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Winchmore Hill Residents Association is a non-political group run by residents, who seek to protect the quality of life in Winchmore Hill, now and for future generations

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Planning Application made for plot in Seaforth Gardens – PLANNING APPLICATION REFUSED

The planning application has been made recently but the history of this plan goes back to 2017 and and involves the owners of 35 Broad Walk and the previous owners of 3 Seaforth Gardens creating access with a view to apply for planning permission to develop a plot of land behind these two properties. If this happens then we feel it will set a precedent and this will happen all over Winchmore Hill changing the nature of this area as we are asking for your support in objecting to this.

Here is some background:

In 2017, 3 Seaforth Gardens was sold however the previous owner of the house specifically excluded the garage from the sale that was attached to the left of the property as can be seen here between 1 Seaforth Gardens and 3 Seaforth Gardens.

 

 

The owners of the garage proceeded to fence off the area behind the garage between the gardens that led to the plot, clearing this space clearly with a view to creating an access road. The residents in Seaforth Gardens could see what was happening but this work and the subsequent demolition of the garage could not be stopped as these works fell under permitted development.

 

The residents had no choice but to stand by knowing that these preparations were being made prior to a planning application for the land. It is our understanding there is a covenant covering the gardens that back on to Grovelands but this apparently would not stop a planning application being made or even being granted.

We believe that if the planning application was granted would be set a precedent which would allow this sort of development to be approved across Winchmore Hill and the resulting overdevelopment of the area through backdoor/back garden development.

 

The planning application has now been made which you can view here (this link directly into the planning application page) it appears that the consultation and chance to comment is over but I am assured they have extended the deadline to at least the 20th October so please do comment. The number of the application is 20/02863/FUL if you want to search for it directly on Enfield’s Planning Portal you can click here. (this links to the main search page where you will need to put in the application number).

If you agree with us that this development should not be allowed please go to the planning website and object to this planning application.




Outdoor dining on the Green – consultation underway

The outdoor dining on the slip road next to the Green was part of Enfield’s Streetspace plan in June to give the food businesses in the borough a boost post lockdown by encouraging people to eat and drink outside and providing social distancing that would otherwise be difficult to offer inside the restaurants. It has been a huge success and it has brought a real energy to the Green with many people enjoying the weather and supporting local businesses.

This was set up on a trial basis which we understand runs until the end of the year. The WHRA is supportive of the initiative however we do need to reflect on the fact that there were residents and businesses who were concerned about noise and loss of business. It is understood that the shops that didn’t benefit from this directly are, after a couple of months, beginning to see and feel the benefit from the extra people who are coming to the Green who otherwise wouldn’t be there. These customers making up for the loss of the quick stop and shop customers that were visiting before when the road was open and they were using the parking.

The WHRA would like to an active process in the consultation and shaping the ideas that are being suggested to make this permanent with shelter to enable customers to enjoy the outside dining all year round. It is important that there is a balance that can be struck between the aesthetics of the designs, the practicality and cost for the businesses and the fact that this is a Conservation area so that the streetscape needs to be in keeping with it’s surroundings. We will post more on the website as this consultation and the plans develop.

Please do support the businesses that aren’t offering food and drink if you go to the cafes and restaurants, these other businesses are also important in our community and we need to make sure they benefit from this scheme as well. There is currently a consultation running to find out what local residents think about it run by Enfield. Please make your views known on this initiative. Click on the image below to go to the consultation in a separate window. You will need to have an Enfield Let’s Talk account (free and very quick to set up) to be able to take part in the survey.

 




Fox Lane Low Traffic Neighbourhood Scheme

Fox Lane Low Traffic Neighbourhood (LTN) came into force at the beginning of September and like other LTNs such as the one in Bowes Park there has been a great deal of unhappiness it seems from those both within the LTN whose lives’ and wellbeing it was aimed at improving and those trying to get round it as part of their day to day travels. It is clear that as expected a huge amount of traffic builds up on the main roads either side of the LTN causing a standstill around Palmers Green and Southgate one assumes greatly increasing the pollution either side of the LTN and for the people who live and work on these main roads. It also of course has an impact on emergency services despite the fact that they are in theory meant to be able to access the barriers when needed with keys.

The response to the Bowes Park LTN has been one of outrage and disbelief at a scheme that forces many of the residents to have no choice but to enter and exit their roads from the North Circular. There was a protest and a march as you can see from the photo below.

While the WHRA understands and sympathises with the intention of these schemes to force traffic from speeding along cut throughs to more major roads we are also very sceptical of the effectiveness of these schemes in the long term (Wandsworth council is in the process of removing their LTNs). These schemes are temporary but it remains to be seen whether Enfield will accept what is likely to be overwhelming evidence and strong public opinion to remove them when the “trial” period expires. We are concerned that Winchmore Hill could be the focus of Enfield’s next set of LTNs and while we have traffic issues that do need resolving this is unlikely to be the solution best suited for our area.

If you feel strongly that LTNs should be withdrawn then we would draw your attention to a petition that has been started by someone in Palmers Green on change.org and is currently around the 4,000 signature mark. It can be accessed here.




Brian Foyle passing away in March

This is an article kindly reproduced from Helen Osman’s N21 Online newsletter from the 3rd April 2020. There is likely to be some sort of memorial service for him once things get back to normal after the lock down. We will let you know the details here on the website and via email  when we know more so that the many people who knew him can pay their respects.

 

Brian Foyle, who sadly passed away on the 27th March was well known to many people who live and work in Winchmore Hill Green.

A retired architect, Brian was very active in local affairs in and around Winchmore Hill

He was an enthusiastic committee member of the Winchmore Hill Residents Association, with responsibility for planning.

Robert Taylor President of the Winchmore Hill Residents Association writes.

“Brian was keen to protect Winchmore Hill Green’s unique environment and, to this end, he was a long serving member of Enfield Council’s Conservation Advisory Group.

Relentlessly, but only occasionally successfully, he forthrightly opposed approval being given to householders to create extra rooms above garages and in expanded attics. These, he claimed, completely changed the appearance of many local residential roads – and not for the better.

His other interests included classic cars. He had a blue Austin 7 which, in which he drove around the area on summer days with the top down. He exhibited this car at the Enfield Pageant of Motoring. In his younger days he has been a track marshal at Bentley Owners Club motor racing meetings at Silverstone.

He was also an enthusiastic photographer having been, in the 1980s, a committee member of the Chanticleer Camera Club which met at the Minchenden Centre. Later he was involved with the Enfield Camera Club for several years. He was a keen black and white film photographer but never moved on to digital photography.

Together with his wife Gillian, who passed away in 2017 he had a significant amount of involvement with the Winchmore Hill United Reformed Church and the Compton Players.

For may years Brian and Gillian lived in a Georgian house on Vicars Moor Lane, next the railway bridge, and he once told a neighbour who lived in a similar property “You do not own this house, you are its curator”. He will be sadly missed”

Winchmore Hill councillor Dinah Barry writes:

“Brian will be very much missed for his kindness and his wisdom as well has his many talents”.

I (Helen Osman) would like to add my own memories of Brian. We used to meet for a coffee every few months, usually in the Deli on the Green or the Larder, until Gillian passed away and his own health worsened. We didn’t always see eye to eye, for example, on cycle lanes, the planning application for Buckle & Vaughan; but we shared a love for our home area, Winchmore Hill. Brian was very supportive of what I have tried to achieve over the past decade through n21online.com. Brian always had a twinkle in his eye.