Four-star hotel to make way for care home

Royal Chace Hotel has been closed for nearly two years, reports James Cracknell

Plans for the new care home on The Ridgeway and (inset) the existing Royal Chace Hotel
Plans for the new care home on The Ridgeway and (inset) the existing Royal Chace Hotel

A four-star hotel will be demolished to make way for a 92-room care home and 64 residential dwellings after the scheme was approved by Enfield Council’s planning committee.

Plans by care home operator Signature Senior Lifestyle and homebuilder Bellway will see Royal Chace Hotel in The Ridgeway, closed since the start of the pandemic in March 2020, knocked down. In its place will be built a three-storey complex comprising a new care home and housing estate adjacent to the Green Belt.

The scheme was unanimously approved by councillors on Tuesday (18th), who praised its contribution to family-sized housing provision in Enfield. Out of the 64 homes proposed, 29 (45%) will have three bedrooms. Just under 36% of the total will be designated as affordable housing, including a mix of shared ownership, London Affordable Rent and London Living Rent homes.

The care home will include 23 rooms specifically designed for dementia patients, which was also welcomed.

The only concern raised by the planning committee related to the need for a pedestrian crossing outside the entrance to the development, with Labour member Hass Yusuf warning there were “lots of mad drivers down The Ridgeway”.

Council officers reassured the committee that some of the £520,000 being contributed by the developer towards sustainable transport would be spent on a new crossing, plus other traffic calming measures that were still being drawn up.