Crouch End Character Appraisal – introduction

Character Appraisal Objectives

A work in progress, the Crouch End Character Appraisal serves as a preparatory and evidential survey, part of a project toward a neighbourhood development plan. With an objective of identifying Crouch End’s distinctive and distinguishing features, the appraisal places character into a wider context that considers the local economy, transport needs, and social and cultural meaning. It also précises opportunities and issues for development management and the improvement of the public realm.

Part II, a study to identify separate character areas within the district, will offer a first draft toward the development of design guidance and design codes for the retention of local character and distinctiveness.

  Image, top: Topsfield Parade: 1895 exuberance vs. 20th c. uPVC. Image: MA

Three significant Haringey documents inform the analysis: the Haringey Local Plan (2013-17), the Crouch End Conservation Area Character Appraisal (2010, new edition expected 2023), and the Urban Character Assessment (2015, also with a new edition expected 2023). It also incorporates the findings of various public consultations carried out by CENF.

Image: Crouch End from the air c. 2018. The yellow line describes the boundary of the statutory designated Neighbourhood Area. The central retail core, the 19th c street pattern. and the open space of the Playing Fields clearly visible.

We need your views. The Character Appraisal presents a commentary on Crouch End’s character and future development, but the next step is to translate observations into planning policy. Whether its selecting green space we want to protect, community assets we want to support, or the design of new buildings, your opinion is key. Do add comments below, or email us at


Mapping is primarily based on an OS source, licensed to the London Borough of Haringey © Crown copyright 100019199 All rights reserved. Disclaimer: details shown are approximate and should not be used for official Planning purposes.

Other images are under Creative Commons attribution to Crouch End Neighbourhood Forum (CENF) and Mark Afford (MA).

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