Pentavia Retail Park public hearing

In their role of making strategic planning decisions, the Mayor may occasionally take over an application, therefore becoming the local planning authority. They must then hold a public hearing before deciding whether or not to grant planning permission. 

In this instance, the Mayor, Sadiq Khan, took over the application for the redevelopment of Pentavia Retail Park. 

Background to the public hearing

On 24 October 2018 Barnet advised the Mayor that it was minded to refuse permission for the redevelopment proposals for Pentavia Retail Park.  

On 5 November 2018, having considered a report on the case, the Mayor notified Barnet that he would act as the local planning authority for the purposes of determining the planning applications (under article 7 of the Mayor of London Order and the powers conferred by Section 2A of the 1990 Town and Country Planning Act). 

The local authority for this case is 17/8102/FUL. The GLA reference is 3756a.

GLA documents

The Mayor's initial stage 1 and 2 reports and decision letters can be downloaded here

Public consultation

Subsequent to the Mayor’s direction, on 22 March 2019 the applicant submitted revisions to the Application including:

  • an increase in the number of residential units from 724 to 844 to provide 120 additional residential units;
  • changes to the type of market homes proposed to introduce private sale units, alongside Build to Rent;
  • the provision of 41% affordable housing (increased from 35%);
  • changes to the tenure of affordable units to provide: 131 Discount Market Rent units; 57 Discount Market rent units at London Living Rent levels; 94 London Affordable Rent units; and 63 London Shared Ownership units;
  • a reduction in the amount of ancillary residential facilities from 949 sq.m. to 885 sq.m. (-64 sq.m.);
  • an increase in the amount of non-residential floorspace (Use Class A1, A3-A4 and D1) from 987 sq.m. to 1,028 sq.m. (+41 sq.m.);
  • changes in the height of Blocks B, C, D, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O, P, Q and R and amendments to the elevational treatment;
  • a reduction in car parking from 545 spaces to 397 spaces (-148 spaces);
  • revised pedestrian and cycle access and the relocation of bus stops on Bunns Lane and the A1 (northbound); and
  • an increase in cycle parking spaces from 1,182 spaces to 1,603 spaces (+421 spaces).

The applicant’s submission includes further environmental information under Regulation 25 of the EIA Regulations in relation to the Environmental Statement which has already been provided.

The revisions and other information can be inspected by members of the public at all reasonablehours (between 9am and 5pm) at City Hall, The Queen’s Walk, London SE1 2AA until 5pm on 6 May 2019.

Copies of these documents are also available to view at the following locations:


How to comment

If you intend to make representations of objection or support in respect of the revisions to the Application and/or the other information relating to the Environmental Statement these should be sent in writing or by email to the following address by 6 May 2019:

  • [email protected]
  • Pentavia Retail Park Public Hearing, The Planning Team, Greater London Authority, The Queen’s Walk, London, SE1 2AA

Consultation period

The consultation period runs until 6 May 2019. The application will not be decided before this consultation period ends. Comments received after the date referred to above, but before a decision is made, may still be taken into account but failure to meet this deadline could result in your comments not being considered. Any representations you have previously made on this application to London Borough of Barnet will still be taken into account.

How will the application be decided? 

he Mayor of London will consider the planning applications at a public representation hearing to be held at City Hall. A date for this will be advertised in due course and all respondents will be notified. 

How to comment on the application

If you wish to make any further representations on this application you can email [email protected]. You can make representations up until the hearing. 

Original planning documents

If you wish to view the original planning documents, you can view them on the councils website