This plan is not the plan Enfield needs: Better Homes Enfield’s response to Draft Local Plan Reg 18 Consultation

We have now submitted our response to the Draft Local Plan, which can be downloaded here (84 pages). In our opinion, which is based on our detailed analysis of both the Draft Local Plan (DLP) and the accompanying Evidence Base, the DLP will not deliver the type of housing Enfield needs or make the bestContinue reading “This plan is not the plan Enfield needs: Better Homes Enfield’s response to Draft Local Plan Reg 18 Consultation”

Local Plan Consultation: Better Homes Enfield complaint letter

In July we wrote to Enfield Council to express our concerns about the Draft Local Plan Consultation and have decided to publish our letter. The full letter can be downloaded here. In summary, our concerns are that:   Important information is missing from the draft Local Plan, making it impossible to give a fully consideredContinue reading “Local Plan Consultation: Better Homes Enfield complaint letter”

Building in Green Belt areas will not deliver the affordable housing Enfield Council claims

There is an urgent need for more affordable housing. Enfield needs around 10,500 affordable homes, including 3,500 Social Rent homes with 3+ bedrooms. These family homes are needed to provide permanent and safe housing for the thousands of families with children currently living in temporary accommodation and in other unsuitable conditions across Enfield e.g. inContinue reading “Building in Green Belt areas will not deliver the affordable housing Enfield Council claims”

Enfield Council’s draft Local Plan undercounts the number of homes that could be built on brownfield sites

Enfield Council’s draft Local Plan says that 25,000 homes need to be built in Enfield over the next 20-years. The council claims there are not enough brownfield sites to accommodate these homes, so 6,500 need to be built in greenbelt areas. In this paper we explain why this claim is incorrect. There are many benefitsContinue reading “Enfield Council’s draft Local Plan undercounts the number of homes that could be built on brownfield sites”

Are Enfield Council’s plans to build on the Green Belt the result of its own failings?

Planning officers and senior leaders at Enfield Council have been repeatedly warned about the lack of family housing being built on housing developments in Enfield, but these warnings were either ignored or argued against, despite clear breaches of planning policy.   Scroll forward, and the council now plans to build on large parts of Enfield’sContinue reading “Are Enfield Council’s plans to build on the Green Belt the result of its own failings?”

Less than zero: The decline of Social Rent housing in Enfield

New research shows that Enfield is one of the worst performing outer London boroughs for building new Social Rent housing, and is the worst if levels of poverty are factored in. Social Rent housing is more affordable than the private sector and tends to provide a more stable and secure tenancy. Families living in SocialContinue reading “Less than zero: The decline of Social Rent housing in Enfield”

New study shows that Enfield needs to build thousands of affordable homes per year.

Enfield Council’s latest “Local Housing Needs Assessment” (LHNA) shows the scale of Enfield’s affordable housing crisis. Enfield needs to build between 2,111 and 3,493 new affordable homes per year. At least two-thirds of these affordable homes will need to be Social Rent/Affordable Rent. There are a limited number of sites suitable for house building inContinue reading “New study shows that Enfield needs to build thousands of affordable homes per year.”

The GLA’s new ‘Planning London Datahub’ shows that Enfield is not building enough affordable housing

Last week, the Greater London Authority (GLA) launched its new ‘Planning London Datahub’, which is part of the GLA’s ambition to make planning data more accessible and usable.  The information available on the GLA Datahub shows that over the last three years, Enfield has performed poorly in terms of housing. For example, the Datahub showsContinue reading “The GLA’s new ‘Planning London Datahub’ shows that Enfield is not building enough affordable housing”

Meridian Water will deliver a lower proportion of open green space than Hong Kong.

Better Homes Enfield believes that a new report commissioned by Enfield Council about green space at Meridian Water is misleading. It claims that the plan for open green space is “best practice” but we think it is far from best practice. The green space planned for Meridian Water will not be anywhere near enough forContinue reading “Meridian Water will deliver a lower proportion of open green space than Hong Kong.”