The derelict Barnet pub is to be demolished, with a nursery built instead

The site of a north London pub which burnt down six years ago is to be given a new lease of life. Plans to demolish it and build a nursery on the East Barnet site have been approved.

The jester was badly damaged by a fire in 2018 and has remained a “miracle shop” ever since. Now, a three-story nursery and two semi-detached houses will be built in its place.

The future of the derelict site, which is at the junction of Northfield Road and Grove Road, has been a source of local debate for six years, with previous redevelopment plans refused on the grounds that it would lead to a loss of community space.

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Space planned for 100 children

But plans for the nursery, to be run by childcare service Happy Journeys Day Nurseries, will provide space for up to 100 children and 27 jobs and is proposed for the central section of the site. The two houses are proposed for Northfield Road, next to the nursery.

The application has been recommended for approval by Barnet Council ahead of a planning committee meeting on Monday 13 May. Although two members of the public were scheduled to speak in objection to the plans, neither turned up.

The officers present confirmed that the provision of a nursery was defined as a ‘community asset’.

Happy Journeys Day nurseries will offer space for up to 100 children and 27 jobs

Edith David, an East Barnet ward councilor, said she and fellow Labor ward councilor Simon Radford had worked closely with residents and the council to come up with a workable plan and stressed that a decision on what to do with the space was a “long-lasting”. ‘ talk shows.