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  • June 01, 2019
    Welcome to our first twelve page newsletter. On some occasions we have struggled to pack everything into eight pages and the resulting product has sometimes looked unappealingly dense, so we hope you like the new layout
  • February 01, 2019
    Planning matters continue to dominate our agenda with several major schemes to report on along with a foretaste of major changes to planning policy coming later this year
  • October 01, 2018
    We have heard a lot of concern expressed over recent shop closures though not all is doom and gloom. Anti-social behaviour by a small group of adults has become a source of public anxiety as we discuss below.
  • June 01, 2018
    There has been a great deal of publicity about the difficulties High Street chains have been experiencing of late, with household names such as Mothercare and M&S embarking on major closure programmes
  • February 01, 2018
    In this issue we have a lot to report, so apologies if members find some of the text somewhat heavy going. We discuss anticipated changes in the High St, the market and the Spires car park that open up some exciting possibilities
  • October 01, 2017
    The Mayor of London has published his draft housing strategy, aiming to build 50,000 new homes a year. It is a radical plan and comes with the statement that “it will mean medium rise developments across a much broader swathe of London”.
  • June 01, 2017
    With the planning application for Meadow Works, on which we report below, we can see that high rise urbanisation of the outer London suburbs is creeping ever closer to our area
  • February 01, 2017
    The rebuilding of The Spires is proceeding well, with the expectation that all will be up and running sometime in the summer. We have waited years for some Highways schemes to progress but suddenly we now have several on the move
  • October 01, 2016
    The work now starting on the H&M store in the East Courtyard of The Spires has generated a buzz of excitement around town.
  • June 01, 2016
    The town centre continues to improve both in shop occupancy levels and presentation, albeit rather slowly, but all eyes are now on the forthcoming changes to the Spires.
  • February 01, 2016
    Members will be well aware of the overheated property market in central London – not just soaring prices, but new blocks of flats towering ever higher, international investors buying up properties then leaving them empty, and the fashion for digging out vast basements
  • October 01, 2015
    We recently heard a whisper originating in the property industry that High Barnet was going to feel the full impact of a tide of new investment that was sweeping out from central London, and this was attracting the interest of large property investment companies.
  • June 01, 2015
    The long anticipated rebuild of the front of The Spires and the associated opening of Carluccio’s have finally happened.
  • February 01, 2015
    Over the winter period things have been very quiet on the planning front, though we believe a number of applications affecting the High Street are in the pipeline. It is pleasing to report that the rate of shop closures on the High Street has slowed and new openings have picked up.
  • October 01, 2014
    Welcome to our new look newsletter. Upgrading to colour does come at a cost and if we stick with it we will need to consider an increase in subscription rates at next year’s AGM, probably by £1. Your views on this are invited.