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    • Regenerating Palmers Green town centre
    • The mixed, ie not simply retail, is exactly where planning sees town centres headed, finally. It’s all come to a bit of a head now with the perfect storm of austerity / Brexit / rate changes hitting pockets, but what’s called the “polarisation” of high streets has been in plain sight for many years: that’s the internet combined with Westfield’s and the like stripping out high street business, leaving less demand for many items, effectively nil demand for a lot more, all resulting in a high street residual focus on in-fill convenience goods and non-internetable services such as haircuts. This follows the previous supermarket wave – go to Sainsburys at Winchmore Hill and you can see the previous history of our local high streets spread across its huge expanse of tarmac. The London expectation (and plan) is for town centres to shrink in retail terms, to see housing within them as well as a whole range of mixed use outlets – entertainment, health, leisure and such. In places also add in a push towards a night time economy. So at a base level a town centre generally will need to be a place where people will wish to go to and also to stay. Looking “nice” is...
    • In Planning and Development / Palmers Green Town Centre Environmental Improvements
    • Author Karl Brown
    • 17 Apr 2018 14:54
    • Regenerating Palmers Green town centre
    • Hi there - saw this article today in the Guardian. It suggests High Street transformation does not just have to be about retail but about developing a wider user experience. In addition to transforming the aesthetic (consistent well maintained shop fronts, greenery, less traffic) there is also the argument for changing the way in which we 'engage' with the High Street and empty retail units become spaces for opportunity. www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/a...ets-heart-cities-web
    • In Planning and Development / Palmers Green Town Centre Environmental Improvements
    • Author Rebecca Singh
    • 17 Apr 2018 13:48
    • People's Vote campaigners target Southgate
    • Thanks for posting, missed them Saturday. I also back the big Remain/Pro-EU push to only back candidates from pro EU parties, i.e. Lib Dem, Green or, if you're lucky to have a candidate standing, Renew Britain. Sadly this means not being able to back Labour given its support of Tory Brexit, pity as I love the local councillors work on the Mini Holland cycle lanes and continued support/defence of them.
    • In Other Subjects / Miscellaneous
    • Author David Eden
    • 16 Apr 2018 11:30
    • Families say "Thank you for the bike lanes"
    • £350m extra weekly for the NHS via the big red bus, Turkey, and so 70 million potential UK migrants to join the EU, and now, Enfield Council funded the cycle lanes. There is a real democratic issue in politicians spouting such popularist matter in the hope of getting across the election line. Damage is long term, not only to their personal credibility but to the wider population left to live with the misinformation. Conservative councillor Ertan Hurer writes in the latest Palmers Green Life. For a number of years he has suggested I take a close look at the council’s budget. Let me now refer him to Cabinet minutes of April 2015 (copied below) – a position I have little doubt he is well aware of. Very clearly a TFL funded project. Remember the numerous “send the money back to the Mayor” yellow posters. I wonder just what was meant in this parallel world of misinformation and u turns. Maybe they meant back to the mayor of Enfield? Before him declaring a ”white elephant” and “waste of money”, it’s probably worth reflecting that the first of the segregated lanes was not even complete when his piece was written and none of the near 40 quieter neighbourhoods...
    • In Traffic, Roads and Parking / Cycle Enfield/Mini-Holland
    • Author Karl Brown
    • 13 Apr 2018 14:29
    • Revised Fox planning application submitted
    • Supporting an overall concept but refusing to accept minutiae detail and block the whole as a result is very different from backing a development. Reality is it has local backing but a vocal minority oppose for minor detail reasons. Which is what in the past has stopped anything getting done. The car park has been an eye sore as long as I can remember. Pollarding or not, it was still a pig and a waste of valuable space. As for function room usage - numbers have been debated on this very website in fact therefore it is a tad insincere to suggest this was a provocation from leftfield, not something widely discussed in the open domain. Can't remember when Heineken bought the existing operator-owner of the pub, but it's been an awful shabby dump since I moved into the area in 2009. The letter I wrote was not long (am happy to repost if desired) it simply set out the views I wanted to air at the committee meeting. If I had not been runover 2 months ago and still in a leg brace, boot and crutches, I would have attended. Part of it's purpose was to highlight the feeling shared by a number of my age cohort, that younger views and interests get over-ridden by more vocal maturer...
    • In Planning and Development / Planning & Development: Miscellaneous subjects
    • Author David Eden
    • 12 Apr 2018 17:48
    • Regenerating Palmers Green town centre
    • I thought this reply from Peter George was worth posting. Thank you for your e-mail regarding the quality of the shop frontages in Palmers Green. Supporting and enhancing all our town centres is high on our agenda. The quality of shop frontages which you describe is indeed a challenge that all of the town centres in the borough face and have in common. As you rightly say, we do have shopfront design guidance, which is on our website. We can and do still reference it, albeit it no longer currently has Supplementary Planning Document status. Going forward over the medium term, we envisage developing a suite of design guidance. We will revisit shopfront design guidance and its status as you have suggested, as part of this programme. More immediately, where breaches of planning control have occurred we will continue to look at enforcement action where appropriate. In terms of reversing the current situation, we did (with the support of local group Palmers Green Reimagined) approach the Heritage Lottery Fund Townscape Heritage Initiative last year, to explore funding for a shop front grant scheme. Unfortunately such a scheme in the Palmers Green area did not fit with their funding...
    • In Planning and Development / Palmers Green Town Centre Environmental Improvements
    • Author Colin Younger
    • 11 Apr 2018 19:00
    • Revised Fox planning application submitted
    • Well, I wasn't going to raise this until I saw David Eden's posting. To be clear, I support the idea of a refurbished Fox pub and that housing should be included in the project. I went to the Planning Committee last night and was surprised how the balance of residents’ views was reported to the Committee. The Planning Officer referred only to the crude total figure of those supporting the Fox refurbishment. Support for refurbishment after years of neglect and poor service delivery is not surprising, but the extensive reservations from many groups about the scale of the development and the uncertain future of the function room were ignored. Two letters of support from individuals were quoted, but there was no reference to any letters raising concerns. The fact was glossed over that the general level of support was from consultations on a previous set of plans before the new floor was added and the future of the function room became cloudy. Much was made of the appearance of the car park, but there was no reference to the fact that it was hidden by mature trees on all sides until they were suddenly felled - just before the development plans began to surface. In addition...
    • In Planning and Development / Planning & Development: Miscellaneous subjects
    • Author Colin Younger
    • 11 Apr 2018 17:53
    • Joining forces to challenge local politicians to create My Liveable London
    • After all the campaigning over the last few years to refuse mini Holland funding for Quieter Neighbourhoods across Enfield, are we to presume that the local Conservative party and various associates will also decline seeking a Liveable London? "The Goverment are making cycling and walking more accessible to everyone because of the substantial health and environmental benefits - it will also be a boost for businesses." The Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP, Secretary of State for Transport, 2017
    • In Traffic, Roads and Parking / Road Traffic
    • Author Karl Brown
    • 11 Apr 2018 14:45
    • Revised Fox planning application submitted
    • "Some of their arguments are weak". Funny. I think that of most of the objections. Function room - officers rightly understand that a occasionally used room (once, maybe twice, a week max) that isn't always full cannot detract from the whole regeneration of the pub which will hopefully be busy every day of the week (unlike the current dump). Something more akin to the nicer pubs of Winchmore Hill. Scale/massing/height - it was smaller/lower but the council wanted the affordable housing upped therefore recommended a floor was added. The way some people speak on here you'd think it was towering over the Fox and other neighbouring buildings which is simply untrue. What it IS a lot bigger than, is the horrible ugly car park wasteland that occupies the space now. Objections can go on ad finitum, because everybody holds a different view and some people, notably objectors, want their views heard and acted upon over-riding all others. Whereas some of us happy to see a high quality redevelopment that offers much needed affordable housing and regeneration potential to a struggling high street. The planning committee made a massive mistake going against officers recommendations...
    • In Planning and Development / Planning & Development: Miscellaneous subjects
    • Author David Eden
    • 06 Apr 2018 16:06
    • Regenerating Palmers Green town centre
    • Hi Colin I have proof of Peter George responding back to my email. On 16 Feb 2018 5:26 pm, "Peter George" <> wrote: Classification: OFFICIAL I did undertake an initial walkabout in Palmers Green yesterday with two of the ward councillors, copied here, and two community representatives. That walkabout generated a number of ideas which we are looking to take forward. We are planning to organise a much larger walkabout later in May which I will make sure you are invited to. Regards, Peter George Assistant Director – Regeneration & Planning Regeneration and Environment Enfield Council Silver Street Enfield EN1 3ES
    • In Planning and Development / Palmers Green Town Centre Environmental Improvements
    • Author Joe Mark O'Connor
    • 06 Apr 2018 14:57
    • Revised Fox planning application submitted
    • I was surprised to see the planning officer's report claiming the 'scheme is of a high quality, sensitive in its approach'. Some of their arguments are very weak. For example it considers the community's needs for a function room will be met based on how often the existing room has been used when even the developers themselves have pointed out the poor state of the room. Whatever you think about the function room, my point is that the argument is flawed as past use cannot be a guide to how a better room would be used in the future. My primary concern is the visual impact of the new buildings. Here the main justification seems to be that there are already buildings of a variety of heights around the Fox. But the assessment should have focused on the impact to the Fox itself. The scale and 'massing' of a development has always been a legitimate planning issue and I struggle to see how the new buildings could be considered to sit harmoniously in scale with the Fox. I'm not against development and I'm not against a modern design, but it needs to be of the right scale. Because of the need for more housing, the government recently announced there will be changes to the planning...
    • In Planning and Development / Planning & Development: Miscellaneous subjects
    • Author Graham Bennett
    • 06 Apr 2018 09:50
    • More frequent trains from May, but the complete new service will be delayed until December 2019
    • The rush hour service uses all the trains currently available, they can't increase it until the new fleet arrives, which will have more trains. But the date for these new trains appears to have slipped somewhat. As regards drivers, I've heard that some train operating companies are infamous for poaching drivers that have been trained at the expense of another company. They can afford to pay higher salaries because they haven't had to fork out for the training. It's a dog-eat-dog world in the exciting land of privatised railways.
    • In Other Subjects / Public Transport
    • Author Basil Clarke
    • 05 Apr 2018 22:36
    • More frequent trains from May, but the complete new service will be delayed until December 2019
    • Neil Morris’ analysis suggests an odd approach by the train co: ultimately double the midday service to 6 trains and hour yet keep the crammed peak morning rush hours service at 6 trains per hour. Perhaps they hope the move to all six car trains will help safely fit in the majority who are not supporting “baby on board” badges. Getting so many trains (remember plus Welwyn line) in and out again of dead-end Moorgate always struck me as some challenge. I’m curious about the 12 month training programme to produce all the drivers for the original planned 6 trains per hour from May 18, now to be December 19. Did they ever exist; will they now drive trains elsewhere or merely drink tea in some glass case for drivers waiting for trains? Let’s see if there’s ever a “train cancelled due to lack of drivers” post May. As if.
    • In Other Subjects / Public Transport
    • Author Karl Brown
    • 05 Apr 2018 17:13
    • Revised Fox planning application submitted
    • Flawed in your opinion. Accept it or let the place rot, that's what opposition has to decide. Save for personal taste the application has minimal fault, hence why it has been recommended by planning officers, hopefully Enfield don't mess another decision up at Committee and let the building crumble. Developers aren't charities, can't expect them to build the build YOU want regardless of viability, needs to be sensible compromise and it is impossible to argue what's proposed isn't better than what's there now.
    • In Planning and Development / Planning & Development: Miscellaneous subjects
    • Author David Eden
    • 05 Apr 2018 16:19
    • Regenerating Palmers Green town centre
    • The rents are very high and on top of that you have to think about rates. Plus the lease is usually at least 5 years which is a big commitment for small traders. What about some pop-up shops? I run a small vintage business on the side and would love to collaborate with a few other vintage traders I know to open a temporary retail space in one of the many empty shops on the high street. If anyone knows of any pop-up shop opportunities please do let me know. It could give the high street a bit of a boost and some retro charm?
    • In Planning and Development / Palmers Green Town Centre Environmental Improvements
    • Author Cara McD
    • 05 Apr 2018 15:58
    • Revised Fox planning application submitted
    • No one that I know of objects to a better pub, neglected by owners and tenants for years, nor for the additional housing, but why on earth should we be expected to accept a flawed design? Many people have tried to get the developers to do better, but though they trumpet support (not actually that we were consulted on THIS design) they ignore any reservations as if they did not exist, and indeed have taken back ground on the size of the function room and height of the main block. Just as an indication, they claim that the additional floor lessens the massing of th bock because it's a light finish, so in their physics more makes less! It reinforces the idea that consultation and publc engagement is a one way street.
    • In Planning and Development / Planning & Development: Miscellaneous subjects
    • Author Colin Younger
    • 05 Apr 2018 15:51

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