Planning row nets Barnet £4m
Barnet Council has been awarded £4 million for affordable housing and community facilities after a property developer breached its planning permission.
The Comer Group was granted permission to build 64 luxury flats in the grounds of Princess Park Manor, a former mental hospital in Friern Barnet, in January 2004.
In fact, the developer constructed 83 flats and also made some unauthorised external alterations while they were converting the building.
Comer asked for the application to be considered again but in June 2009 an enforcement notice was served, which it subsequently appealed.
Following a public enquiry in May and June this year, the planning inspector granted permission for the larger development, subject to planning conditions and Comer paying significant planning contributions.
There will be £3.5 million for affordable housing, as well as funding for education, health, libraries and highway provisions.
Luke Comer, chairman and founder of Comer Homes said: ‘We had already submitted plans for the extra homes in place of previously planned office space, but they had to be regularised by the Planning Inspectorate which has taken some time. We were already due to pay £2.25 million to Barnet Council, so we agreed on a ‘top-up’ amount to cover the extra homes.’