Councillors Henry Lamprecht and Martin Prescott call for action over 'parking shortage' in Ladderswood Estate plans

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Councillors are calling for developers to rethink an apparent parking shortage in a New Southgate estate.

Conservative Councillors Henry Lamprecht and Martin Prescott claimed during a planning panel meeting on Tuesday that proposals for the Ladderswood Estate reveal inadequate plans for parking.

The current proposals, if passed by Enfield Borough Council, will see the estate demolished to make way for 517 homes – with 149 properties reserved for affordable housing.

But the politicians claim that 292 parking spaces allocated for residents is not enough to meet demand.

Cllr Lamprecht, who represents Southgate Green, said: “This concerns me gravely.

"People living without cars? This is zone four. We are not cool - we are not living in Islington, we don’t live in Westminster, we don’t live in Camden; we live in Enfield.”

A total of 157 on-street parking spaces will be provided under current plans, with the remainder in an underground car park.

Sixty of these will be reserved for people staying in a six-storey hotel which developers would like to build in the south of the three-hectare site.

Cllr Lamprecht claimed there were “not enough" spaces and he would like to see more added before the plans are presented to the council's planning committee on January 28.

If the council passes the plans, work on the site could start as early as autumn next year and be completed within four to five years.

Cllr Lamprecht said as there are are no current plans for shops in the estate, parking is a “very big issue” as many shoppers will have to drive outside Ladderswood.

But Paul Silcock, from consultants EAS Transport Planning, said the company had completed “extensive surveys” to ensure enough parking spaces will ve provided for future residents of the estate.

During the meeting, in Garfield Primary School in Springfield Road, Mr Silcock said car ownership in London is falling and claimed current proposals facilitated the “right amount” of parking.

Cllr Prescott, who heads Winchmore Hill, admitted he likes most aspects of the design but said it needed “tweaking”.

The politician said: “Did anyone ask the residents if there was enough parking around here?

“Transport links are very good around here, I accept that, but at the end of the day people still want cars.”

Housing provider One Housing Group and construction company Mullaley are working in partnership to carry out the regeneration.

They are working with Pollard Thomas Edwards Architects and other specialist consultants to develop the site.

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