An online ‘planning alerts’ service now gives residents the chance to keep up to date with new developments in the Barnet area.

The free Barnet Planning Alerts service allows residents to sign up for regular email alerts from Barnet council giving details about every new planning application in the Barnet Borough.

Residents wishing to receive the alerts are asked to provide their email address along with either their postcode or the ward of the borough they are interested in.

Those who enter their postcode are then asked to specify whether they would like details of applications within 200 yards, half a mile or a mile of their home.

They will then receive alerts by email, giving them updates on all Barnet applications that have been lodged for properties in their street or local area.

Barnet Planning Alerts has been designed in conjunction with MySociety, a not for profit organisation responsible for public involvement websites such as the Number 10 petitions site.

Planning alerts are one of a series of new web-based initiatives being established by the council, including FixMyStreet, an e-petitions webpage and Barnet Pledgebank.

Councillor Joanna Tambourides, Cabinet Member for Planning, said: “Public input into the planning process is incredibly important, so I’m delighted that this free online service will further open up our planning service and help residents of the borough of Barnet to keep an eye on developments in their neighbourhood.”