Planning inspector rejects Highgate Bowl development plans

Campaigners are hailing a victory in a 50-year fight to save a leafy stretch of land known as Highgate Bowl from development after a planning inspector threw out plans to build luxury homes.

The inspector rejected plans yesterday from developers Omved International Ltd for three houses on the site of the former Highgate Garden Centre, off Townsend Lane, following a planning appeal last month.

Developers had appealed to overturn Haringey Council’s decision last year to reject the proposals.

The Highgate Bowl Action Group, which objected strongly to the plans, are to toast the victory with Prosecco tomorrow.

Planning Inspector Joanna Reid ruled in her appeal decision that the proposed homes would be “harmfully intrusive”.

She said: “The Bowl is significant as a remnant of the once rural village setting of Highgate, and its spatial qualities are cherished by many local people.”