High-rise plans for former gas holder site

The vision for the new tower block in New Southgate (credit pH+)
A vision for the new tower blocks in New Southgate (credit pH+)

Report by Simon Allin, Local Democracy Reporter

Blocks of flats up to 19 storeys tall could be built at the site of a former gas holder near the North Circular.

Developer City and Suburban Homes wants to build 182 flats in blocks of 14 and 19 storeys at the site in Station Road, New Southgate. The plans state that the developer aims to provide the “maximum reasonable quantum of affordable housing” but do not indicate how many units this would be.

More than three quarters would be one and two-bedroom flats, with three-bedroom units making up the remaining 23% of the homes. The development, which would be close to both Arnos Grove and New Southgate stations, would be “car free” apart from six parking spaces for blue badge holders.

To avoid parking problems, a nearby controlled parking zone could be extended to cover roads near the site, with residents of the new blocks prevented from obtaining on-street permits. The development would also provide 371 square metres of flexible commercial floorspace.

A spokesperson on behalf of City and Suburban Homes said: “We are delighted to have submitted a planning application to Enfield Council for 182 homes at the former gasholder site on Pinkham Way.

“We have worked closely with council officers and the local community to develop proposals that will deliver a mix of affordable homes and properties for people to buy. We have listened and ensured we are providing one, two and three bed accommodation alongside commercial space for people in the surrounding Southgate Green area to use.

“It is important to us that we reflect the history of the site and are talking with community groups about how best to integrate the site’s former industrial heritage into the landscaping and amenity space. We look forward to continuing these conversations over upcoming months and ultimately delivering the homes that Enfield needs.”

The plans have been submitted to Enfield Council but have yet to be considered by a planning committee. Members of the public can view and comment on the proposals by searching for reference 20/04193/FUL using the online planning portal.