Enfield RoadWatch Action Group

No need to build on any Green Belt

There is no need to build on any Green Belt!

A new report by CPRE [Campaign to Protect Rural England] shows clearly that

London can meet its housing need without releasing any Green Belt. ‘Space to Build: why we don’t need to build on green spaces to solve the housing crisis’ argues that delivering new homes in London has been hampered by slow build rates and a lack of funding for affordable homes but not, as often suggested, by a lack of suitable land.

The report details a range of opportunities to use suitable wasted space in London, from redeveloping existing single storey buildings into ‘mid-rise’ developments, to reclaiming road space and disused garages, which it says offer enormous potential for new housing. It shows:

  1. Sites for 560,000 homes have already been identified by planners
  2. Airspace – above existing buildings – could provide at least 500,000 homes
  3. Small sites can deliver more than 100,000 homes
  4. Estate regeneration could deliver up to 360,000 homes
  5. Car parks can provide space for 75,000 homes
  6. Disused garages can provide space for 16,000 homes
  7. Reclaiming roads and roundabouts could provide space for 10,000 homes
  8. Increasing housing densities in Outer London could deliver 20,000 homes each year
  9. Bringing empty homes back into use can deliver 5,000 homes


Alice Roberts of CPRE London states: “Londoners may be surprised to know that permissions have in fact already been granted for 260,000 homes in the capital. At the current build rate of 25,000 new homes per year, that alone will keep us going for 10 years. With all the other opportunities identified in this report, which don’t involve a return to high-rise development, we have enough space to be building for 40 years.”

[To read the full report visit: http://www.cprelondon.org.uk/news/item/2361-space-for-a-million-new-homes-and-more-in-london-without-building-on-greenfields]

These are all important arguments to make as Enfield moves through its Local Plan revision. Enfield RoadWatch believes that the borough’s Green Belt is a precious resource that should be left intact and that there are no legitimate reasons to de-designate any of it.

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