Plans to build a golf course on a field known as the “lungs of Edgware” have been withdrawn after fierce opposition.
Campaigners are celebrating after developers pulled the plug on the proposed development at Bury Farm, in Edgwarebury Lane, Edgware.
The Broadfields Estate Residents Association organised a petition to save the farm from closure back in October last year.
The application received 1,506 objections on Barnet Borough Council’s website, and Hendon and Golders Green MP Matthew Offord also voiced his disquiet at the potential closure.
GLA member for Barnet Andrew Dismore said: “It’s important we’ve got this result but it’s a pity it’s taken so long. We’ve had so many months of worry and aggravation.
“Now we’ve all got a sense of relief, a lot of time went into fighting those plans.”
The land makes up three per cent of Edgware’s green belt, but has no protection due to a legal loophole.
The farm was a prime spot for dog walkers, horse riders and ramblers and Mr Offord described it as "the jewel in Edgware’s crown”.
Bury Farm was founded in the 1200s and was sold to All Souls College, Oxford, in 1442. It was due to be leased to Tony Menai-Davis, who owns The Shire Golf Club, in Barnet.
Last year, London Mayor Boris Johnson told him he would have to make certain tweaks to his application before it would comply with London guidelines.
He previously told the Times Series he felt the campaigners had “misrepresented” the facts and the course would have been a “well wanted, well needed” facility.
The Times Series has contacted Mr Menai-Davis for a comment.