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  • 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.
  • June 01, 2014
    This newsletter is a little more optimistic than usual. We have some positive things to say on redevelopment of The Spires and major housing projects.
  • February 01, 2014
    Some members have commented that our newsletters can be rather gloomy. Alas this does reflect the reality of what we do, which is to focus on problems around our town. But for a pleasant change this issue starts with a number of good news items. Of course, the grim stuff then follows as usual!
  • October 01, 2013
    We had a full house for our AGM in June when Charlotte Dunlop from William Pears Group, the new owners of The Spires, shared with us some initial thoughts on the future of our shopping centre