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In 2010 several extensive tracts of land and housing along the North Circular, between the Cambridge Intersection to the East and Bowes Park/Telford Road junction to the West, were sold to the Notting Hill Housing Trust with a view to their being developed to improve and increase the housing stock. Read full introduction

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Notting Hill Housing Trust are inviting the public to view and discuss its latest proposals for developing a site in Bowes Road immediately adjacent to Ritz Parade.  The housing developer will be hosting an exhibition this Wednesday and Thursday (29th and 30th November) between 4pm and 8pm at Trinity at Bowes Methodist Church, Palmerston Road, N22 8RA. Plans will be available and the development team will be present to answer any questions you may have and importantly take on board any suggestions.

People unable to visit the exhibition are being invited to find out more about the plans by contacting Leo Jameson (020 7242 0170 or .

site adjacent to ritz paradeThe site comprises the car park and the terrace of shops to the left, plus the land behind them

At a previous exhibition, in November 2016, Notting Hill displayed the two outline drawings shown below. Nothing is known about how much these concepts have changed. The areas referred to as Site 1 and Site 2 are both part of the site covered by next week's exhibition.

notting hill site 1Site 1. The large building to its right is the auditorium of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses (originally the Ritz cinema).  To the left are the existing buildings on Site 2.

notting hill site 2Proposed outlines of development on Site 2

Enfield Council's vision for how this stretch of road might best be developed was set out in a draft Opportunity Site Development Brief, which was consulted on in December 2015.  The council did not exclude the option of demolishing the former Ritz cinema and its surrounding parade, to the dismay of the Broomfield Home Owners' and Residents' Association, who are very keen to preserve this very distinctive local landmark. A search of the council website has failed to find any later versions of the development brief.

ritz paradeRitz Parade, centred around the former cinema, now used by the Jehovah's Witnesses

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PGC Webmaster posted a reply #3419 09 Dec 2017 18:31
The document used by Notting Hill Housing for their consultation event is now on the website (thanks to Matthew Kitching for uploading it to Bowes & Bounds Connected).

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Artist's impression of the proposed new buildings just to the west of Ritz Parade. Ritz Parade is on the very far right of the drawing. A tall building behind the right-hand block is hidden in this view, but would be visible from most perspectives.

Currently Notting Hill do not own all the land needed to build the blocks on the left. Their intention is to build Phase 1 (the right-hand blocks) first. They expect to submit a planning application this month.

As well as flats, there would be provision for shops and other facilities on the ground floor:

At Phase 1, around 300 sq. m is provided within the frontage building and the current thinking is that this would accommodate a foodstore. There would be no parking provided for this as its primary purpose is to serve pedestrians. There would be a dedicated service bay provided at the front of the store to allow deliveries.

At Phase 2, at ground floor level a multi-functional space, approximately 150 sq m in size, will be provided and we intend to apply for a mix of uses that would allow the space to be occupied as a community facility, office, shop and restaurant. Previous plans for this unit included a GP surgery; however, following consultation with the NHS and local healthcare providers over the past year it is clear that this site does not meet the location requirements for such a facility. Notting Hill Housing are continuing discussions with the NHS to establish if there is another opportunity to provide such a facility along the North Circular Road.

Curious that the NHS doesn't want a surgery along here, in view of the large number of people who will be living close by.

You can let Notting Hill have your views using the form below:

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PGC Webmaster posted a reply #3648 23 Feb 2018 22:47

Notting Hill Housing will be talking about their proposals at the Southgate Green Ward Forum on 27th February. A council planning officer will also be at the meeting.

See the article at the top of this page for more background information.
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Roger Blows posted a reply #3657 01 Mar 2018 08:30
The Southgate Green Ward forum was well-attended and both councillors and Notting Hill representatives were well grilled about the developer’s plans for the two Western sections of the Ritz Parade Site. The planning application reference number is 18/00388/OUT. Local residents and others should take a look at the application and send in comments ASAP.

I am not sure that anything very new was revealed at the meeting beyond what has been publicised before. NHHT want to press ahead on the so-called Esso Site which it owns and is working at getting full ownership of the site to the West of the Esso Site where more housing blocks will be added in due course.

The picture remains unchanged: hundreds more people wedged into the toxic-air delights of Calamity Gulch aka the North Circular. Parking provision will be severely restricted. Nothing firm by way of infrastructure is in prospect, be it medical facilities, retail outlets, community space or the sort of social apparatus that a housing scheme might be expected to include. NHHT spoke in speculative terms about a possible “mid-range” food store and maybe a cafe.

Local councillors acknowledged that the Council has no power to ensure either health provision (the NHS controls this and seems to have rejected the idea of a health centre on this part of the NCR) or provision of a meaningful community space or of course a serious cleaning up of the debased air quality in the district.

These issues are real ones as is the question of the architectural character and quality of what will be built. Will a green roof or two ameliorate blocks that will be up to 7 storeys high? This development is destined to rumble on for many years given that the current occupants of the Art Deco Ritz Parade building have a lease running well into the next decade. Getting the scheme right and in accord with the wishes and needs of local people is therefore important.

And sorry, in the midst of all this, forgot to raise a question about the Fish ‘n’ Chip van in the Park.....
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PGC Webmaster posted a reply #3661 01 Mar 2018 22:14
Roger, thanks for a typically insightful summary.

A second person has written up the meeting. Sarah Dodgson posted the following to the Enfield Voices Facebook Group as part of the Enfield Voices Citizen Journalism initiative.

Southgate Green Ward Forum Tues 27/3

It's hard to go out on a cold night but this is the next Ward along from Bowes so...

There were about 50 people there to hear a presentation by Notting Hill Housing Trust. There are real problems being discussed here, even though very few of them could be solved by the Council under the present political arrangements.

Nevertheless a strong presence of informed council officers had come to back up the planners and developers, together with all three Councillors and the cabinet member for this corner of the Borough. A formidable panel.

The audience was also experienced in outcomes. Great potential for a stand off but actually a good informative exchange of ideas.

(So tempting to write this up as a boxing match but people were being polite ...)

The Ritz parade on the north side of the North Circular west of Clockhouse Junction, east of the turn at Wilmer Way, has been scruffy for years since the sell off by Transport for London of "road expansion space" in 2009. As it is a patchwork of ownership and upkeep, it is planning and road blight exemplified.

Notting Hill Housing are working with the council to provide housing on the site based on two years of consultations, but at present only have a portion of the site in their possession and ready to go.

(I was amused by the "indicative images" on the slide show featuring about three cars on the North Circular and some very elegant pedestrians.)

The current plans can be seen here

Ref 18/00388/OUT. or email

Input from the audience focussed on several interesting aspects from which other wards can learn
(ding ding round one...)

1. The ratio of units to parking spaces. 37 flats to 17 spaces is a recipe for more overflow parking on the streets already crowded with Tube station parking overflow. Free participation for three years in a Car Club for new occupants was not considered enough by those with prior experience of local developments with too little parking space. They were asking for residents in the new blocks to be automatically excluded from any local prospective CPZ, and by implication on the consultations relating to that, as a restrictive clause in the sale of the flats. Reduction in value of development versus existing community just before an election. Residents might win that one....

2. Inclusion of solid planting of shrubs along the borders between the traffic and the pavement to reduce air pollution on the pedestrian route. OR provision of a green pedestrian route through the site to allow people to walk parallel to the north circular away from the pollution. A route passing through the "underground" car park did not sound ideal. The developers were challenged to rethink this kind of provision for pedestrians in their plans. The developers did not look keen....nobody actually mentioned gates on the site but through pedestrian routes are not compatible with raised gardens, privacy and security.....

3. Financial Contributions from the developers, legally paid to the council towards the costs of reducing the impact of their development. ( see "CIL charges" and "Section 106" charges) Now here it became obvious that some of the "generous" funds, given to the council out of the developers "profits" under these national legal arrangements, were not going to be spent directly in the area under pressure, but in those areas identified by the council as a priority ie not in Southgate Green or on local schools. The sheer size of Enfield creates issues here. But if the Southgate Green community come up with a plan everyone behind the table promised to look at it and it might attract some of the funds which point the point was made very clearly that the residents had already said what they wanted, in two consultations, so why should they do their Councillors' jobs for them......

4. Just what is a community space? When is a cafe a "chain coffee shop" and when is it a "community space"? When the outcome of a long consultation requests inclusion of a meeting space in the plans, and the developers offer a commercial space that might house a community cafe....or might not....are they meeting the design brief? (This ward meeting was not actually meeting inside the ward boundaries, such is the shortage of community meeting spaces)

5. Impact on schools and doctors' surgeries of additional people. This was so obviously outside the remit of developers, council officers and even Councillors that discussion here was pointless. Nevertheless a two week wait for an appointment (personal experience) means that interest in exactly where the local NHS Commissioning Group would commit to a new health centre was keen. A half promise from the developers to look at a site near Clock House Junction needs a strong follow up.
6. No comfort was offered to the parents of the overflow Bowes New Southgate primary school currently occupying spare classrooms in Broomfield School. Due to be evicted from that site by Broomfield after 2020, (B need the space back for secondary provision), the parents present were outspoken in their quiet desperation. They are caught in a trap, between developers prioritising housing, land-banking in the borough, and that their educational trust was not top of the list for the few sites and funds available.

Boxing aside, the reality is that there are no grounds for an appeal in all this. It would cost too much and likely lose. The adverse effects of increasing the number of people expected to live in our spaces, whether it be local water shortages or more rubbish collections or poor access to schools or GPs, none of these effects have the power to override the need to maximise the housing available in these sites. Meanwhile buildings sit empty elsewhere in the borough.

It all felt a long way away from the optimism of the 2012 North Circular Development Plan.

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Colin Younger posted a reply #3662 01 Mar 2018 22:46
Two good summaries of the forum.

On the medical centre issue as with much else neither developers nor council are able to deliver the much needed infrastructure.

The Ritz parade site didn't suit local GPs or the CCG . The space was too little for current requirements and not where the demand is. The need is for facilities East and west of the Ritz parade as I heard it.

Notting Hill Housing said the next stage of development at the Green Lane junction could provide space more suitable for a polyclinic type operation and I think that they said that were in discussion with the CCG, but this is years away from likely development.

Neither councillors nor residents were happy with the situation but the litany of problems has been rehearsed at so many such meetings that resignation rather than rage seemed to be the predominant feeling.

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The agenda has now been published online for the meeting of the Bowes, Palmers Green and Southgate Green Area Forum on Thursday 25 July.

Attached to the minutes of the last meeting is a brief written update on the status of various planning applications submitted by the Notting Hill Housing Trust relating to the property it owns along the North Circular Road.  This reads as follows:

  • Site 15abc (located at Pevensey Avenue/ Hastings Road) has been granted permission with conditions and S106 signed. 33 Residential Units
  • Site 1abc (located close to Melville Gardens) will likely be granted planning permission inside the next few weeks, awaiting S106 completion. 17 Residential Units
  • Site 11 and 14 ( at Bowes Road Telford Road junction) have received planning approval at planning committee in April, although there are still negotiations in relation to S106, but sites are likely to be granted planning permission with conditions and S106 completion inside the next few months. 118 Residential Units combined. 
  • Site 6 (at Broomfield Road). There are still a number of outstanding issues with the design and primarily in relation to quality of the family housing accommodation and standard of private amenity space. There are also outstanding issue with the design in general that need to be resolved. A likely Planning committee date will be the 20th of August although more than likely it would be the end of September. 125 Residential Units combined over two planning applications. 

The written update also includes information about the application by McDonalds to build a "drive-thru" restaurant at 188 Bowes Road (near Ritz Parade), which has been the focus of a protest campaign by members of the public, backed up by local councillors and MP David Burrowes.  On this point, the information provided by the Council states:

The McDonalds application at 188 Bowes Road does not form part of any negotiations as part of the NCRAAP. This site was put up for sale and it is understood McDonalds have purchased it. They submitted an application for preapplication advice and were advised that an application for a drive thru would not be supported. The current application has now been submitted in any event and is due to be determined by 1st of August, where it will highly likely to be refused by officers. There will be no need for it to go to planning committee, although an appeal can be submitted for it.

The meeting at 7.30pm on 25th July is open to all residents of the three wards and will be held in the meeting room at the back of the Fox pub - accessible from Fox Lane.

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Broomfield Homeowners and Residents' Association (BHORA) are appealing for support from members of the public for their campaign to change plans for new flats which Notting Hill Housing Trust is set to build along the North Circular Road.  BHORA want as  many individuals as possible to send in separate objections to the planned construction on "Site 6" - for details of the plans, see this earlier report.  

Caroline Chenier, Chairman of BHORA, has sent the following message to other campaigning groups requesting their support:

HELP OPPOSE THE A406 FLATS at site 6, Bowes Road between Powys Lane and Pymmes Close. 

Send an objection letter to Enfield, which you can download from the BHORA website:

Under the North Circular Area Action Plan, Notting Hill Housing Trust have planned a number of sites for development of blocks or high rised flats along the A406. This development will greatly increase the density of the population in the small local area, with little or no provision for the increases in demands that will be placed on the social infrastructure.  This includes a lack of parking spaces for the flats which means that the surrounding roads will effectively end up being an overspill; and the lack of provision for both drivers and pedestrians to access or exit the flats. Risk Assessments of the site performed by BHORA show a very high risk of danger, of which Notting Hill have not considered.

Many BHORA residents want to see a revision of the development plans to provide sensible housing sympathetic to the surrounding area bearing in mind the impacts stated above.  These are some of the points raised in the objection letter against one of the sites (i.e. site 6, Bowes Road), which you can download from the BHORA website.

Please help support this campaign by taking a few minutes to download and send the objection letter today.

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Despite vigorous opposition from existing local residents, at its meeting on 23rd April Enfield Council's Planning Committee approved applications from the Notting Hill Housing Trust to build new flats on two locations ("Site 11" and "Site 14") near the junction of Bowes Road and Telford Road on the North Circular.  Among the concerns raised by opponents of the scheme are fears that the planned residential density is too high for the location and that there will be insufficient car parking space.

For a report of the meeting, see the North London Today website.  For details of the applications, see the Council website and previous reporting on Palmers Green Community.

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Enfield Council has now published the minutes of the Planning Panel meeting held on 28 February to discuss Notting Hill Housing Trust's planning applications for land near the Bowes Road/Telford Road intersection.  The minutes record questions and comments made by local residents and councillors, along with the answers provided by the developers.  As we reported earlier, the meeting was very well attended - the minutes estimate that 200 members of the public were present - which is indicative of the degree of opposition that has been voiced.

Documents in PDF format are available using the links below:

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Plans by the Notting Hill Housing Trust to significantly increase the density of housing along the North Circular Road, near the Bowes Road/Telford Road intersection, were discussed at a meeting of Enfield Council's Planning Panel at a packed meeting held on 28 February at the Trinity-at-Bowes Centre.

According to a posting on the Bowes & Bounds United website, opposition to the plans from members of the public appeared to be unanimous.  A Bowes Park resident, Nikki Salih, from the Ritz Parade Traders Association, is urging concerned people to sign a petition, which can obtained from Jag's Trophies, 160 Bowes Road, N11 2JG, and can also be downloaded.

The controversy relates to four planning applications, outline details of which are available here.  They entail construction of over two hundred new residential units to replace a much smaller number of older properties.  Opponents of the scheme consider that the proposed housing density is too high, that there would be negative impacts on traffic and parking and that local infrastructure - schools, doctors, etc - would be overwhelmed.  Support for the opposition has been voiced by the Head Teacher of Broomfield School, who considers that the new buildings would make his school claustrophobic and gloomy.

Concerns about Notting Hill's plans were raised earlier in the month at the local Area Forum, when council officers made it clear that the planning applications were not compatible with the levels of population density envisaged by the North Circular Area Action Plan, which will be officially published on 8th March and presented at a public event on 9th March.  The same meeting heard accusations that the housing trust was to some extent undermining the principles of the action plan by submitting planning applications in small tranches, without making clear what its overall intentions were for the tracts of land that it now owns along the North Circular.  This land had been in public hands for many years, awaiting decisions about future widening of the North Circular, and was sold to Notting Hill in 2010 once road widening plans had been finalised.

However, the Council did provide a crumb of comfort to people opposing the scheme, when an officer stated that deadlines for submission of comments on planning applications were not absolute -  planning officials would take account of any comments that arrived after the deadline but before they had begun considering the applications.

Detailed documents relating to the planning applications are available using the links below:

A document which describes Notting Hill's overall vision for redevelopment of the North Circ in the Palmers Green district is available here.

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A group of local residents have raised concerns about an application by the Notting Hill Housing Association to demolish houses in Bowes Road between Powys Lane and Pymmes Close and build a total of 225 new dwellings.  The concerns are outlined in some detail in a forum post on the Bowes & Bounds United website and relate the a planning application that can be accessed on the Enfield Council website.

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