Welsh Harp plans approved

Barratt Homes plans for a 2000 home development next to the Welsh Harp reservoir have been approved.

Barnet Council have given the scheme, which involves the demolition of 600 homes in West Hendon, and their replacement with 2000 new homes – 500 of which would be affordable, a two form entry primary school, nursery and new community facilities, the green light.

The scheme will produce four towers up to 26 storeys high set in a network of green open spaces and strengthened links to the nearby Welsh Harp and West Hendon Recreation Ground via two new pedestrian bridges.

An extensive stretch of newly landscaped parkland will separate housing from the reservoir as part of the development. Improvements will also be made to the existing nearby road layout along with new housing and retail space along a section of the A5 West Hendon Broadway.

Barnet Council Deputy Leader, Councillor Daniel Thomas, said: “A great deal of time and effort has gone into making Barnet’s regeneration schemes feasible in a very difficult economic climate, and I’m delighted that this project will deliver much needed quality housing along with a new school and other community facilities in West Hendon, and contribute to enhancing the town centre here.”

Work could now begin as early as October, with the scheme being built in four phases.

The proposals will be referred to the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson.

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