Planning & Development

The Enfield Cycling Campaign is hoping that by organising a "Cycle Cash Mob" to coincide with the Palmers Green Festival of Shopping they will be able to soothe the concerns of shopkeepers in Green Lanes about the effects of the planned "Mini-Holland" cycle improvements on their businesses. The Shopping Carnival will be held on Saturday 5th July and the Cycling Campaign is asking its members - and anyone else who would like to see safer conditions for cyclists in Palmers Green - to assemble in.......
Fox Lane and District Residents' Association are asking residents to object to an application to fell a large oak tree which is protected by a Tree Preservation Order. The tree (see photograph) is on land between the railway line and Caversham Avenue where the developers Sherrygreen are currently building new flats and houses. For more information, visit the Fox Lane website........

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In response to a Freedom of Information request, Enfield Council have provided drawings from late 2013 showing the concepts, at that time, for implementing cycle lanes along the Palmers Green and Winchmore Hill stretch of Green Lanes.  As we reported in April on the basis of another document, the newly released material does show parking bays at various points along Green Lanes between Bourne Hill and the Triangle - on the eastern side only between Bourne Hill and Fox Lane and on both sides.......

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  Both the discussions on the mini-Holland scheme and the consultation on the future of Palmers Green raise issues about the shopping environment. One of the most significant influences on the street scene, whether in a Conservation Area (as along parts of Aldermans Hill) or more generally, is the appearance of shop fronts themselves. This can be as subtle as the colouring and lettering on shop fronts or as “in your face” as the spread of the solid shop front security shutters which.......
Betty Wright was born in Southgate Town Hall in 1927 and grew up there.  She would love to see its interior again before the developers get to work turning it into flats.  Someone trying to help her achieve that ambition is Suzanne Beard of Palmers Green Jewel in the North, who recently wrote an open letter to a number of Enfield councillors asking them to try to arrange this, pointing out that she had earlier written to the then Mayor making the same request, but after a promising.......
A planning application pertaining to a new Sainsbury's Local store in Green Lanes was submitted to Enfield Council this week.  As expected, it will occupy the premises previously belonging to the Turkish food shop 1001 Supermarket and the adjacent Palmers Green News paper shop.  However, it does not include the former Coffee Culture cafe, which last week reopened as Kiva Coffee House and Brasserie (see this Enfield Independent report.). Sainsbury's are planning to open the new store.......
"High Street parking might disappear under Mini-Holland Scheme!!!" is the headline on a leaflet issued by the Enfield Business and Retail Association (EBRA) and Green Lanes Business Association (GLBA), in which the two trade bodies warn that "It is highly likely that Pay and Display parking bays will be removed on both sides of the High Streets outside the local shops".  The N21 Online website uses the lurid headline "Are our High Streets about to be Sacrificed for the Mini-Holland Superbike.......

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A London Assembly study has highlighted the increasing vulnerability of pedestrians in London and is critical of the policies of the Mayor of London and Metropolitan Police. Feet First: Improving Pedestrian Safety in London is a newly published report by the Assembly's Transport Committee, which comprises members from the Conservative, Labour, Liberal Democratic and Green parties. In their executive summary the Committee set out the current state of affairs: More pedestrians are killed or.......
On 4 March planning permission was granted for refurbishment of Palmers Green Library.  The official planning documentation can be found on the Council website, the most interesting documents being the Planning Statement and Design and Access Statement. The exterior of the building, now separated from the adjacent former town hall, will be renovated and a new entrance and new liftshaft built on the north-eastern corner (see illustration).  Inside the building, only about half of the.......
According to the Enfield Council officers involved, last weekend's public consultation about improving the "Public Realm" in Palmers Green went well, and they were pleasantly surprised at the level of interest and the amount of time many local residents spent engaging with the 3D model of Palmers Green town centre.  They have begun analysing the information they gathered from residents and hope in the near future to be able to provide some initial information about the most important themes.......

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