Broomfield House Trust and the Friends of Broomfield Park have revealed that Enfield Council's bid to the National Lottery Heritage Fund for funding new proposals for Broomfield House and Park which follows the rejection of the proposal to construct a building on the site of Broomfield House replicating the house exterior as it was will include funds partly from a limited housing scheme in the Stableyard and as well as housing a café, it could at a later stage incorporate a reconstruction of the oak staircase and sections of the Lanscroon murals. The derelict shell of Broomfield House will be removed via "reconnecting the park and House through memorialisation, interpretation and landscaping" (whatever that means), coupled with “heritage engagement activities over 2 years involving the community”. The Round 1 application will be made between May and August 2023 and if confirmed, go onto aDevelopment Phase (August 2023 – March 2025), leading to the submission of a Round 2 application in March 2025, which again if approved, would deliver the Delivery Phase II between September 2025 and August 2027. Sneakily, Enfield Council has stuck in proposals to resolve legal issues around a covenant on the building which probably means removing the covenant which prevents commercial use of the park, something that has stuck in Enfield Council's throat for a while and which has been the point on which numerous attempts by cash-strapped Enfield Council to subject the park to commercial development over the years has been stopped. The Council's intention to remove the covenant to allow commercial hiring of the park is highlighted in its statement that "The Park is the area’s only cultural hub, hosting year-round community events." The covenant allows community events such as Broomfield Park’s amateur dramatics and the Broomfield Café, but protects against commercial exploitation. It is a blatent falsehood to say that The Park is the area’s only cultural hub, hosting year-round community events and events are regularly held at nearby Alexandra Palace and Trent Park, but saying this fits Enfield Council’s proposals to hire out Broomfield Park for fairs, circuses, and a whole host of less desirable events such as beer festivals in order to get money for the cash-strapped council.. The covenants have limited the usage of the park to 14 commercial days per year and the council is desperate to get rid of the Covenants because of this. The local residents want the covenants to remain “as is” except for the stable block which should have limited exceptions to prevent the Council re-implementing the Pub in the Park proposals using the stableyard. The process and timetabling of such a bid are complicated and stringent conditions will need to be met if it is to meet the National Lottery Heritage Fund’s requirements and the controls by Historic England, given the Grade II* listing of the house and the need for (demolition) Listed Building Consent from the relevant Secretary of State. The council will be creating a consultation list for stakeholder groups beyond the Broomfield House Trust and Friends of Broomfield Park and probably trying to exclude local residents known to oppose commercial development of the park. The Trust and Friends of Broomfield Park "are of course extremely disappointed that this Grade II* house has been lost through years of neglect and are concerned about exactly how it will be “memorialised” Typically the Council who were advised not to include the stableyard in this bid, but to take a phased (10 year) approach to maximise the chances of this bid’s success, have chosen to include the stableyard, despite the stableyard being listed, although the delays in redeveloping the Stableyard have seen a number of (again uninsured) fires occur, just as delay and neglect sealed the fate of Broomfield House.