Harrow Borough Council will not fight Barnet FC planning appeal over the Hive stadium

Harrow Borough Council will not defend any of its reasons for refusal at a planning appeal over Barnet FC’s stadium the Hive.

At a special meeting of the council’s planning committee this evening councillors voted not to submit any evidence to the Planning Inspectorate at the appeal lodged by the football club.

The decision effectively gives Barnet planning permission for changes made to the west stand of the stadium and the height of the floodlights.

The council will now inform the Planning Inspectorate about this evening’s decision, and will decide whether to continue with the appeal.

Councillors rejected a retrospective application from the club last year on the basis that the stadium's floodlights and west stand fell outside specifications agreed by the council.

The council then issued Barnet with a planning enforcement notice, giving it six months to demolish the stand and three months to remove the lights.

The club then announced it would appeal against both at a public inquiry.

Last week the council withdrew its enforcement notice ordering Barnet FC to pull down a stand and remove floodlights at the stadium.

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10:02pm Wed 16 Apr 14

paul glynn says...

Yet another example of a football club getting it's way .if this was anybody else the council would keep going right to the end
Yet another example of a football club getting it's way .if this was anybody else the council would keep going right to the end paul glynn
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10:11pm Wed 16 Apr 14

SteveLong says...

The Council put itself in a no win situation. I am genuinely surprised after Clr Halls comments that they would seek controls that they have completely caved in. No complaints were received by the council regarding the floodlights and I suspect that this lack of complaints received was a key factor in the decision.
The Council put itself in a no win situation. I am genuinely surprised after Clr Halls comments that they would seek controls that they have completely caved in. No complaints were received by the council regarding the floodlights and I suspect that this lack of complaints received was a key factor in the decision. SteveLong
  • Score: 11

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