Electric Quarter plans take step forward

Thu 7 February 2013, 1:45 pm

Outline plans for a core part of the regeneration of Middlesex University's former campus in Ponders End have been given the go-ahead by Enfield Council.

The proposals for the Electric Quarter - named in honour of electric lighting pioneer Joseph Swann - would demolish all the university buildings except the Broadbent Building, gymnasium, caretakers cottage, the multi storey car park to the Queensway frontage, and a building on the high street.

The remaining structures would be converted and extended to create up to 43 homes, and 2,141 sq m of commercial live/work space, while the high street base is earmarked as a new home for Ponders End Library.

The application, which is part of wider plans to create up to 408 homes on the site and new shops on Ponders End High Street, is based on a masterplan by Karakusevic Carson Architects and Maccreanor Lavington Architects and will now been referred to the Greater London Authority (GLA).

Recommending the scheme for approval, planning officers said the proposals offered “a comprehensive approach to the development of the site, providing for its proper integration into the existing community”.

They said the facilities would  deliver a mix of residential accommodation - 30 per cent of which would be affordable - that was in line with regeneration aspirations for the area.

Enfield Council said work on the scheme was currently expected to start in the second quarter of 2014, if it was endorsed by the GLA.