New homes proposed on garages site in Bowes Park

Twenty new homes slated for site close to Bowes Park Station but no affordable housing included, reports Grace Howarth, Local Democracy Reporter

The Beech Road garages site (left) and (right) the plans for new homes (credit Stephen Davy Peter Smith Architects)
The Beech Road garages site (left) and (right) the plans for new homes (credit Stephen Davy Peter Smith Architects)

Twenty new homes are being proposed in Bowes Park on the site of disused garages next to a railway line.

The plan to demolish 27 garages at the end of Beech Road and construct three blocks of flats each three storeys high, along with one house, will make an “important contribution” to the borough’s housing supply, according to developer Beechcastle Limited.

Enfield Council remains under pressure to deliver housing after only meeting three quarters of the three-year housing target for the borough.

The proposed 20 new residential dwellings – close to Bowes Park Station – will comprise nine one-bed flats, eight two-bed flats, two three-bed flats, and one four-bed house. 

Proposals include two disabled parking bays, 38 cycle spaces, and refuse and recycling storage. Two of the apartments would be wheelchair accessible and landscaping would include two communal gardens at the north and south of the site. 

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However, the scheme does not include affordable housing as it was calculated to be “non-viable”.

Following a public consultation on the proposal, local concerns raised include the lack of provision of car parking spaces as residents claimed they already struggled with on-street parking because there were “no restrictions”.  

A resident also stated concern the road would be “blocked for months” while the development was built, which meant limited access in the event emergency services were needed. They added the prospective rubbish load would double “at the expense” of residents. 

Another resident thought the block’s designs were “bulky” and the way the building pitched on one-side was unattractive. They also worried the new flats would “overlook” and “overshadow” neighbouring gardens. 

In response the architects and developer said the “car-free scheme” was “in line with Enfield planning policy and the London Plan”. They declared the cost of rubbish collection wasn’t a “valid reason” for objection and stated plans would include how deliveries would be made “without obstructing Beech Road”. 

The team said the design had been “carefully considered” to make sure overlooking was avoided and added the scheme’s designs were made “in line” with Enfield design review panels. 

More information on the scheme can be found via Enfield Council’s planning portal, using reference number 23/03973/FUL.

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