West Hendon Playing Fields and Associated Community Facilities - Master Planning consultation: Draft Masterplan

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Overview

Barnet has a great collection of parks and open spaces and these are an important part of what makes Barnet a green and family friendly borough. This consultation is asking for your views on proposed improvements to West Hendon Playing Fields (you can view the location on the map at the bottom of this page). We previously asked for your thoughts on possible options for the site and, using this feedback, we developed a draft Master Plan which was approved by the council’s Environment Committee in March 2019. Now we are undertaking full public consultation on this draft Master

Overview

Barnet has a great collection of parks and open spaces and these are an important part of what makes Barnet a green and family friendly borough. This consultation is asking for your views on proposed improvements to West Hendon Playing Fields (you can view the location on the map at the bottom of this page). We previously asked for your thoughts on possible options for the site and, using this feedback, we developed a draft Master Plan which was approved by the council’s Environment Committee in March 2019. Now we are undertaking full public consultation on this draft Master Plan.

Background

Barnet Council appointed The Sport, Leisure and Culture Consultancy (SLC) in 2018 to undertake an appraisal of the options available to the Council for the development and creation of a sports hub with associated community facilities at West Hendon Playing Fields, in line with the recommendations of the Parks and Opens Spaces Strategy and Playing Pitch Strategy.

SLC engaged with local stakeholders and residents in May 2018 to understand their priorities and obtain views on what improvements they would like to see on each site. SLC used this information together with other research to develop an initial draft masterplan.

Further engagement was undertaken with local stakeholders and residents in November 2018 on the initial draft masterplan. The results of this further engagement were used to inform the development of a final draft masterplan for West Hendon Playing Fields.

This next phase of engagement is to undertake full public consultation on the final draft masterplan to gather feedback from residents.

What are we seeking your views on?

This consultation is asking for your views on the draft masterplan which can be found here. You can also read more in our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document.

Specifically, we are seeking your views on:

  • the facilities proposed within the draft masterplan
  • the layout and location of the proposed facilities within the draft masterplan
  • any comments you may have on the overall draft masterplan.

How can you give us your views?

  • Please take the time to complete the online questionnaire. We welcome responses from anybody or any organisation interested in this site, including those from outside of the area of Barnet Council.
  • SLC is also running a series of public drop-in sessions, so you can come and look at the draft masterplan and provide feedback. SLC and council staff will be on hand to answer your questions.

The dates and locations of these sessions are :


DateTimeLocation
Friday 28th June
2pm – 5pm
West Hendon Community Hub
Saturday 29th June
10am – 1pm
By the playground at West Hendon Playing Fields
Wednesday 10th July
8.30am – 12pm
Parkside View Nursery, West Hendon Pavilion
Wednesday 17th July
3pm – 6pm
West Hendon Community Hub
Friday 26th July
2pm – 5pm
By the playground at West Hendon Playing Fields


To request a questionnaire in an alternative format, please email WestHendonPFmasterplan@barnet.gov.uk or telephone 020 8359 7404. Alternatively, you can write to us at: Greenspaces, London Borough of Barnet, North London Business Park, Oakleigh Road South, London, N11 1NP.

SLC will use the results of the public consultation to inform the final masterplan, which will be presented to a future meeting of the Environment Committee.

This consultation has now closed.
  • We asked, you said, we did

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    8 months ago

    We asked:

    We asked you to share your views on the draft masterplan for West Hendon Playing Fields and Associated Community Facilities. This draft masterplan had been informed by the feedback received through the first two phases of public engagement in 2018 where we had asked you what you would most like to see on the site and then what you thought about the facilities, layout and location proposed in the initial draft masterplan. In this latest online engagement, undertaken between 3 June and 28 July 2019, we asked you specifically for your views on the following:

    We asked:

    We asked you to share your views on the draft masterplan for West Hendon Playing Fields and Associated Community Facilities. This draft masterplan had been informed by the feedback received through the first two phases of public engagement in 2018 where we had asked you what you would most like to see on the site and then what you thought about the facilities, layout and location proposed in the initial draft masterplan. In this latest online engagement, undertaken between 3 June and 28 July 2019, we asked you specifically for your views on the following:

    • the facilities proposed within the draft masterplan
    • the layout and location of the proposed facilities within the draft masterplan
    • any comments you may have on the overall draft masterplan.

    You said:

    We received 224 responses to the online questionnaire, 35% of which were from under 25 year olds. 72% of respondents said they were either supportive or very supportive of the draft masterplan and 21% said they were either unsupportive or very unsupportive. Of the proposed indoor facilities, the most popular were the café and multi-use activity space and of the proposed outdoor facilities, improved pedestrian routes and links to the Welsh Harp, improved grass pitches, improved cycle routes and the woodland nature trail all scored highly. Less well supported facilities included the skatepark and the high ropes course.

    73% of respondents said they would be more likely to visit West Hendon Playing Fields if the masterplan was delivered and 70% said they would be more likely to be physically active if the masterplan was delivered.

    The key areas of contention on the final draft masterplan were: Cool Oak Lane car park; High Ropes course; artificial turf pitches; pedestrian and cycle routes; management, maintenance and security; and, traffic and congestion.

    We did:

    As a result of the outcomes of the public consultation further work is currently being undertaken to develop the masterplan for West Hendon Playing Fields.

    It is proposed that the final master plan will form the subject of a report to the meeting of the Council’s Environment Committee on 12 March 2020, seeking approval of the final masterplan.