Plans for a religious enclosure in Mill Hill moved a step closer after a public consultation last week.

Mill Hill United synagogue organised the meeting on Thursday to show different options for the boundary, known as an Eruv, and to answer questions about the project.

About 40 people attended, including members of the synagogue, residents and representatives from the Mill Hill Preservation Society and the conservation area advisory community. The chair of the Mill Hill Eruv committee, Gill Gallick, said the outcome was "very positive".

She said: "Some people were initially apprehensive but we had a very good presentation and some question and answers which went well.

"They were quite happy and said they wanted us to be successful".

Supporters say the Eruv would be a boost for Mill Hill's Jewish residents, numbering about 2,000.

It would enable observant Jews to carry objects outside their homes on the Sabbath, meaning those with children or disabilities could use buggies and wheelchairs to get to synagogue services. Carrying on the Sabbath goes against Jewish law because it is considered work.

There are Eruv's in Edgware, Golders Green and Hendon already. Supporters say the boundary would mostly be formed by existing structures such as fences and house fronts.

Mrs Gallick said the committee have had nothing adverse officially and are planning to discuss the proposals further with relevant groups and arrange visits to the proposed Eruv site.

She said: "The Orthodox community are very keen for the project to go ahead and can look forward with great expectations.

"It will make a huge difference."

Planning officers from Barnet Council have been liaising with the potential applicant and understand a planning application will be submitted early in the New Year.

A statement added: "If an application is received consultation will be undertaken as part of the statutory planning process."