Protest at plans to replace Edwardian house with a new modern home

Residents have objected to plans to demolish 76 Woodland Gardens (right) Picture: Google Street View

Residents have objected to plans to demolish 76 Woodland Gardens (right) Picture: Google Street View - Credit: Archant

An application to demolish an Edwardian house in Muswell Hill and rebuild it as a modern home has been met with opposition from local residents.

The owners, listed as Mr & Mrs Evans on the application, have submitted plans to knock down 76 Woodland Gardens and rebuild it as a modern home with a large basement.

Neighbours have criticised the plans saying the new build would be “out of keeping with the area”, with 60 objections made so far.

Geoff Hunt, from the Woodlands Conservation Area Action Group said that there has been no demolition of any Edwardian houses in this area since they were constructed around 100 years ago. He wants the area to be designated as a conservation area by the council.

Cllr Gail Engert, leader of the opposition at Haringey Council, objected, stating: “I agree with the numerous local resident objections that the proposed new-build house would be totally out of keeping with the surrounding Edwardian streetscape. The proposed increased bulk and height would be overbearing and particularly impact on the homes that face the back of it in Teresa Walk.”

Woodland Gardens residents Lizzie Twigger and Simon Willis said: “To put up a new build in its place which does not complement or reflect the character and impact of the nearby properties; what can be the possible justification for this?”

On the pre-planning report, officers commented: “While the property has no statutory protection, officers would prefer the house to be retained and if it has to be demolished, to be replaced in a design to match its neighbours.”

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Mr and Mrs Evans, who bought the property earlier this year, said: “When we bought the house we were aware that it was in a state of severe disrepair. It became very clear that repairing the existing structure would not be a viable option. We explored the possibility of rebuilding the house in a similar Edwardian style but we felt this approach would undermine architecture of Woodland Gardens.”

A spokesperson for Haringey Council said: “We don’t have a date for any decision yet as we’re still in the process of assessing the application.

“We are looking to review the boundaries of the Muswell Hill Conservation Area but this won’t take place until early-mid 2018.”