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Watling Boys' Club, Burnt Oak, to become houses
A derelict boys’ club which has been an “eyesore” in a residential street for more than ten years will be turned into houses.
The former Watling Boys’ Club, in Dryfield Road, Burnt Oak, will knocked down and replaced with 22 flats and two houses.
Barnet Borough Council’s planning officers approved the plans, which include two three-storey blocks and two two-storey blocks, at a meeting on Thursday night.
Work will begin after a parking management plan has been drafted to ensure there is enough space to accommodate residents and visitors.
The club was opened in the 1960s and provided a range of activities for youngsters, including boxing and sport on a football pitch behind it.
It closed down in the late 1990s and has suffered from fires and vandalism and become overgrown.
With the help of MP Matthew Offord, residents launched a petition to reopen it as a community centre - but their efforts failed and the building was sold off to Greencourt Property Group in 2011.
Councillor Hugh Rayner, who represents Hale ward, said: “Leaving the building as an eyesore is not an option. Turning the building into houses would be a positive thing.”
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