The Station Approach is a key gateway at the southern end of Chipping Barnet town centre. With High Barnet Underground station (located at the southern edge) it sees frequent footfall from residents, commuters and visitors through it. This area is also a key connection to the south of Chipping Barnet, for those visiting from the Underhill area, and the Dollis Valley Estate. Presently visitors journeying from the Station face a steep incline – inaccessible to those with mobility issues – via a densely wooded area that can feel particularly unsafe at night. Combined with little signage, the approach to the town centre is currently unclear and unwelcoming.
As a critical gateway into the town centre, the planned TfL development of High Barnet tube station must strengthen the relationship between the Station and the town centre. Proposals should prioritise the accessibility of the Station by foot, and enliven the character of the station buildings and the public realm through locally specific signage and wayfinding. They should also preserve and improve the copse woodland area to create a unique and safe entrance, making active travel easy to and from the Station.
The high street at this end of the town centre is secondary to the main run of shops and civic attractions further north and struggles to engage first-time visitors to the town centre, with notable buildings not offering an active presence on the high street. When combined with the inadequate provision of greenery and seating on pavements, wide congested roads and limited places to cross, the station entrance feels sparse and run down.
A key opportunity for this area is to utilise its proximity to public transport and larger underutilised building stock – particularly the police station and Graseby House – to create new anchor employment spaces within the town centre. Establishing a significant daily workforce for this area could help to increase dwell time, which in turn could support existing and new retail and leisure uses to open. Furthermore, complementary measures to improve the public realm are vital to enhancing the character of this area. These should prioritise additional greening, creating places to sit and rest whilst navigating the hilly topography and junction improvements for easier and safer pedestrian movement around the area.
Specialist retail units are mixed with office space & a school
Multiple buildings lack an active face to the high street
Busy junction at the entrance to the station
Steep entrance to & from the station
A strong narrative around the strengths and uniqueness of Chipping Barnet, incorporated in wayfinding & public realm, for example, at the gateway into the town centre
Shopfront competition to encourage businesses to maintain shopfronts, develop branding identity and drive footfall.
Improve the junction to make the intersection more pedestrian-friendly and strengthen the relationship between the station and the town centre. The junction to be in accordance with Healthy Streets principles
On-demand bus that better connects neighbouring residential areas with the town centre, station and hospital.
Public realm promoting activation of the high street, for example, wider sections of the pavement outside the police station and Graseby House. Any future uses of these substantial buildings should create an active frontage and enlivened public realm.
Public realm promoting activation of the high street, for example, wider sections of the pavement outside the police station and Graseby House. Any future uses of these substantial buildings should create an active frontage and enlivened public realm
Distinctive wayfinding highlighting local attractions & healthy walking routes, such as directing people from the station to the high street.
Opportunity for more residential areas to host social gatherings that enhance the town centre, such as hosting street parties and play streets where a road is closed for a few hours.
Distinctive wayfinding highlighting local attractions & healthy walking routes
Fitzjohn Avenue Car Park.
Signage to indicate the location of car parks with capacity numbers
Distinctive wayfinding highlighting local attractions & healthy walking routes.
Bringing in the ‘wilder’ nature of the surrounding green space, such as the proposed development of the station and route to the High Street.
Public realm promoting activities of the high street, for example, pubs such as the Red Lion using the wide pavement areas for external dining and seating
Enterprise Hub offering affordable, quality workspace for small to large companies, alongside a mission to support business and job growth in the area. Future reuse of the police station would suit this use.
Activate underutilised spaces behind the high street, such as yards and courtyards, to host activities and create attractive pedestrian spaces, for example, behind high street units.
High Barnet Tube Station is identified in the Draft London Plan for new housing and community facility. There is potential to benefit the south end of the High Street with increased footfall and improved pedestrian connection. Careful consideration is needed to not detract from the High Street.
Community owned energy company delivering benefits for climate change, reduced energy usage and costs, and potential to fund local projects. Utilise large areas of flat roof, where the building has a high energy demand, for example, Queen Elizabeth II School.
Enhance the greening of the high street with additional sensitive tree planting
Enterprise Hub offering affordable, quality workspace for small to large companies, alongside a mission to support business and job growth in the area. Future reuse of Graseby House would suit this use.
Promoting pedestrian movement with more attractive and safer walking and cycling routes, for example, to local schools