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Southern Grove unveils £7m development project

Southern Grove has unveiled a £7m development project to create a series of mews houses in Enfield, North London.


The scheme, called Powys Grove, will create nine family homes.

The announcement comes a month after the company succeeded in winning planning approval for a £5m development of mews houses on a similar infill site in Finchley.

According to Southern Grove, the large stock of infill sites across London can provide a large proportion of the family housing needed in the capital.

As the company enters 2021, it will be redoubling efforts to identify a large pipeline of suitable sites that fit this description.

Its latest terrace-style scheme will provide a single two-bed house, seven three-bed houses and one four-bed property over three storeys, on a site currently occupied by a row of disused garages.

The company began assessing the feasibility of developing infill sites across the capital last year; these have historically been under-utilised by developers because of an industry bias towards projects that possess greater economies of scale, but Southern Grove has found that the disadvantage can be offset by the speed at which infill sites can traverse the planning process.

Tom Slingsby, CEO of Southern Grove, said: “There is high demand for family housing here.

“The infill site we have selected is a classic example of land that has sat poorly used for many years, ignored by developers who too often prefer larger, more generic sites.

“However, London needs housebuilders to be a bit more imaginative.

“If our approach is replicated at scale across London, thousands more family homes will spring up, dramatically increasing the pace of building.

“As an industry, we must make better use of infill sites, the transformation of which are usually very well received by planning departments and residents.

“We have another two infill sites in the pipeline and our eyes on many other opportunities that show similar potential. We’ll be making a number of further announcements this year.”

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