Noah’s Ark plan approved despite resident concerns

The children’s hospice was granted permission for a three-bedroom house at a planning meeting this week reports Grace Howarth, Local Democracy Reporter

25 Manor Road in High Barnet
25 Manor Road – (Credit – Google Street View)

A children’s hospice was granted permission to build a home on a site in High Barnet amid residents’ concerns. 

Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice, the applicant, has been granted permission for a three-bedroom, two-storey house on the site of a garage at 25 Manor Road. 

The hospice owns the property at 25 Manor Road. It plans to demolish the adjacent garage and replace it with the new residence.

Noah’s Ark confirmed there were no plans for the home to be used as a care residence and clarified the property would be a residential property.

The proposal was recommended for approval, which was granted during a planning committee meeting on Monday (3rd June). 

However the application shows there was criticism of the plans as 25 letters of objection were received during a public consultation. 

Objections included “excessive depth and mass”, overdeveloped for a “small site”, “lack of parking and on-street congestion”, and the layout and design suggested “suitability for an HMO”. 

Simon Wallace, the agent representing Noah’s Ark, confirmed during the meeting that the building’s size had been reduced in response to concerns raised about a previous application. 

Committee member Gill Sargeant asked whether the applicant was able to have discussions with the neighbours and whether they were “ now satisfied with what has happened”. 

Simon said: “We have tried to reduce the projection alongside their boundary (number 26), but we can definitely continue talking to them.”

Despite the objections Simon added: “The new dwelling we feel will fit in well with the existing character of the street.

“The size and detail of the design of the new dwelling is such that it will not cause unneighbourly impacts to existing residents.”

Privacy would be protected through glazed windows, and a parking survey showed there was “adequate” space for one off-street parking spot.

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