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Neighbourhood planning

Neighbourhood planning enables communities to influence the future of their neighbourhood by preparing a Neighbourhood Plan. This provides an opportunity to set out the vision for a local area and bespoke planning policies to guide developments within an individual neighbourhood area. Once approved the Neighbourhood Plan becomes part of the Development Plan for Barnet.

This information is intended to help communities understand what neighbourhood planning in Barnet entails. We are aware of two neighbourhood plans currently being progressed in Barnet – they cover Mill Hill and West Finchley respectively.

If you have any further questions on neighbourhood planning or are thinking of preparing a neighbourhood plan for your area, please get in touch with us at forward.planning@barnet.gov.uk or you can contact us at the following address:

Re Planning Policy Team
2nd Floor Barnet House
1255 High Road
London N20 0EJ

Advice on preparing Neighbourhood Plans

For further advice and guidance on neighbourhood planning please visit the Neighbourhood Planning Roadmap Guide. This provides a good idea of what is involved in producing a Neighbourhood Plan.

The Neighbourhood Planning (General Amendment) Regulations 2015 are listed here.

Approved neighbourhood areas and forums in Barnet

For information on approved neighbourhood areas and forums, including their application submissions and a detailed plan of their area, please see the links below:

Area and forum application documents

Mill Hill Neighbourhood Area Renewal and Forum Re-designation Applications Consultation

Mill Hill Neighbourhood Area and Forum designations were approved on 17 September 2019 for 5 years by Barnet Council. The Forum was established in September 2014 and after 5 years in operation must now re-apply if it is to continue to be formally designated beyond 17 September 2019.

The Mill Hill Neighbourhood Forum has now applied to the Council to be formally Re-designated as a Neighbourhood Forum and Renew the Designation of Neighbourhood Area application for another five years in accordance with the Town and Country Planning Act (1990) and the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations. 

The Council is now seeking views on the applications from stakeholders who live, work or carry on business in the area to which the Area Application relates. The publicity on the applications begins for six weeks on Friday 26th April 2019 and all comments are to be submitted to the Council by 5 pm on Friday 7 June 2019

The following documents for Area Renewal and Forum Re-designation applications have been submitted by the Forum:

Neighbourhood Plans are statutory planning documents which must be prepared by the community in the form of a Neighbourhood Forum. At this stage the Council is required to ensure the Renewal and Re-designation Applications meet the basic conditions for Neighbourhood Development Plans as set out in the Localism Act.

During the Publicity period, the Applications will be available at:

  • Planning Reception, 2nd floor, Barnet House, 1255 High Road, Whetstone, N20 0EJ
  • Online: https://engage.barnet.gov.uk/
  • Mill Hill Library, Hartley Avenue, Mill Hill, NW7 2HX.

Comments can be submitted by:

  • or by post to:

RE Planning Policy Team, 2nd Floor
Barnet House
1255 High Road
Whetstone N20 0EJ

Further information is available from the Planning Policy Team on 020 8359 4990 or email forward.planning@barnet.gov.uk.

Additional information

Any responses generated by the publicity will be considered in advance of formally re-designating the Area and Forum by the Council at the Planning Committee in July 2019.  Only if the applications are agreed by the Council, the Neighbourhood Forum can then produce a Neighbourhood Plan for the designated Neighbourhood Area. All comments on the Applications will be made publicly available.

West Finchley

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