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Council seeks community input on ‘Hendon Hub’ development plans

Barnet Council has launched a consultation to invite feedback from residents, businesses, and voluntary and community organizations on the development of the Hendon Hub.

The Hendon Hub is an innovative and exciting project that will integrate new academic and civic spaces along The Burroughs in Hendon, creating a pleasant environment that is safer, greener, and more accessible.

The council has already consulted with local residents and stakeholders in 2021 on planned proposals and sites within the Hendon Hub. The planning applications were considered and a resolution to give permission, subject to conditions and a section 106 legal agreement, was granted.

However, in response to the consultation and the community’s feedback, the council has agreed to retain the historic Hendon Library within the listed library building. Therefore, it is proposed that the current library building will be expanded from its current size, fully refurbished and brought up to modern standards.

As a result of these changes, the council is planning to submit revised planning applications at the end of May 2023 for the Ravensfield and Fenella site, Building B9, and a Listed Building Consent for Hendon Library.

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The proposed planning applications will include improved modern spaces in the new buildings for local charities to use, ensuring that all of the original 1930s Hendon Library will be for the library and for community uses.

The Meritage Centre community hall will also be re-provided for all the community to use, and a new retail space will be created. Barnet Council would like to hear from residents, local community organizations, businesses, and all other interested parties on these new proposals, particularly what their priorities are for the new additional spaces being proposed.

To assist in answering any further questions that residents may have, the council has also provided a frequently asked questions (FAQs) document. The council wants to continue working with the community to ensure the Hendon Hub regeneration benefits the whole local community.

There are different ways to participate in the consultation process. Interested parties can complete an online questionnaire, attend a consultation meeting, or apply to be part of the Hendon Community Partnership Board. The council is encouraging residents to have their say and provide their feedback through these channels.

Throughout the consultation process, the council has been running a series of consultation meetings for members of the community. These drop-in sessions are open to the community and take place at Church House, 49 Church End, London NW4 4JT. The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday 4 May from 10am-1pm.

The council also wants to involve a wide range of residents, businesses, and voluntary and community organizations to help develop the Hendon regeneration area to ensure that it works for everyone.

Interested parties can get more involved and help support the development of the Hendon Hub by registering to be part of the Hendon Community Partnership Board.

Input from the consultation will form the basis of a Statement of Community Involvement to be submitted with the revised planning applications due to be submitted towards the end of May 2023.

The council will subsequently consult on those proposals, and the feedback received will be taken into account to develop the Hendon Hub project.