New research shows that urgent action is needed to provide family housing in Enfield

There are well over 11,000 new homes in Enfield’s housing pipeline but most of these homes will not be the housing that Enfield actually needs.

Our analysis of 31 major planning applications indicates that:

  • Enfield’s housing needs are being routinely side-lined in a drive to meet overall targets.
  • Only 2 of the 31 applications (6%) will deliver the required amount of family sized housing (i.e. homes with 3 or more bedrooms).
  • The current housing strategy will create far too many small flats and not enough of the family sized homes that Enfield urgently needs to tackle overcrowding.
  • Affordable housing targets are routinely being missed, especially targets for genuinely affordable social rent housing. 
  • Only 7 of the 31 applications (23%) will deliver the required amount of social rent housing.

There are already over 14,000 households in Enfield that are classified as overcrowded, due to a lack of affordable family housing in the borough. This is concerning because – as this report highlights – overcrowding is associated with significant health and wellbeing outcomes.  Covid-19 has bought into sharp focus the importance of having sufficient indoor and outdoor space, yet the majority of homes in Enfield’s housing pipeline are small flats without gardens.

We think that now more than ever, a new approach to housing is required that focuses on needs, not numbers.

Download the full report here:

Better Homes Enfield

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