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Southern Grove unveils £4.5m pilot development of North London houses

Developer Southern Grove has unveiled a £4.5m pilot development of mews houses in Finchley, North London.


The scheme will provide six townhouses benefiting from a communal courtyard and three-bed, five-person accommodation.

Southern Grove has said it believes that the number of smaller infill sites in the capital represents a substantial opportunity to increase the provision of family housing.

The company will be announcing plans for a series of other infill sites later this year.

Sheffield-based Axis Architecture has designed the scheme, and a planning application has been submitted to Barnet Council.

A construction partner has yet to be chosen.

Tom Slingsby, CEO of Southern Grove, said: “This is an exciting pilot project for us.

“Smaller parcels of land are unappealing to most big developers because they prefer the simplicity of single, large schemes that offer an easily defined economy of scale.

“We think that’s the wrong way to look at infill sites. We believe they offer valuable opportunities to regenerate residential areas and increase housing stock.

“London is littered with infill sites and, if you add them all together, they represent a huge bank of land that is either undeveloped or in need of regeneration.

“A greater number of them will be needed to build housing at scale but the speed at which they can traverse the planning process makes up for this.

“They represent a largely untapped opportunity to provide substantial amounts of new housing in London and we will be exploring how we can expand our use of them.

“All developers should be trying to exploit infill sites to make best use of areas that are already substantially urban.”

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