Barnet Youth Zone approved

The new OnSide Youth Zone in Barnet has received planning consent.

The £6million facility, which is being developed by charity OnSide alongside Barnet Council, will offer a wide range of activities for young people aged between eight and 19 and up to 25 for those with additional needs. Facilities at the Youth Zone, which will be located on part of Montrose Playing Fields in Colindale, will include dance, sport, art, music, drama, media, employability and mentoring programmes. It is to be christened Unitas, meaning unity, from the council’s latin motto.

OnSide already has a network of nine Youth Zones across the North West and will work alongside the London Borough of Barnet as a strategic partner for this Youth Zone. As well as providing the site, the Council has contributed £4.2million towards the construction costs.

Now the Youth Zone has gained planning consent, building work will begin later this year with an opening date planned for late 2018.

Councillor Reuben Thompstone, Chair of Barnet Council’s Children, Education, Libraries and Safeguarding Committee, said: “I’m delighted that we have reached this key milestone in this exciting project, and I am really looking forward to seeing the Youth Zone taking shape. This is going to be a fantastic asset for young people in Barnet with all kinds of opportunities on offer. It has been great to see so many young people involved in helping from the outset in making Unitas their own.”

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