An 844 home redevelopment of the disused Pentavia Retail Park in Barnet has been approved by the Mayor of London following a local refusal, and the revision of the plans.
Barnet Council refused plans in 2018 as they offered too small an affordable component. The Mayor ‘called in’ the application in November 2018. Since that refusal, and after dialogue with the Greater London Authority, developer Meadow Residential have increased the affordable home content of the AFK-designed scheme.
The original application included 724 homes, of which 35 per cent would be affordable. Following the Mayor’s intervention, the number of homes has been increased by 120 – to 844 – and the level of affordable has been increased to 41 per cent, including those social rent and London Living Rent levels.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “This is classic example of an underused site with the potential to deliver significant numbers of homes, including affordable homes at social rent and London Living Rent levels.
“I’m clear that I will use all the levers at my disposal to increase the delivery of new genuinely affordable homes across the capital.
“It’s testament to the hard work of my planning team that, since I called this application in for further scrutiny, they have been able to increase the level of affordable housing even higher than it was previously.
“As such, having considered all the evidence available to me, I’ve decided to approve this application.”