Controversial hyper-density development gets go-ahead

Last night, Enfield Council’s planning committee narrowly voted in favour of plans for 1,800 new homes, which will see around 3,600 people living at the B&Q site on the A10.   The Colosseum Park scheme is controversial because of the 29-storey tower block the scheme proposes and how this will impact the Enfield skyline. FurtherContinue reading “Controversial hyper-density development gets go-ahead”

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%)Continue reading “New research shows that urgent action is needed to provide family housing in Enfield”

We need a better understanding of homelessness

Rates of homelessness in Enfield are amongst the highest in England.  There are 11,000 people living in emergency temporary accommodation in Enfield, including 5,000 children. Each year around 650 families in Enfield become homeless and need emergency temporary accommodation.  Rates of homelessness fluctuate, but since 2010 there has been a significant increase in the numbersContinue reading “We need a better understanding of homelessness”

Why we oppose the current plans for Colosseum Park.

Will the plans for Colosseum Park create a good and healthy place to live?Will the plans deliver enough of the types of housing Enfield needs? Do the plans make effective use of the land and help protect the green belt? We think the answers are probably not, no, and no.   High density housing canContinue reading “Why we oppose the current plans for Colosseum Park.”

Office conversion threatens hundreds of jobs

An application has been submitted to Enfield Council to convert Link House, an office on Southbury Road EN1, into 63 flats.  The application to convert the office has been made using controversial Permitted Development rules, which means the application, if granted, would not be subject to the normal planning rules and guidelines. This application isContinue reading “Office conversion threatens hundreds of jobs”

Office conversions are negatively impacting Enfield’s town centres

Controversial Permitted Development Rights (PD) for office to residential conversions were introduced by the Conservative Government in 2013. The aim was to create homes quickly by allowing developers to convert offices without going through the normal planning process. The policy has backfired. Conservative MP Robert Halfon described PD as: “… a policy that is possiblyContinue reading “Office conversions are negatively impacting Enfield’s town centres”

Why are Enfield residents spending years living in temporary accommodation?

More than 11,000 Enfield residents live in temporary accommodation, including 5,000 children – but this accommodation is anything but temporary.Brickfield House (pictured) is a converted office block on Southbury Road. This converted block contains well over a hundred temporary accommodation “units”, most of which are smaller than the minimum size normally allowed for a singleContinue reading “Why are Enfield residents spending years living in temporary accommodation?”