More than 1,000 respond to Golders Green consultation

City Hall’s plans to redevelop Golders Green station have been met with overwhelming opposition – with more than 1,000 residents making representations.

Barnet Council put the Mayor of London and TfL’s proposals to public consultation in a planning brief in February.

However, due to the scale of the response, the brief will now be ‘fundamentally’ redrafted to better represent the diverse perspectives offered by residents.

Garden Suburb councillor John Marshall said the scale of public opposition meant the planning brief had to be rewritten – and that City Hall would have to reconsider their proposals.

He said: “So far there have been over 1,000 representations, and given this very high level of response, it has been decided by Barnet Council that the brief cannot progress in its current form without fundamental revision.

“It is likely a further consultation will take place on a fundamentally revised version of the brief.

“Conservative councillors in Garden Suburb, Childs Hill, and Golders Green will continue to fight hard for residents’ interests to ensure any changes to the station will protect the character of the town centre and ensure the war memorial is treated with respect deserving of those it commemorates.”

In addition ‘Site B’, which covers 8.1 hectares of land on the Garden Suburb side of the station, will no longer be included in the planning brief.

TfL’s proposals include dismantling the clock tower war memorial and moving it from the junction of Finchley Road and North End to make way for a new road layout.

The war memorial was unveiled in 1923 and, unlike many erected across the country following the First World War, did not feature Christian imagery in recognition of the many Jewish residents who laid down their lives during the conflict.

The 10.3 hectare site being considered for redevelopment falls entirely within the Golders Green Town Centre Conservation Area, which was designated in 1998.