Toenablemembers of the ConservationAdvisoryGroup to bringup urgentmatters not covered elsewhere on theagenda
1. Cemetery House, Church Street, N9 NHP
A photograph of the house was shown. Cemetery House is an attractive building built around 1840 which had been in a very poor condition and has recently been restored inside and out by the applicant for his corporate headquarters.
A planning application to replace the stable block and side extension with a row of residential properties is being considered. The stable block and extension are close to structural failure.
AGREED that Bridget Pereira and Dennis Stacey would meet the developer to discuss his proposals and report back to CAG.
2. Travis Perkins Building, Winchmore Hill
A view of the proposed building was shown. A working group (John West, Peter Fisk and Dennis Stacey) had met the developer and had agreed changes which improved the overall presentation of the building. The proposals for the shopfront signage would need to be seen before CAG could give any final approval.
The most important aspect is the relationship of the building with Its immediate neighbour; the Grade 2 listed police station. The shape of the building could not be altered. The working party accepted that position following a detailed review of the design and the need to include required social housing. The architect agreed to provide colour montages showing alternative brick finish (lighter but not red) to the main elevations CAG are also seeking a much improved design for the shopfront and its presentation to the street. The design of the shopfront, facia and signage is to be fully developed and included in the initial planning application.
3. Bridge House
An elevation of the building was shown. Bridge House had received planning permission and members of a CAG working party (Andrew Newman, Peter Fisk and Dennis Stacey) were working with the architect to make the design more acceptable in conservation terms. The windows were being discussed and improvements to the detailing suggested. The mock chimneys may be bought back. The architect was due to return to the Council and the working party, in the next three weeks, with the agreed amendments and 1:20 details.
4. Tree Officers
The council’s tree officers will be attending the next meeting to give a general overview.
5. 15 Ridgeway
Discussions with the case officer had taken place. The views of CAG had been fed through. If refusal was not being sought then the application would be bought back to CAG.
6 4 Gentlemen’s Row
The case officer had made a site visit and was minded to approve the application for a rear roof extension. More information was needed about how the proposals relate to the area and the impact they would have. It will mean one flat square roof amongst a terrace that currently hangs together well. There was a discussion to be had about the impact of changes to the rear the buildings in a conservation area. Bridget would talk to the case officer about this application.
7. Grade 2 Georgian Terrace on Southgate Green
Concern was raised about an application to put in a window on a blank wall in the grade II listed building. The original drawings showed that there was no window.
8. The Fox Public House, Palmers Green
The pub had recently been sold to new owners. There was speculation on social media about their plans. CAG agreed to monitor the situation.
9. Trent Park Gates
The gates had recently been poorly repaired. Christine would speak to construction maintenance and feedback to members.
10. CAG Representation from the Edmonton Green/Fore Street Conservation Areas
Christine had met a possible candidate at a recent consultation meeting However there has been no further interest. The group would welcome a representative from this area. The Enfield Society had been active in the area and would be consulted again by the chair.
11. Southgate Office Village
Councillor Charith Gunawardena requested an update on the Southgate Office Village application discussed at the last meeting.
CAG recognised the need for more housing but were concerned at the lack of strategic overview and objected to the proposals as put forward in the presentation. They felt that the Council should make it clear by zoning areas where tall building may be acceptable and that policy should not be led by responding to applications from developers. The Local Plan should help address this.