Cat Hill development gets go-ahead from Boris

By Jim Dunton - Fri 20 September 2013, 9:44 am

London & Quadrant's plans to build 232 new homes on the former Middlesex University campus at Cat Hill in Cockfosters have been approved by London mayor Boris Johnson.

Enfield Council approved the scheme of 163 flats and 69 houses in March this year, as Opportunity Enfield reported at the time.

However, because of its 4.9ha size, the scheme was classified a site of strategic importance for the capital and also required Johnson’s backing.

Andy Rowland, London & Quadrant’s land and projects director, said the developer and housing association was “delighted” by the mayor’s decision. “We now look forward to beginning work as soon as we can, subject to meeting the remaining conditions in the planning process,” he said.

“We plan to build well-designed homes that match the character of the local area. As long-term stewards of the Cat Hill ponds, we will implement a 25-year woodland management plan to conserve valuable mature and veteran oak trees across the site and encourage native woodland species, further improving the diversity and value of the woodland habitat for wildlife."

The site currently has around 17,000sq m of vacant buildings, following Middlesex University’s relocation of the campus' operations to purpose-built facilities in Hendon.

The new scheme’s flats will be built in blocks of up to four storeys.