to:

  • establish the policy and design context for the redevelopment of the Underground Station and associated development in the immediately adjoining area, including above the rail tracks, the existing station car-park, 167-173 Colindale Avenue and Agar House (Units 1-6) Colindale Avenue;
  • provide supplementary detail to existing planning policy;
  • explain how development will be delivered and infrastructure investments secured;
  • engage all interested stakeholders in the development process.

The draft SPD is supported by the Sustainability Appraisal, Equalities Impact Assessment, Statement of Consultation, Viability Assessment and a baseline Scoping Report.


The local community and residents have an opportunity to provide their views on the draft Colindale Underground Station SPD.

The draft SPD is subject to six weeks of consultation. The consultation period will run from Monday 29 October to Monday 10 December 2018. During this time, we encourage local residents, community groups and businesses to make representations on the draft SPD.

Following this period of consultation, the council will consider representations and revise the SPD, where appropriate, before it is formally adopted in February 2019.

As part of the public consultation, two drop-in sessions will be held at Pulse Community Rooms, 15 Osler Court, 9 Charcot Road, Colindale, NW9 5DZ. This will give people the opportunity to find out more about the draft SPD from Council Officers and ask any questions. The drop-in sessions are scheduled for:

  • 7 November 2018 (6pm-8pm) at Pulse Community Rooms, 15 Osler Court, 9 Charcot Road, NW9 59Z
  • 10 November 2018 (2pm-4pm) at Pulse Community Rooms, 15 Osler Court, 9 Charcot Road, NW9 59Z

How to get involved?

If you would like to make any comments on the draft Colindale Underground Station SPD, you can do so by completing the online questionnaire.

You can also respond by submitting comments in writing by Monday 10 December 2018 by:

  • emailing:, or
  • writing to: Planning Policy Team – Strategic Planning and Regeneration, 2nd Floor, Barnet House, 1255 High Road, Whetsone, N20 0EJ.

Hard copies of the document will also be available to view at:

  • Colindale Library - Barnet and Southgate College, 7 Bristol Avenue, London, NW9 4BR)
  • Planning reception - at North London Business Park, Oakleigh Road South, London, N11 1NP and Barnet House, 1255 High Road, Whetstone, N20 0EJ

Employment to Residential Conversions - Article 4 Direction

1 October - 12 November 2018 

What’s this about?

Are you a local business, concerned too many employment spaces are being converted into flats? Are you a landlord of an office or industrial space? Or anyone else concerned about these kinds of development? We want to hear from you.

Converting offices into dwellings has been automatically permitted by Government since 2013 through the ‘Prior Approval’ process. The Council proposes to adopt Article 4 Directions to take back control, in future requiring landowners to follow our normal planning processes. This should better protect our town centres and small businesses, whilst improving design quality. Do you agree with this plan?

Although this is a technical consultation on the proposal for Article 4 Directions the Council welcomes your comments on the conversion of employment spaces into residential dwellings.

Following confirmation of the Directions landowners will be required to bring forward such changes through a full planning process and they’d be assessed fully in relation to national, regional and local planning policies.

More information

We’ve been listening to the concerns of local residents and businesses and monitoring the changes taking place on the ground locally (Authorities Monitoring Report 2016-17 and Employment Land Study 2017). Such documents have identified the scale of the loss of employment spaces and the risk this poses to the economic future of the Borough. On the basis of this evidence we are making a case for removing this automatic right to convert employment spaces into residential spaces within our town centres and other key employment locations.

This will enable the Council to better manage where losses and changes to business space are appropriate.

Documents can be downloaded on the Barnet Engage site

Give us your views

We want to hear your views on what the Council is doing with this Article 4 Direction process. Do you think this is the best way to manage the loss of employment floorspace to residential ? Please provide your comments via:

  • E-mailing:
  • Writing to: Planning Policy Team, 2nd Floor Annex, Barnet House, 1255 High Road, London, N20 0EJ.

Feedback to the consultation will be taken into account by Councillors when they review and consider all responses at the Planning Committee meeting scheduled for September 2019, this will be a full 12 months after the Directions were made.

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