A number of Old Park Ridings residents are up in arms because they fear that the character of their home area is changing. The large family properties at the Enfield end of Old Park Ridings are outside the Grange Park conservation area, so are not protected from redevelopment.
In April 2016 permission was granted for 124 Old Park Ridings - which used to be known coloquially as the 'pink house', to be demolished and permission granted for "the subdivision of site and erection of 2 x 2 storey 5 - bed detached single family dwellings with mansard roof, balcony at rear and basement with habitable rooms and garage with lift access and barrier".
Yet no work has started and neighbours believe that the developer is reapplying to build eight flats on the site, although there is nothing uploaded yet on the Enfield Council planning application portal.
It appears the same developer is about to acquire 128 Old Park Ridings, providing planning permission can be granted to demolish and build eight fltas on this site. You can view the planning application here
128 Old Park Ridings
These redevelopments are not completely without precedent, as the property at 126 Old Park Ridings was demolished and the site divided into two town houses around 2006.
Further down the road, permission was granted in July 2016 to convert 82 Old Park Ridings from single family dwelling into "4 flats comprising 3 x 3 bed and 1 x 1 bed
involving new pitched roof over existing two storey side extension, extension of lower ground and lightwell, part single part two storey rear extension and rear dormer".
This former family home has seen better days and perhaps is not the most attractive property on the road.
Across N21 and beyond there is a growing trend to demolish larger houses and subdivide the land into smaller houses or blocks of flats. Is this better use of land at a time when we have a serious housing shortage or should more care to be taken to conserve these older Grange Park properties.
What do you think?
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All over N21 large family homes are being aquired by developers, demolished and divided - good use of land or destruction of our architectural heritage?