A seventh betting shop will open in Hendon Central after getting the green light from Barnet City Council today.
Roar Betting Ltd will open a branch in Central Circus, a short walk from rival betting chains Paddy Power, Coral, Ladbrokes and Bet Fred.
People living in the area opposed the plans, saying another betting shop would increase anti-social behavior.
Speaking at today’s licensing subcommittee meeting, Colin Crone, who has lived in Hendon for 15 years, said: “In the last few years there has been an increase in betting shops. and a greater increase in anti-social behavior.
“People hang out, there are often men urinating in the flower beds. And my wife feels threatened because she is being asked for money.
“There is also a lot of spit outside and cigarette butts.”
Grace Lai, who has lived in Hendon for more than 20 years, admitted that she often felt “threatened” as she walked past stores.
She said: “My whole family uses the main street to go to work or school and I think bringing more betting shops to the area will cause a lot of problems.
“Seeing a lot of men smoking outside is very intimidating. I feel threatened – honestly.
“I really don’t see why we need one more betting shop.”
But John Morse, a lawyer representing Roar Betting, said their concerns were not grounds for rejecting the request, while company director Dominic Ford stressed he was not in their interest in letting people hang out in front of their premises.
After discussing the request, advisers Andreas Tambourides, Maureen Braun and Wendy Prentice agreed.
BBC Radio 4 collaborator Lis Howell attended the meeting on behalf of her friend Colette Cooney who was unable to attend as she was at work.
She said, “Like many apps that go by, this is a joke. The advisers were toothless – they could have rejected it, but they hid behind bad law. ”
Mr Ford said: “I am happy that the local authority can recognize the positive contribution to employment and economic activity that we can offer to the region.
“We are going to invest a large amount of money in the main street and create five new jobs.
“It’s good for businesses to have a clean environment that everyone wants to come to and that’s what we’ll provide. ”