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Protest held in Hendon against 5-storey development plans

Local community organisations and residents in Hendon gathered on Sunday, 30 June, to protest against the proposed development of the 5-storey Rotunda Building as part of Middlesex University.

Protesters argue that the development would eliminate the essential car park on The Burroughs and Egerton Gardens, removing parking spaces currently used by residents, businesses, and community groups. They claim the lack of mitigation plans for the lost parking spaces will have significant negative impacts, including increased traffic congestion, limited access for elderly and disabled individuals, and severe disruption to local community events and activities.

Chinmaya Mission UK, a local Hindu organisation, organised a silent protest on 30 June. Members of the organisation flyered their cars, pleading with the council to reconsider the proposed development and be sensitive to the community’s needs.

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“While we acknowledge the need for urban development, we are deeply concerned about the impact of the proposed loss of parking and access on the three vibrant religious organisations that have been serving the area for decades. Although Barnet Council has a stated objective to protect community facilities, without careful consideration and consultation with the impacted organisations, the proposed development goes against the council’s own objectives.

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Hendon Residents Planning Forum

“With the Mayor of London having sent the decision back to the council, we urge the developers and council to reconsider their plans and work with the community to find a solution that balances development plans with the needs of local people and organisations. We would welcome some assurances from the council that a sympathetic approach will be taken and are ready to engage in dialogue on the matter,” said Suresh Wadhwani, Trustee and President of Chinmaya Mission UK.

“It’s astonishing that Barnet Council needs to be minded that congregants, including families with elderly relatives and young children, need accessible car parking in order to enjoy their rights to worship,” said Brad Blitz, Administrator, Hendon Residents Planning Forum.

A Barnet Council spokesperson said in a statement: “The planning application for the Ravensfield and Fenella application (Reference 23/2868/FUL) was considered by the Strategic Planning Committee on 20 February 2024 following a public consultation that generated in excess of 200 representations. The committee heard representations from objectors to the proposal, which included the Chinmaya Mission.

“All matters relating to the removal of the car park and its potential implications were fully considered and addressed in the committee report prepared by officers. Following careful consideration of the issues, the Strategic Planning Committee voted to approve the application subject to referral to the Mayor of London and completion of the legal agreement.”

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