Highgate basement and conversion
AFL have recently acquired a property for development in North London, within the Highgate Conservation Area. It is a Victorian bay fronted house, forming part of a continuous terrace built around 1895. The property currently has three floors and an additional half height basement. It is located between Highgate Wood to the north and the Highgate Golf Club and Hampstead Heath to the south.
We are proposing to convert the house into three flats, this will include excavating the basement and adding an extension to the ground floor and lower ground floor area to create a duplex garden flat. The upper parts will be accessed from the main stairwell, leading to an extended 2 bedroom flat at first floor and a 1 bedroom flat at second floor level.
The development will be carefully considered so that it complies with the requirements of a number of parties and policies. These include national, local and conservation area planning policy, Highways and the Highgate Society. Additionally, Haringey will only consider a proposal in this location with input from the Highgate Conservation Area Advisory Committee (CAAC). The CAAC is made up of elected members of the public with an interest in heritage, to help the local authority in managing and protecting the historic built environment. Due to the requirement to ‘preserve or enhance’ the built environment in the conservation area, the design and facing materials are to be of the highest quality.
The planning process will be complex in its consideration of all of the above requirements. Plans are currently being drawn, with a view to submit an application to the local authority in early 2016.