Sunday, 21 August 2016

The Lodge, Victoria Park, Finchley


Stop Press - application for demolition of the lodge has been refused by Barnet Council. Cllr. Ross Houston will be asking questions at this evening's (1st Sep) Policy and Resources Committee from 7.00pm at Hendon Town Hall, The Burroughs, London NW4 4BQ - all welcome!!

Victoria Park, Finchley was created by public subscription for the benefit of the people of Finchley and for generations to come. It was opened in 1902 by HRH Princess Christian, daughter of Queen Victoria and the building now known as 'The Lodge' was built as a park-keeper's cottage.

In November 2014, Barnet Councillors, acting in their dual role as trustees, voted 32 to 31 to sell 'The Lodge', as it was claimed that it could only be used as a residence for a park keeper and would require £100,000 to bring it to 'decent homes standard'.

They have since sold it for £623,000 and the new owner has applied for planning permission to demolish this historic building, and erect a block of eight flats.

This site is within the footprint of Victoria Park, and represents a dangerous precedent for the further development of all our local parks and open spaces.

What can YOU do?

· Object to the planning application by 23rd August 2016 View the planning application online >>HERE<< 

· Or email:

· Circulate this information to family and friends and encourage them to object too

Follow Victoria Park on Twitter: @victoriaparkfi1 

Monday, 1 August 2016

Brookdene Nature Reserve



closing date Wed 3rd August

After the council refused planning permission for the Brookdene Nature Reserve Application 23rd May 2016, the developer then appealed to the Secretary of State.

It is now up to the Planning Inspectorate. 

 Click here >>> MAKE AN OBJECTION <<<

Or email:
  • Planning Inspectorate appeal reference number: 
  • APP/N5090/W/16/3149782;

What matters can be taken into account: 
Planning applications can only be decided on those matters relevant to planning (material considerations). The most common of these include: 

1. Effect on traffic, access and parking 

2. Scale, appearance and impact on surrounding area and adjoining neighbours 

3. Loss of light 

4. Overlooking and loss of privacy 

5. Effect on nature conservation and loss of trees 

6. Effect on a Conservation Area including wildlife 

7. Effect on a Listed Building 

8. Noise and disturbance resulting from a use 

9. Whether the use would be appropriate for the area