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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”

A new “urban character” approved for Chase Farm

On Tuesday evening, Enfield Council’s Planning Committee approved new plans for the Chase Farm hospital site, which will set “a new urban character” for this area of Enfield.  The plans fail to deliver enough affordable homes for key workers and fail to deliver the family sized homes that Enfield needs. There are already 138 newContinue reading “A new “urban character” approved for Chase Farm”

Does Enfield’s controversial hyper-density development deliver enough affordable housing?

Last week Enfield Council gave the green light to a controversial hyper-density planning application at Colosseum Park that would include tower blocks of up to 29 storeys.  There were multiple challenges made to the application, some of which we have previously reported on here. One issue raised about the development was the low proportion ofContinue reading “Does Enfield’s controversial hyper-density development deliver enough affordable housing?”

Colosseum Park – The safety of children crossing the A10, our response to council officer’s comments

Earlier this week we reported that Enfield Council’s planning committee had approved plans for 1,800 new homes, which will see around 3,600 people living at the B&Q site on the A10.  We reported that an officer told the Committee that the development would not provide enough play space for children, and therefore children would needContinue reading “Colosseum Park – The safety of children crossing the A10, our response to council officer’s comments”

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”

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