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Neighbourhood planning

Neighbourhood planning enables communities to influence the future of their neighbourhood by preparing a Neighbourhood Plan.

This provides an opportunity to set out the vision for a local area and bespoke planning policies to guide developments within an individual neighbourhood area. Once approved the Neighbourhood Plan becomes part of the Development Plan for Barnet.

This information is intended to help communities understand what neighbourhood planning in Barnet entails.

We are aware of 2 neighbourhood plans currently being progressed in Barnet, they cover Mill Hill and West Finchley respectively.

If you have any further questions on neighbourhood planning or are thinking of preparing a neighbourhood plan for your area, please get in touch with us at forward.planning@barnet.gov.uk or you can contact us at the following address:

Re Planning Policy Team
London Borough of Barnet, Floor 7,

2 Bristol Avenue,
Colindale,

London NW9 4EW

Advice on preparing Neighbourhood Plans

For further advice and guidance on neighbourhood planning please visit the Neighbourhood Planning Roadmap Guide. This provides a good idea of what is involved in producing a Neighbourhood Plan.

The Neighbourhood Planning (General Amendment) Regulations 2015 are listed here.

Approved and refused neighbourhood areas and forums in Barnet

For information on approved and refused neighbourhood areas and forums, including their application submissions and a detailed plan of their area, please follow the links below:

Area and forum application documents

Refusal of Mill Hill Neighbourhood Area Renewal and Forum Re-designation Applications July 2019

Mill Hill Neighbourhood Plan Area and Forum Re-designation Applications, Planning Committee - July 2019

Mill Hill Neighbourhood Area and Forum designations were approved on 17 September 2019 for 5 years by Barnet Council.

The Forum was established in September 2014 and after 5 years in operation reapplied to continue to be formally Re-designated as a Neighbourhood Forum and Renew the Designation of Neighbourhood Area application for another five years in accordance with the Town and Country Planning Act (1990) and the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations. 

In accordance with the Town and Country Planning Act (1990) and the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012, Regulation 10 (2) the refusal statement:

The application for re-designation was subject to a six-week period of publicity from May to June 2019.

The Forum failed to meet the basic conditions for Re-designation therefore the applications for Area Renewal and Forum Re-designation were refused at Planning Committee on 24th July 2019. The existing Forum therefore ended on 17th September 2019.

Appendices to the Planning Committee Report consist of:

a) the consultation responses to the application for the re-designation of the Mill Hill Neighbourhood Plan Area and Forum;
b) the Mill Hill Neighbourhood Forum Constitution;
c) Mill Hill Neighbourhood Plan Area map
d) Mill Hill Neighbourhood Plan Forum

All documents are available for inspection at Mill Hill Library (check online for opening times) and at Council’s Planning Reception at

London Borough of Barnet offices, 1st  Floor
2 Bristol Avenue,
Colindale,

London NW9 4EW

West Finchley Neighbourhood Plan

Designation of Neighbourhood Area

An application for designation of both the forum and the area was submitted to the Council in September 2015.

Publicity of the application took place over 6 weeks between 23rd September 2015 and 4th November 2015.

Designation of the West Finchley Neighbourhood Plan Area and Forum was approved on 26th November 2015.

Regulation 14 Consultation

The West Finchley Neighbourhood Forum published the draft Neighbourhood Plan (Regulation 14) for consultation between March and May 2019.

Regulation 16 Consultation

The West Finchley Neighbourhood Plan was submitted to Barnet Council on 19th December 2019.

The submission (Regulation 16) consultation was carried out between 15th January and 26th February 2020

Examination

Barnet Council, with agreement from the West Finchley Neighbourhood Forum, appointed Jill Kingaby as the independent Examiner. On 7th April 2020, Jill Kingaby sent a letter to clarify several initial procedural matters.

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