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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.”

Meridian Water – Greenspace, Health, and Inequality

Enfield Council’s £6 billion redevelopment of Meridian Water will significantly reduce greenspace for local people.  Meridian Water is one of the largest redevelopment projects in London.  Over the next 25 years, Enfield Council plans to build homes for 30,000 people on the 85-hectare brownfield site in Edmonton. Our new report called ‘Meridian Water – Greenspace,Continue reading “Meridian Water – Greenspace, Health, and Inequality”

Failing the Housing Delivery Test is bad news for local democracy in Enfield

Yesterday the Government published the results of its Housing Delivery Test and it was not good news for Enfield.   What is the Housing delivery Test (HDT)? Inside Housing describes the HDT as “Whitehall’s assessment of whether councils and other planning authorities are overseeing development of enough homes for their area. It is presented asContinue reading “Failing the Housing Delivery Test is bad news for local democracy in Enfield”

Enfield Housing 2020: Needs Sacrificed for Targets

KEY POINTS: In 2020, the council approved plans for 12 major developments which could deliver more than 5,200 new homes None of these developments met planning standards for: ‘Family Housing’ or ‘Access to green space’ Only 3 developments met planning standards for ‘Affordable Housing’  Many of the homes approved will be too small and willContinue reading “Enfield Housing 2020: Needs Sacrificed for Targets”

Shared Ownership homes should not be classified as affordable

Introduction Local planning standards say that 40% of all new homes built on major housing developments in Enfield should be “affordable”. Affordable is supposed to mean that the homes cost less than the normal market rate, so that they can be bought or rented by people who would be unable to afford these rates. However,Continue reading “Shared Ownership homes should not be classified as affordable”

Meridian Water could do more to help local families

Meridian Water is one of the largest regeneration projects in London.  Over the next 25 years, Enfield Council plans to build 10,000 homes on the 85-hectare brownfield site in Edmonton. Our new report called ‘Less is more’, shows how the regeneration of Meridian Water could help to address some of the disadvantages local people faceContinue reading “Meridian Water could do more to help local families”

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