The lessons of the Grenfell Tower fire must be learned

Today [19/12/22] we delivered copies of Peter Apps’ book ‘Show Me the Bodies: How We Let Grenfell Happen’ to Enfield Council.   We have gifted copies of the book to Council Executives, in the hope that it will prompt them to revise the design of the tall buildings planned for its Meridian Water development. LocalContinue reading “The lessons of the Grenfell Tower fire must be learned”

London Fire Brigade raises concerns about Meridian Water tower blocks

Last month Enfield Council’s planning committee voted to grant planning permission for two new tower blocks at its Meridian Water development in Upper Edmonton.  The blocks will be 24 and 30 storeys tall and will have single staircases, despite calls from industry experts to ban such buildings.    Council officers informed the committee that theyContinue reading “London Fire Brigade raises concerns about Meridian Water tower blocks”

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”

Enfield Council has not been transparent about plans to build on the Community Garden at Meridian Water

Planning documents show that a large Community Garden planned for the first stage of the Council’s Meridian Water development is likely to have housing built on it. THE COMMUNITY GARDEN – A CYNICAL MARKETING TACTIC      The Community Garden is repeatedly referred to in the marketing information for the new flats at Meridian One, whichContinue reading “Enfield Council has not been transparent about plans to build on the Community Garden at Meridian Water”

Where is the Meridian Water Masterplan?

Publishing a new Meridian Water Masterplan has been a ‘corporate priority’ for Enfield Council since 2018, however it has still not been published, leaving the development’s future direction unclear. Our report “Where is the Meridian Water Masterplan?” explains why the new Masterplan is so important and recalls what has happened since the council took overContinue reading “Where is the Meridian Water Masterplan?”

Are Nesil Caliskan’s Housing Claims Accurate?

On 5th April 2022, Enfield Dispatch reported an interview with Nesil Caliskan, the leader of Enfield Labour, in which Cllr Caliskan made a number of claims about housing in Enfield. We fact-checked these claims and found a number were misleading. The claims and a summary of the results of our fact checking are set outContinue reading “Are Nesil Caliskan’s Housing Claims Accurate?”

DON’T BELIEVE THE HYPE

Enfield Council’s advertising and publicity has repeatedly stated that the Meridian Water regeneration scheme will deliver 10,000 homes (including 4,000 “affordable” homes) and 6,000 jobs, over the next 20-25 years BUT the Council knows these statements are misleading and not supported by the evidence.   In 2019, a government planning inspector told the Council thatContinue reading “DON’T BELIEVE THE HYPE”

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”

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”