Barnet resolves to grant permission for 145-home office-to-residential redevelopment in Whetstone

Out-Law News | 15 Jul 2014 | 3:55 pm | 1 min. read

Barnet Council has resolved to grant planning permission for developer Redrow London's 145-home residential redevelopment of an office tower in north London's N20, according to a report in the Estates Gazette.

The proposed scheme includes the refurbishment and change of use of Northway House, a 12-storey office tower in Whetstone, to provide 97 new flats in a mix of one, two, three and four bedroom units.  A further 48 homes are proposed in a new six storey extension to the main block, replacing a multi-storey car park on the site. Nine of the homes are proposed to be affordable.

The lower floors of the main building will contain 1,978.5 square metres of flexible office space, a reduction of nearly 6,000 sq m from the building's present office provision. 324 sq m of community or educational space, a courtyard, communal gardens, and playspace are also proposed under the plans.

The proposals were on the agenda for discussion at a meeting of the Council's planning committee on 26 June, having been recommended for approval in an officer's report. The officer reported that the loss of office under the scheme was justified by the improvement in quality and flexibility of the new space and the fact that occupation of the building had seen a significant decline since 2008.

"When work begins on Northway House, Barnet High Road will see the tired-looking 70s office block, which dominates the local skyline, given a new lease of life and be transformed into a stunning landmark development, worthy of this sought-after and vibrant locale," said Redrow on its webpage for the development.

Work is expected to start on site in August, the Estates Gazette said.