Heritage and Conservation

Last week the news was that PG will be losing one landmark - the Intimate Theatre. This week we can report the restoration of an old landmark, the turret on the Fox pub, complete with weathercock - or should that be 'weatherfox'?

To the 'huge disappointment' of the Theatres Trust, Enfield's planning committee last night gave the go-ahead for St Monica's church to demolish the Intimate Theatre. In a statement issued to the press today, the statutory body called the building in Green Lanes 'a rare example of a repertory theatre design from the inter-war period with a rich cultural history that cannot be replaced'.

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Ahead of Tuesday's planning committee meeting, the statutory body set up to advise on the future of theatres in England has restated its opposition to demolition of the Intimate Theatre and has set out the reasons why it considers that facilities for theatre provision in the proposed replacement building are inadequate

The future of the Intimate Theatre will be discussed by Enfield's planning committee for the third time next week. A slightly revised application designed to satisfy demands for a theatre-type facility in the replacement building is on the agenda for the committee's meeting on Tuesday 8th March

Enfield's planning committee yesterday voted to defer approval of the application to demolish the Intimate Theatre to make place for a new parish centre. This represents a change of mind from November 2020, when the same committee approved an almost identical planning application.

A Southgate resident who is unhappy about the appearance of a newly developed part of Southgate Cemetery has started an online petition asking Enfield Council to take steps to preserve the cemetery's green and biodiverse character and to plant greenery in the new part to bring its appearance into line with older sections.

If you live on the Lakes Estate or in another local conservation area, you may find yourself uncertain about how the planning system works. The Friends of the Lakes Estate Conservation Area are happy to share the knowledge they've built up and are offering short online courses.

Historic England will be providing some of the funding to create a high street heritage action zone in Bruce Grove area of Tottenham, to include reinstatement of traditional shopfronts and facades and the restoration and re-opening of a listed public convenience.

Enfield Council has received funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund for a series of community heritage activities - the Stories of Enfield. Community organisations and individuals who have ideas for suitable activities are invited to apply for training which will enable them to devise, develop and deliver their projects. The range of possible subject matter is broad, and there are many different ways in which each story could be presented.

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Nat Buckeridge from Enfield Council's Place Directorate has sent information regarding an online discussion about the council's heritage strategy on 9th December. He also has news about a Culture, Heritage and Creative Industries newsletter.