This report summarises our analysis of the number and types of homes that gained planning approval in Enfield in 2021 and since 2019. The aim of the report is to assess whether Enfield is likely to start to meet housing targets in the foreseeable future, and whether the type of homes local people need areContinue reading “Enfield’s Housing Pipeline – 2021 Review”
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New tower blocks approved for Edmonton Green
Last night, Enfield’s Planning Committee narrowly voted to approve plans to build 13 tower blocks at Edmonton Green Shopping Centre. The plans for Edmonton Green Shopping Centre include 13 new tower blocks ranging from 10 to 30 storeys, as well as a number of 4-9 storey buildings. When complete, the scheme will deliver 1,438 newContinue reading “New tower blocks approved for Edmonton Green”
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”
Homes built on small sites: Serious discrepancies between the London Plan and Enfield Council’s draft Local Plan
Housing built on small sites plays a very important role in delivering new housing in London, so why hasn’t small site housing been properly accounted for in Enfield Council’s draft Local Plan?
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.”