A farmer's market in N21?

on Friday, 21 February 2014. Posted in N21 Business Blog

 

 

This site at 62 Station Road, next to Winchmore Hill Station, has been empty for two years, following the closure of the Garden On The Green. However, a planning application has just been submitted to host a farmers market, on Saturdays, Sundays and over Bank holidays,

 

This is a prime retail site, at the heart of Winchmore Hill, but could James I stop this worthwhile redevelopment?

 

Did you know that there is an ancient charter passed by King James I in 1618, which decrees that no other market can be established within 6.5 miles of Enfield Town Market?

 

The Charter was enforced by the Old Enfield Charitable Trust in 2012 to prevent a market being set up in Capel Manor Farm. Is this about to happen again? Whilst the Old Enfield Charitable Trust is an extremely worthy cause, providing much needed grants to help people in need, is a weekend farmers market in the heart of Winchmore Hill really going to deter people from shopping in Enfield Town Market? Is this an anti-competitive anachronism in the C21st?

 

If you have been up to Southgate over the past few Sundays, it has been buzzing. You can already see that the new Kings Market is attracting people to Southgate on the day that many people have more time to browse, shop with their families, sit and drink coffee over a cappaccino with the Sunday papers etc.

 

Whilst Enfield Town is our 'borough capital' it has absorbed the lion's share of the Council's support for retailers, to the detriment of our smaller high streets. Perhaps it is time to let go of this four hundred year ruling? Cllr Martin Prescott has already asked Enfield Council's Business Department for a response. We wait to see whether some compromise will be reached.

 

This is a very important site in the very heart of Winchmore Hill. The market could be very good for N21 businesses and will be supported by the N21 Live Local Spend Local team.

 

You can view the planning application here

 

 

Is this a good idea?  Have a look at the London Farmers Market (who are not connected to this particular project), but it provides a good indication of what a high quality farmers market can do for a local community. http://www.lfm.org.uk/markets-home/

 

A high calibre farmers market is not competition for the existing businesses, because it brings more people in. We wait to hear the outcome.

 

 

 GRAHAM HILL HAS WRITTEN A LETTER EXPLAINING WHY HE WOULD LIKE TO OPEN THE MARKET.

 

 

This little site, next to Winchmore Hill Station could become a destination for food lovers from N21 and beyond.

Comments (8)

  • Janice M

    Janice M

    24 February 2014 at 09:30 |
    I would like to support this application but am unsure as to to the best way to do this -- perhaps you could advise?

    I would definitely use a Farmers Market in N21, whereas I never use Enfield market.

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    • Sarah King

      Sarah King

      27 February 2014 at 20:17 |
      Comments in support would really help the application and can be emailed to development.control@enfield.gov.uk . Please include the application reference number P14-0508PLA. Thanks for your support!
      Sarah King, AKT Planning + Architecture, on behalf of Mr Hill.

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  • John Peterson

    John Peterson

    24 February 2014 at 09:33 |
    excellent idea, the Green would be buzzing at the weekend, this could be a great attraction

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  • Emma

    Emma

    24 February 2014 at 12:38 |
    A farmers market would be wonderful for N21 residents and local producers - just what we need and it would encourage people to shop on the Green at the weekends too.

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  • Jenny Leigh

    Jenny Leigh

    28 February 2014 at 12:31 |
    A farmer's market within walking distance, fantastic idea, can't wait

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  • Susie Andretta

    Susie Andretta

    28 February 2014 at 16:02 |
    Hi Graham,

    great idea. I sent an email in support of this straight away.

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  • Emma Chapman

    Emma Chapman

    28 February 2014 at 20:41 |
    What a great idea.....we've been looking for somewhere to buy fresh produce locally for ages.

    Its exactly what's missing in N21...thanks for putting it forward!!

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  • Morna

    Morna

    01 March 2014 at 08:49 |
    Great idea - can't wait.

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