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Plans to turn Grade II listed building in The Burroughs Hendon into cafe
A Grade II listed shop could be turned into a café if planning permission is granted this week.
Two separate applications have been submitted to Barnet Borough Council requesting a “change of use” at number 55 in The Burroughs as well as permission for extractor fan outlets and interior alterations.
The building, currently used by a furniture store called the House Shop, is in a conservation area.
Jo Tapper, speaking on behalf of the leaseholder of the building Keatson Ng, said: “It will bring money to the area, it’s right near Middlesex University and will give students somewhere locally to go and make the area more affluent.
“It won’t be a low-level café – we’re not talking about a greasy spoon.”
However, a total of nine objections have been submitted to the council suggesting extractor fans would “detract from the appearance of the building”.
Other complaints suggest a café would increase traffic, parking and litter problems in the area.
Professor Brad Blitz, who has lived in the road for ten years, said: “They shouldn’t need big extractor fans if all they want to serve is tea and sandwiches.
“This is an 18th century building right next to a school which needs protecting. We don’t want another rubbish little restaurant. There’s no demand for it.
“There’s investment coming into the area and I would hope the building could be used for something more aspirational that would bring more to the area than cheap fast food.”
Edina Kiss, who moved into The Burroughs in February, said: “I just don’t want food smells coming over here – I’ve got a little girl so that wouldn’t be good.”
But despite neighbours’ concerns, council officers have recommended approving the plans, claiming they “would not harm the special architectural and historic character of this heritage asset”.
Officers have also recommended the café should not be allowed to open to customers before 9am or after 8pm on weekdays and Saturdays or before 10am or after 6pm on Sundays and Bank Holidays.
The council's west area planning sub-committee will consider the applications at a meeting this Thursday.
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