As you may have noticed, the transformation Barnard Park envisaged by landscape architects, Latz+Partner and endorsed by the Council in March 2009 has not materialised. In this post-financial-crisis world, there is not the money to fulfil the Latz vision. Efforts have been made to downsize the plan to an affordable version, but even those proved unaffordable. That said, there is some money for the improvement of Barnard Park.
A new masterplan was put on the table in October 2015. The Friends of Barnard Park support the proposed plan which is creative, in scale with the landscape and to be executed on a relatively small budget. This plan, illustrated below, contains a new 3G pitch with an astro-turf surface, a large, multi-use grass area and a central hub space with seating. The proposal appeared before the Council planning committee in July and was deferred for further consideration.
The plan has now been reintroduced with a fence making the circular space dog free. The area will be bookable for sports with mobile flood lights available. The planning committee resolved to grant planning permission for the proposal on May 9 this year. However, the application has now been ‘called in’ by the Secretary of State to be examined again. Yet another delay. Watch this space!