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London Mayor steps in to approve Arney Fender Katsalidis Barnet scheme


Sadiq Khan has intervened to approve Arney Fender Katsalidis’s (AFK) regeneration of an industrial estate in Barnet, north London

The mayor called in in plans to redevelop Pentavia Retail Park in Mill Hill after Barnet Council rejected the 844-home scheme a year ago.

Barnet rejected the proposal – by developer Meadow Residential – because it felt the scheme was an overdevelopment of the site and did not offer enough affordable housing.

The mayor’s intervention has prompted an uplift in the number of homes included in the development from 724 to 844, representing 35 per cent of the borough’s annual housing target.

The share of affordable housing in the scheme, which will also include a new central pedestrian link, will rise from 35 to 41 per cent. 

Khan said the retail park was a ‘classic example’ of an underused site that could be used to build affordable housing.

He added: ’I’m clear that I will use all the levers at my disposal to increase the delivery of new, genuinely affordable homes across the capital.’

AFK chief Earle Arney said: ’This will be a transformational scheme for new generations of Mill Hill residents, helping to address London’s housing crisis.

’There should be no reason why other disused sites are not developed in a similar fashion if we as a community are serious about creating much-needed healthy homes for Londoners.’

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Readers' comments (6)

  • Here we go again. Same grid and brick approach which can be found in any part of London - Stratford, Barnet, Wandsworth, Royal Docks... you name it. Why do developers still appoint architects when they can do the copy and paste themselves?

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  • Richard snow, go learn some more about architecture before you talk.

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  • No site / location plans, so unless you're familiar with the district it's difficult to assess the council's view that it would be over-development - but this must surely be a widespread risk given the shortage of genuinely affordable housing and the resultant political pressures.

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  • Robert, I AM familiar with the site, which is squeezed between the M1 and Barnet By-Pass. It is six retail sheds and car parking. Importantly, it is next door to Graham Park, a 1970s estate being ‘transformed’ (=massively increased in density);

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  • even a tiny triangle of land to the N has had flats and a school crammed in, and a site to the E has had a couple of semis replaced with more flats.

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