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Parking boost for Tube station housing scheme after plans revised

A developer has rowed back on plans to build over almost all of the public car parks as part of a Tube station housing scheme.

Connected Living London’s (CLL) latest plans would provide 47 publicly accessible parking spaces and a “dedicated pick-up and drop-off area” at its development at Cockfosters Underground Station.

It is an extra 35 spaces on top of the 12 parking bays for blue badge holders included in the previous plans.

The developer – a partnership between Transport for London and Grainger – said the changes were made following feedback from the local community and stakeholders.

There are currently 370 publicly accessible parking spaces at the site, including the 12 blue badge bays that would be retained.

CLL claimed the extra parking had not led to a loss of amenity space, and the new plans would increase the amount of open space compared to the previous designs.

It said the parking had been provided by moving the spaces planned for London Underground staff to “operational land adjacent to the development site”.

People living in the flats would not have access to their own on-site parking, apart from blue badge spaces and a car club bay.

The pick-up and drop-off area would be made up of seven short-stay parking spaces close to the station entrance.

CLL now plans to provide 351 rental homes in blocks up to 14 storeys at the site – a reduction of 20 homes compared to plans revealed in January last year. Forty per cent would be classed as affordable by habitable room.

While there have been changes to the heights of some buildings, the developer said this came in response to feedback from local stakeholders and pointed out the size of the tallest tower had not been increased.

More information on the latest proposals is available here: https://www.givemyview.com/cockfosters

Ben Tate, on behalf of CLL, said: “We have received a lot of feedback from the local and wider community in relation to our proposals at Cockfosters, including at our engagement events.

“Throughout the past year, we have been actively exploring ways to respond meaningfully, while still delivering both the homes and levels of affordable housing that Enfield and London desperately need.

“In response to feedback, our proposals now include a new dedicated vehicle pick-up/drop-off area, and 47 publicly accessible parking spaces to help support the local area.

“We have also made a number of other improvements, such as increasing the amount of public cycle parking, refining the building and landscape design and maximising the amount of open and play space for the community as well as future residents.

“We look forward to submitting our plans to Enfield Council shortly.”



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