Subject tag: Housing

24 September 2022

The debate about a petition demanding adequate debate about the new Enfield Local Plan has been rescheduled and will now be held at 7pm on Wednesday 12th October at a newly convened meeting of Enfield Council. Campaigners are asking supporters to fill the public gallery and, if available, any overspill capacity in the Civic Centre.

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08 September 2022

As a result of their success in collecting signatures supporting a petition calling for a debate on the draft local plan in full council, the coalition of local groups behind the campaign have been invited to make their case at the next meeting of Enfield Council, on Wednesday 21st September.

31 August 2022

With one day remaining before the 1st September deadline for residents to sign the Debate Enfield's Local Plan petition, signatures have already considerably exceeded the number required to force a debate about the local plan in full council.

15 June 2022

In a bid to 'force the local plan process into the daylight', civic sector societies and community organisations in the borough have joined forces to launch a petition calling on Enfield Council to provide for thorough discussion of the revised draft local plan before it is submitted to the official government inspector. The deadline for adding your name to the petition is 31st July.

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25 November 2021

Architect's Journal has a detailed article about the hitches that Transport for London (TfL) has come up against as it tries to build new housing on tube car parks. Two of the controversial projects are not far from PG - at Arnos Grove and Cockfosters. If this is an issue that interests you, well worth reading because it is unusually thorough and looks at the issues from many different angles.

10 November 2021

Overstretched local councils provide the safety net in our broken renting system. They step in when private renting fails to protect renters who are unfairly evicted from their homes, faced with homelessness or living in dangerous conditions. A register would help councils better enforce the law when things go wrong.

09 September 2021

In the run-up to the end of the current consultation phase for the Enfield Local Plan (the deadline is Monday 13th September), the Enfield Society has published its response to Enfield Council's draft document. While welcoming some aspects, the Society completely rejects the idea of housing or other types of development being built on all but a very few small parts of the borough's Green Belt land. Another newly published response, from Enfield Climate Action Forum, voices similar criticisms from a primarily environmental sustainability perspective.

04 August 2021

The July meeting of Enfield Climate Action Forum included presentations by Enfield Road Watch and Better Homes Enfield criticising Enfield Council's proposal to allow housing construction on Green Belt land.

14 July 2021

With eight weeks remaining for residents to provide feedback on the draft Enfield Local Plan, two of the borough's civic groups have joined forces to campaign against the council's proposals to declassify several areas of green belt land in the borough to allow their use for large-scale housing developments. A third group says that the draft plan will not solve the borough's chronic shortage of family-sized and affordable homes.

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03 June 2021

Draft Enfield Local Plan documentation published this week confirms that the administration in the Civic Centre envisages large-scale housebuilding on Green Belt land at Crews Hill and to the east of Trent Park.

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02 June 2021

The summary description of planning application 21-01230-FUL relating to 88 Green Lanes N13 5UP gives little clue to its significance, but this is a key site for Palmers Green in terms of both its history and its location.

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26 May 2021

Developers' proposals to build up to 5000 new homes on farmland to the east of Trent Park have made it clear that concerns about the threat to Enfield's Green Belt land have not been exaggerated. The plans were revealed only a few days after a coalition of civic society groups issued a report labelling the idea of building homes on this protected land 'a huge mistake' and calling on concerned residents to write to their councillors and MPs expressing their opposition.

24 February 2021

A newly published report by a group campaigning for improvements to housing conditions in Enfield says that current plans for new housing on brownfield land at Meridian Water, Upper Edmonton, will not provide an adequate amount of 'greenspace' for the 30,000 people that the council envisages living there.

02 December 2020

The campaigning group Better Homes Enfield says plans for construction of new homes on two areas of publicly owned land are not in line with Enfield Council's own policies on the need for family-sized homes and affordable housing. It calls on the council to seize the opportunity to relieve overcrowding in Edmonton by building fewer, but larger, homes at Meridian Water. With regard to the development of former hospital land at Chase Farm, in addition to the questions of housing size and affordability, it criticises outline planning permission granted for homes built at density levels normally seen in more urban settings, but neighbouring on the green belt and without the urban style amenities (shops,cafes etc) which normally support such dense development.

14 October 2020

The architectural practice EPR is consulting on its initial proposals for Palace Square, a shopping and residential development that would replace the existing Palace Gardens and Palace Exchange shopping centres. At its heart would be a 26-storey tower. Consultation runs until 30th October and there will be online events on 15th and 26th October.

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10 October 2020

A new development proposed for Hobart Corner, New Southgate, would consist of two high-rise residential blocks with commercial spaces on the ground floor. The new buildings, providing 183 new homes, will replace the gasholder which was demolished in September, after serving as a local landmark since the 1930s.

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16 September 2020

A specialist financial website has reported the completion of a £12 million 'senior development loan' to the Dominvs Group to finance the redevelopment of the Fox pub and its former car parking area.

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27 July 2020

A new report by the campaign Better Homes Enfield concludes that the vast majority of new housing developments planned for Enfield neglect the urgent need for family-sized housing and for social rent housing. The authors say that far too many of the 11,000 homes 'in the pipeline' are small flats and the current strategy will not help tackle the borough's overcrowding problem and associated health and wellbeing problems. They call for a new approach that focuses on 'needs, not numbers'.

06 June 2020

A joint submission by the Enfield Society, Enfield RoadWatch and CPRE-London regarding proposals to redevelop the Colosseum Retail Park in Enfield comments not just on the specific project, but also on wider issues about housing developments in the borough.

18 May 2020

The Place Alliance and its partner organisations carry out research into and campaign for improvements to the built environment. They are currently carrying out a survey of how the quality of people's homes and neighbourhoods supports - or fails to support - their lives during lockdown. This short online survey runs until 24th May.