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This old pub has now been repurposed as a car rental shop, providing a useful facility to the local community. As we try to prevent 33 lyonsdown road being demolished, which other local buildings could be repurposed and given a new future? #reuse #repurpose

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Make it into a nice traditional pub with a good local crowd! 😔 At least its still standing though. Houses are always needed, ot would make a nice family home, but certainly not a block of flats! Would be nice to be a community asset though. Car rental could be usual I guess as its a local place for the town & so near to the M25.

Shame to lose any pub, let alone a Fullers house 🍺😟 but might have been far worse than a car rental!

Ah well, at least we can hire a car,as and if we are able to return to Barnet, even though our thoughts will be of the White Lion in its Halcyon Days.

Great to see the banners back. Well done to everyone involved. A real fillip for the town.Image attachment
The Spires Shopping Centre has this week been put up for sale as a development opportunity. The price of £25m is heavily discounted from that originally paid reflecting the current state of retail.

Plans have already been drawn up for transforming the site to include residential properties. Given what is happening around the country to similar centres it comes as no surprise. We expect that there has already been some discussion with the Council, and we are now approaching the Planning Department to explore what might be in mind. 

This aerial view is an impression of how a partial redevelopment might look. It shows blocks of flats with retail at ground level in five storey buildings in the centre of the site, with Waitrose and the car park retained.

It will be the current owners who have drawn up any plans for redevelopment. A new owner may have very different ideas, so whatever is on the table at the moment can only be regarded as very tentative.

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I can see this turning into a "How many extra floors can we get away with post planning approval?" session. The old market place seems to have been developed in this mock up too. Do they know something we don't?

I welcome some housing on the site as it's needed in London and a lot of the shops aren't let, but I don't want a 20 storey skyscrapper like is being proposed have over in Enfield. No doubt they'll try and get away with it.

If Barnet Council had any vision at all they’d buy The Spires...

This is so upsetting 😞

Looks like the bandstand will be gone..!

This is what Build Back Better means.

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