The GLA have raised objections to the controversial plan LINK to build on the Woodfield Nursery site, Cool Oak Lane, Barnet, near the Welsh Harp Metropolitan Open Land. This means that if Barnet Council make a draft decision in favour of the planning application they have to give 14 days to allow the Deputy Mayor for Planning, Jules Pipe, to decide whether to allow the application to proceed unchanged, direct the Council to refuse the application, or to take over as planning authority himself.
The conclusions of a much longer report (available BELOW) are:
London Plan and the Mayor’s Intend to Publish London Plan policies on Metropolitan Open Land is the key strategic issue relevant to this planning application. The development constitutes inappropriate development on Metropolitan Open Land and very special circumstances have not been demonstrated in this case. The application therefore does not comply with the London Plan as set out below:
Principle of development: The proposed residential development in an
inaccessible location constitutes unsustainable development contrary to London
Plan and intend to publish London Plan
Metropolitan Open Land: The development would have a substantial impact on
the openness of the MOL and would be inappropriate development; the
development does not therefore meet the NPPF exceptions tests and no very
special circumstances have been demonstrated. The proposals thus fail the
requirements of Policy 7.17 of the London Plan, Policy G3 of the Intend to Publish
London Plan and the NPPF.
Housing and affordable housing: 41 units proposed. Notwithstanding the
objection to the unsustainable location of the housing proposals, the principle of
35% affordable housing is supported, but this provision does not constitute ‘very
special circumstances’ that would justify the development with substantial impact
on MOL. The application currently does not fully comply with Policy H5 to be
eligible for a Fast Track Route. The applicant should clarify the affordable housing
offer by habitable room, and appropriate tenure split in favour of affordable rent.
The on-site playspace provision should be appropriately demonstrated and
secured by condition.
Urban design: The development would significantly reduce the openness of MOL
and is thus inappropriate in principle. Notwithstanding this, the applicant should
provide information on equal distribution of affordable and market units within the
site to avoid segregation. The application should re-consider the positioning of
single aspect north facing units.
Climate change: Further information has been requested on the energy strategy,
urban greening and air quality.
- Transport: An entirely car dependent development in a PTAL 0 area is unsustainable and contrary to London Plan and Intend to Publish London Plan policy.
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