The application for major improvements in Barnard Park has been approved by the planning committee of Islington Council. There was no opposition to the application at the meeting.

The plan will transform the park and create a functional space which will be valuable to the community. The masterplan is the result of many years of consultation and compromise.

The improvements will include a 9-a-side Astroturf sports pitch, a flat grassed area for recreation, a hub building, much improved circulation with all-weather paths and biodiverse planting. The hub building will house public toilets, a park manager's office and a community room and kitchen. This room can be used as a stay and play facility for children under five. The building will meet strict energy standards. A traditional orchard will also be planted in the park.

When will the construction start and the new park be completed? The parks department is now putting together a programme and timeline taking into account planning stipulations. The public will be updated when these decisions are made.