Enfield Council approves 30-storey tower block with single staircase

Last night 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.  Since the Grenfell fire, the Royal Institute ofContinue reading “Enfield Council approves 30-storey tower block with single staircase”

Enfield is not on track to build the homes the borough needs.

In the first six months of 2022, more than 1,000 new homes were approved by Enfield Council. However, the type of homes approved did not reflect local needs or planning policy. A large number of homes were granted planning permission in the first six months of 2022. More than 1,000 new homes were granted planningContinue reading “Enfield is not on track to build the homes the borough needs.”

Planning in Enfield: Call for transparency

Most London councils publish the comments and objections made about planning applications on their website.  But not Enfield. Our research shows that more than three-quarters (76%) of local authorities across London openly publish comments submitted by the public about planning applications in their area. Councils say they publish the comments in recognition of their statutoryContinue reading “Planning in Enfield: Call for transparency”

Enfield’s Housing Pipeline – 2021 Review

This report summarises our analysis of the number and types of homes that gained planning approval in Enfield in 2021 and since 2019. The aim of the report is to assess whether Enfield is likely to start to meet housing targets in the foreseeable future, and whether the type of homes local people need areContinue reading “Enfield’s Housing Pipeline – 2021 Review”

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”

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”

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”

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.”