Uncertainty about the future of the Shires estate

Bad tempered Council meeting ends in uncertainty and frustration for residents. Cheshire House and Shropshire House are 18-storey tower blocks on the Shires estate in Edmonton. The blocks were built in the 1960s and house 204 families.  People living in the blocks have experienced ongoing problems such as persistent mould, due to decades of underContinue reading “Uncertainty about the future of the Shires estate”

No new Social Rent Housing in Enfield for past 2 years.

The latest affordable housing data shows that no new Social Rent homes have been built in Enfield for at least two years.  Figures also show that the number of newly built ‘London Affordable Rent’ homes fell from 136 to 129. This bucks the London wide trend which recorded a 25% increase in Social Rent completionsContinue reading “No new Social Rent Housing in Enfield for past 2 years.”

Census reveals why building more housing won’t be enough to solve Enfield’s housing crisis   

The UK is in the midst of a housing crisis. Rent and property prices are unaffordable for an increasing number of families, and rates of homelessness are rising. The London Borough of Enfield has been particularly hard hit and has one of the highest rates of homelessness in the country, as well as very highContinue reading “Census reveals why building more housing won’t be enough to solve Enfield’s housing crisis   “

Enfield Council approves another FOUR tower blocks with single staircases

Last night Enfield Council granted planning permission for another four new tower blocks at its Meridian Water development. The latest tower blocks will range from 10 to 16 storeys, and each of them will only have a single staircase. This comes only a few weeks after it approved two other tower blocks at its flagshipContinue reading “Enfield Council approves another FOUR tower blocks with single staircases”

Why are Enfield’s planning officers blocking affordable housing?

Plans to build affordable housing on a vacant site in Enfield have been recommended for refusal by Enfield’s planning officers.  (1) This is very surprising as the scheme would deliver 106 flats, of which 100% would be London Affordable Rent (LAR). These flats would therefore help get over 100 families out of temporary accommodation. MostContinue reading “Why are Enfield’s planning officers blocking affordable housing?”

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”

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”

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”