Our ambition is to create over 300 new homes in this important town centre location in North Finchley.
This site is located at 679 High Road, North Finchley – currently a Homebase. It includes the entirety of the Homebase building and the existing car park.
The site is within 10 minutes’ walking distance of West Finchley tube station and 15 minutes’ to Woodside Park, providing excellent access to Central London.
In the early 1900s the site was home to a large tramway depot before becoming a trolley bus depot after the Second World War.
We believe that, given its proximity to North Finchley High Road and local public transport, the site is an ideal location to create new homes and much better links through the area for pedestrians and cyclists.
The proposed development has been produced to take account of and respond to the requirements of the North Finchley Town Centre Framework Supplementary Planning Document.
Our proposals for 679 High Road include the following:
- 307 new homes
- 35% of homes available at affordable prices to buy and rent
- Seven new buildings, between three and nine storeys
- Onsite parking for 120 vehicles. 10 of these will be for blue badge holders. Active electric charging provision will be provided for 20% of all spaces with passive provision for the remainder.
- Around 600 secure cycle spaces
- Landscaped areas for new residents and local people
- New east-west routes for pedestrians
Our plans include seven new buildings, varying in height from three to nine storeys and containing a range to 1-3 bedroom homes.
The proposed total number of properties is made up of:
- 119 one-bed homes
- 150 two-bed homes
- 38 three-bed homes
Please note that this mix is indicative and may change.
The new homes will be designed to high standards, providing each property with its own private outdoor space, as well as shared landscaped gardens.
Helping to meet affordable housing targets
Approximately 35% of the proposed new homes will be available at affordable prices with a proposed split of 60% for affordable rent and 40% for shared ownership.
This will contribute towards Barnet’s, and London’s, housing targets for much-needed affordable homes for Londoners.
Barnet’s housing need
Barnet has the third highest housing target of all the London Boroughs set by the Mayor within the emerging London Plan. It’s also one of the highest in the country. This requires the delivery of 23,640 homes over the next 10 years.
The focus of this delivery will be on scarce brownfield sites, such as 679 High Road, in order to protect the Green Belt and Metropolitan Open Land.
In order to hit these targets in Barnet, and other boroughs, a step change in housing delivery is required. The emerging London Plan therefore requires boroughs to optimise the development potential of sites coming forward.
The new homes are necessary to address the acute affordability issues in the capital and to ensure as many people as possible have the opportunity of owning their own home.
It is in this context that the proposals have been put forward.
Improved landscaping and pedestrian access
Taylor Wimpey’s ambition is to create new east-west routes through a currently closed off site.
The proposals will allow pedestrians to easily access the new development and pass through new landscaped gardens, creating nicer walking routes between the High Road and local Tube stations.
Our plans include ambitious public landscaping, private residential gardens and eco-roofs, providing new habitats for local wildlife.
The proposed designs are split into five distinct areas:
The Centre Spine
Running from east to west across the site, the centre spine will be a shared space for pedestrian and cycle safe routes, and will include the planting of new trees and vegetation. Benches will provide places for people to sit and enjoy the outside space.
The Access Link
This area will join the south of the site to the north, using accessible stairs and ramps. This area will also be for vehicles to enter and exit the residential car park and will include a clear and safe pedestrian pathway. Trees and vegetation will be planted within this section, adding to the overall increase in greenery on the site.
Each block of homes has been designed to have its own resident-only communal garden space. These will be on varying levels across the site and will include play space for young children, social spaces for residents and guests, self-grow vegetable beds and vegetation aimed food and habitat sources for local birds and fauna.
Where possible, the roofs on each of the proposed blocks will be covered in vegetation, wildflowers and shelters, providing new habitats for wildlife. On some blocks, the roof spaces will be open for residents.
High Street and residential frontages
Where the new blocks face onto surrounding streets, particularly the High Road, new trees, paving and street furniture will be installed to create much more interactive and pedestrian-friendly spaces.
Transport and parking
The total number of parking spaces has been reduced from the previously proposed 149 to 120 through our consultations with the GLA and TFL who are encouraging the use of more sustainable modes of transport. The site has good public transport accessibility and we will be providing around 600 cycle parking spaces in the proposals.
We are in discussions with car club companies and the Council to provide contributions towards a car club within the town centre.
The plans also include around 600 cycles spaces for residents and guests, including electric bike points.
View looking south along High Road