A major planning application for the redevelopment of the former Middlesex University campus at Cat Hill in New Barnet was rejected by Enfield Council in March 2012.
The redevelopment scheme is for new housing by L&Q, the same Housing Association that will be developing affordable homes at Dollis Valley.
Following local opposition, the plans had been amended to remove one block flats and to reduce the number of houses so that the application is for 260 rather than 272 new homes.
The proposals also involve the felling of a huge number of trees. New plans published for consulation by the developers in July were also widely criticised.
The MP for Chipping Barnet, Theresa Vailliers, has criticised the proposal which has been resubmitted by L&Q Housing Association which was forced to go back to the drawing board after the original planning application was unanimously rejected by Enfield Council Planning Committee in March.
I am still convinced that this development
would be completely wrong for the local area
The revised plans recommend reducing the six storey apartment buildings facing the Cat Hill roundabout to four storeys and the overall number of dwellings from 250 to 232. The homes have also been moved further away from Cow Pond in an attempt to protect wildlife habitats.
But Ms Villiers said: “Despite the changes made, there is no getting away from the fact that this development is still too dense and too high. L&Q have not made nearly enough changes to reassure me or my constituents. The revised proposals do very little to ease residents’ concerns about the height and density of the development.
They also fail to address problems around parking, traffic and the impact on the local infrastructure. Furthermore, the dwellings are still too close to the southern pond and would involve chopping down far too many trees. I am still convinced that this development would be completely wrong for the local area.”