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'Unfair, unreasonable and undemocratic': Council accused of reneging on local plan consultation promise

07 February 2024

A statement issued on 7th February by Action for Enfield's Future expresses the frustration felt by its constituent community groups at the failure of the council leadership and the majority of ward councillors from both parties to fulfil the promise made in 2022 to engage effectively with residents about the content of the new Enfield Local Plan.

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'Time is running out for meaningful discussions' of Enfield Local Plan

31 January 2024

Community groups in Enfield are calling on both parties on the council to fulfil their promise to engage properly with residents before a key vote on an official planning document that will have a decisive impact on the borough's future development. Time is running out before the council debates the draft Enfield Local Plan, yet councillors have arranged ward forums in only nine out of 25 wards.

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Civic sector groups highlight draft Enfield Local Plan's threats to green belt and proposals for tall buildings

18 January 2024

Civil society groups in Enfield have repeated their calls to borough residents to ask their councillors to set up special ward forums to discuss the draft Enfield Local Plan before it is debated in full council. They are concerned in particular about plans to build on green belt land and for tall buildings in town centres, including Palmers Green. In addition, they want residents to call for the evidence that the draft plan is based on to be made available to the public.

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Discussing the Enfield Local Plan in your ward forums

10 January 2024

Action for Enfield's Future - a non-political consortium of Enfield-based residents and civil sector groups - are asking the borough's residents to write to their ward councillors requesting a special ward forum to discuss the draft Enfield Local Plan. In Winchmore Hill ward a meeting is already scheduled for Friday 19th January.

'The most heartbreaking stories of my career': Reporting on homelessness in Enfield

05 January 2024

In the last week of December 2023 James Cracknell, editor of Enfield Dispatch, posted a Twitter thread drawing together and commenting on 15 news reports on the personal impact of homelessness in the borough. It's a powerful plea to take action and also a powerful demonstration of the value of truly independent local newspapers.

Council publishes draft local plan 2024 - 2041

06 December 2023

Enfield Council has today published the draft version of its proposed Local Plan for the period 2024 to 2041. There now follows a 13-week period during which councillors will be able to discuss the draft with residents before it is formally put to the vote at a full council meeting on 6th March. The revised draft retains controversial proposals for extensive housebuilding on Green Belt land.

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Scale of developer's 'vision' for building on green belt revealed

09 August 2023

Analysis of recently published inputs to the 2021 public consultation on the next Enfield Local Plan has revealed the scale of the ambitions of housing developers to build on extensive areas of land in the borough currently classified as Metropolitan Green Belt - but also among the submissions from developers there were some calling on the council to give preference to building on 'brownfield land', including sites in Palmers Green.

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Enfield Dispatch's exclusive shows the value of an independent local press

02 January 2023

Why did seven Labour councillors ignore strongly expressed professional advice about risks to life and other serious deficiencies and vote against a motion to refuse planning permission for a new tower block in Brimsdown? Some information that might provide a clue has been unearthed by the borough's independent community newspaper, Enfield Dispatch, and is revealed in the lead front-page story in its December issue, published yesterday.

Call for public to attend rescheduled local plan council debate

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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Local plan petitioners to put their case to Enfield Council

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.

Local plan petitioners hit signatures target

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.

Forcing the local plan process into the daylight: Sign the petition to Enfield 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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Car park wars

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.

Renters need a national landlord register - sign the open letter

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.

Further criticism of Green Belt housing plans as consultation deadline nears

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.

Criticism of Green Belt housing proposals aired at climate forum meeting

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.

Civic groups unite in opposition to council green belt and tall buildings plans

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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Confirmation that Enfield's Green Belt is threatened

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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Plans submitted for redevelopment of key site in Palmers Green

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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Threat to Enfield's Green Belt becomes a reality

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.

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