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Future of derelict homes near M1 turn-off at Hendon remains uncertain
The future of a derelict row of houses near the M1 turn-off at Hendon remains uncertain after plans to replace it with blocks of flats were rejected.
City and Westminster Developments had hoped to demolish eight semi-detached homes off the A1 Great North Way, at the junction with Ashley Lane, and build five new blocks comprising a total of 55 flats.
Barnet Council’s planning and environment committee met to assess the application on Thursday but, despite being recommended for approval by planning officers, they rejected the plans.
The authority received five letters of objection to the designs, which include four, four-storey buildings and one, three-storey building and an underground car park with 66 spaces.
Complaints ranged from a loss of trees to increased traffic congestion but the committee’s decision was largely based on the impact the development would have on nearby homes.
Committee vice-chairman Maureen Braun said: “It was just too big and too much for the space. It was monolithic.
“We felt the development imposed too much on the houses in Ashley Lane and considered the designs to be completely wrong.”
The houses have been boarded up for several months and are visible to cars on Great North Way
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