Planning & Development

The architectural practice EPR is consulting on its initial proposals for Palace Square, a shopping and residential development that would replace the existing Palace Gardens and Palace Exchange shopping centres. At its heart would be a 26-storey tower. Consultation runs until 30th October and there will be online events on 15th and 26th October.

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Civic-minded PG citizens were out in the rain on Tuesday afternoon replacing more than 30 wayward signs for a one-way system which had somehow detached themselves from their supporting frames and gathered together in huddles on the pavement in Lightcliffe Road and near the end of Park Avenue.

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A new development proposed for Hobart Corner, New Southgate, would consist of two high-rise residential blocks with commercial spaces on the ground floor. The new buildings, providing 183 new homes, will replace the gasholder which was demolished in September, after serving as a local landmark since the 1930s.

For more than ten years, since a one-way system was introduced in streets between Green Lanes and Wolves Lane, the residents of Grenoble Gardens have had to endure queues of cars in their narrow residential road. In 2013 the council consulted on options for solving the problem, but nothing came of this. This report investigates the roots of the problem, the fate of the consultation, and possible solutions.

The current Stitch! shop on the corner of Devonshire Road closes on 8th October. Stitch! will be opening a new shop inside Palmers Green Post Office on 20th October.

The consultation period is now under way for the twelve temporary school streets that were instituted in September as part of the Covid Streetscape measures.

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In July, as part of the Covid Streetspace measures, Enfield Council issued an experimental traffic order closing one of the roads at Winchmore Hill Green to traffic (the 'northern west-to-east arm'). This has allowed restaurants and cafes to put out tables and chairs on the roadway for customers to eat and drink al-fresco. The council is now consulting on whether or not to make the road closure permanent.

Under the slogan Let's Talk Southgate, Enfield Council is launching an engagement exercise aimed at gathering ideas for improving Southgate's town centre - Southgate Circus, Chase Side and Southgate High Street. The project will include a pop-up event at the tube station, an online meeting with the council leader, and an online consultation using MapBox.

The ever enterprising Brian Lewis has converted his MyTime cake, coffee and tea house into Palmers Green's first deli specialising in organic and artisan food and drinks. MyTime, closed since lockdown struck, reopened earlier this week, appearing unchanged on the outside but quite different inside.

Consultation about public realm improvements in Enfield Town restarts next month, when the council will be holding a series of online workshops. Places are limited, so if you are interested, register as soon as possible.

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