We have now submitted our response to the Draft Local Plan, which can be downloaded here (84 pages). In our opinion, which is based on our detailed analysis of both the Draft Local Plan (DLP) and the accompanying Evidence Base, the DLP will not deliver the type of housing Enfield needs or make the bestContinue reading “This plan is not the plan Enfield needs: Better Homes Enfield’s response to Draft Local Plan Reg 18 Consultation”
In July we wrote to Enfield Council to express our concerns about the Draft Local Plan Consultation and have decided to publish our letter. The full letter can be downloaded here. In summary, our concerns are that: Important information is missing from the draft Local Plan, making it impossible to give a fully consideredContinue reading “Local Plan Consultation: Better Homes Enfield complaint letter”
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”
Planning officers and senior leaders at Enfield Council have been repeatedly warned about the lack of family housing being built on housing developments in Enfield, but these warnings were either ignored or argued against, despite clear breaches of planning policy. Scroll forward, and the council now plans to build on large parts of Enfield’sContinue reading “Are Enfield Council’s plans to build on the Green Belt the result of its own failings?”
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”
Data shows that Enfield Council is housing residents in converted office blocks outside the borough.
Controversial Permitted Development Rights (PD) for office to residential conversions were introduced by the Conservative Government in 2013. The aim was to create homes quickly by allowing developers to convert offices without going through the normal planning process. The policy has backfired. Conservative MP Robert Halfon described PD as: “… a policy that is possiblyContinue reading “Office conversions are negatively impacting Enfield’s town centres”