Enfield RoadWatch Action Group

Enfield’s Green Belt and Open Spaces Under Attack!

19-11-19  Two news items.

Recent polling by CPRE shows that millennials and Londoners are most likely to vote with the countryside and green spaces in mind.  Three in four Londoners say that protecting green spaces, including the Green Belt, is important to them – more than in any other region.  Candidates take note. CPRE poll results

Waltham Abbey’s Green Belt needs you help before November 22, 2019!  A Next HGV depot is proposed on Green Belt in Waltham Abbey. The application has recently been revised and resubmitted (ref EPF/2503/19). According to the EFDC [Epping Forest District Council] web site the public consultation will expire on 22-Nov.  Here is a flyer setting out the main concerns.   NEXT-flyer-02-A4(1)

Apart from the loss of Green Belt, the development would increase pressure on roads all around, including those in Enfield.  This area already suffers from severe traffic congestion and poor air quality. This is a major development that requires preparation of an EIA and a submission to the Secretary of State. There is a duty to consult neighbouring boroughs but Epping Forest may not have issued a notice to Enfield council.

If you are opposed to this development please submit an objection to the council by 22 November 2019. This can be done online at:

http://plan1.eppingforestdc.gov.uk/Northgate/PlanningExplorer/PLComments.aspx?pk=629493

17-11-19     Please take 2 minutes to write to the London Mayor
  • The Planning Inspector’s report on the Mayor’s new London Plan is proposing that Green Belt and Metropolitan Open Land protections are weakened. But our evidence shows we don’t need to build on our precious protected land and there are more socially and environmentally sustainable options.
  • Please take 2 minutes to write to Sadiq Khan by emailing mayor@london.gov.uk to ask him to stand firm on protecting Green Belt and MOL. CPRE has set out some suggested wording below. 

Suggested wording for letter to the Mayor

Dear Mayor,

Please stand firm – and protect London’s Green Belt and Metropolitan Open Land

I am very concerned about elements of the Inspectors Report on your draft London Plan and urge you to stand firm and protect the Green Belt and Metropolitan Open Land (MOL).  Our evidence shows that developing in London’s Green Belt will undermine environmental and social goals:

  • It will increase car-dependency and traffic congestion
  • It will be low-density, high carbon and land-hungry, and housing will be unaffordable

There are much better options: build attractive, ‘car-free’ development within the urban footprint, serviced by public transport. Inefficiently-used space and run-down sites can be transformed into places people want to live, redeveloped at appropriate density, incorporating affordable housing and enabling people to live within walking distance of local amenities.

Protection must mean just that: developers see weakening of Green Belt and MOL protection as an opportunity for short term financial gain.  It drives land speculation: land changes hands and pressure increases to develop it, as is already happening at Crews Hill in Enfield, for example.

I therefore strongly object to the following Planning Inspectorate Panel Recommendations:

  • (PR) 36 which calls for modifications to Policy G2. This would undermine your attempts to secure the effective protection of Green Belt which national policy is failing to provide.
  • (PRs) 30 and 31 to allow industrial development in the Green Belt. Reviewing Green Belt as proposed by the Inspectors would undermine your efforts to make better use of existing industrial land through intensification.
  • (PR) 35 that there should be a ‘comprehensive review of the Green Belt in London as part of the next review of the London Plan.’ This would directly lead to speculation, opportunism and land banking. It would tie the hands of the future Mayor, send the wrong signals to developers and undermine policies aimed at making better use of existing developed land.

I also strongly object to approach taken by the Inspectors to your proposed policies to protect Metropolitan Open Land which is critical in providing access to green spaces for all Londoners and in managing climate change. I strongly support your Policy G3 which seeks to ensure that the overall extent of MOL is not reduced and aims to improve its value for Londoners. I strongly oppose Panel Recommendations (PRs) 37 and 38 and urge you to retain effective policies to protect, extend and improve MOL. 

Please resist the Inspector’s Panel Recommendations which undermine the effectiveness of Green Belt and MOL policies in delivering sustainable patterns of development.

Yours sincerely,

5/11/19  The All Party Parliamentary Group has released a blueprint for protecting and respecting the Green Belt.  Candidates take note.  This should be part of every party manifesto!

Press Release

APPG London’s Green Belt report – A Positive Vision for London’s Green Belt

Crews Hill update.  The garden centre currently run by Wyevale has had a temporary reprieve. The site was purchased last year by a subsidiary of Berkeley Homes but development cannot move forwards while the site still has Green Belt protection.  A 2-year lease has been signed with British Garden Centres who will take over the site later this year.  This does not mean that the site has been saved.  We still need to fight for its Green Belt protection to remain in place!

Thanks to everyone who visited our stall at the Palmers Green Festival and at Canine Capers in Arnos Park in September.  They were both lovely events and we were happy to talk to so many people who support our Green Belt campaign and wanted to join our email list.  Please read our latest update Here  Together we are stronger!

Make sure you are receiving updates from Enfield’s Local Plan Team.  Enfield’s Local Plan Newsletter

There are many ways you can contribute our campaign, from volunteering to making a donation.  Find out more at Supporting the campaign   Or click on How Can I Help? where the most current needs will be highlighted in red. 

Check out our new social media awareness campaign which highlights the many benefits of the Green Belt.  Please share it widely!  I’m not just a Pretty Place!

Please sign our petition at change.org.uk

We are up to 22,772 and counting . . . .!  

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Our Campaign – a Snapshot  –  Enfield’s Green Belt and Open Spaces are under attack in the Local Plan Revision process. The Council would like to remove 7% or more of the Green Belt, including Crew’s Hill, for development.  This is an area equivalent to more than Trent Park or Forty Hall, two Durants Parks or ten Jubilees or Oakwoods!  Developers are working hard to make this happen, despite the fact that there is sufficient brownfield and previously-developed land for housing and infrastructure.  [Read more about that here: Space to Build in Enfield]  Enfield RoadWatch is fighting to protect the Green Belt for current and future generations because of its many benefits. [Click here to learn about them Why is the Green Belt important?]   Please add your voice to the campaign.

What is the Local Plan Revision Process? The Local Plan is Enfield Council’s vision for the future. The revision process includes pubic consultations when you can have your say. The first consultation closed at the end of February, 2019 and we hope the Council received a loud and clear message that Enfield’s residents want to keep all the borough’s Green Belt and Open Spaces.  [You can see more information about the first consultation under the Consultations tab.]  The next consultation will happen late this year or early in 2020 but we need to keep up the pressure while decisions are being made behind closed doors.  Please help us!   Click through here to find out how: How Can I Help?

About Enfield RoadWatch

Enfield RoadWatch began life in 2015 to protest the potential development of an important area of Green Belt South of Enfield Road – but because of the importance and many benefits of the borough’s entire network of Green Belt and Metropolitan Open Land [MOL] the action group now has a broader focus.   Please help us to save the Green Belt for the community and future generations!

Enfield RoadWatch is not alone, please visit Supporting the campaign for a list of people and associations who are also concerned and wish to save the Green Belt.

Objectives

  • To raise awareness of the five main purposes of the Green Belt according to the 2012 National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and the wider benefits it provides including improving air quality, supporting ecosystems and biodiversity, assisting the reduction of flood threats, creating opportunities for local food production, and providing areas for recreation and sport.
  • To identify any threats to the Green Belt, including any changes to Green Belt designations and pressure from inappropriate development proposals, and to share these with validated evidence with supporters on a regular basis.
  • To highlight the need for developers/bodies/authorities to comply with national policies and Mayoral commitment to first develop/ regenerate existing Brownfield sites and to discourage tactics such as land banking, which cause unnecessary pressures on protected green space to meet housing targets.
  • To campaign against and challenge any proposals to threaten the Green Belt in collaboration with community partners/associations, groups and volunteers, both locally and nationally by highlighting threats, gaining support and furthering our aims of protecting the Green Belt.
  • To securely keep and maintain a database of members so updates can be circulated.
  • To create and maintain appropriate communication channels with supporters, through the development of a user-friendly and functional website, regular news updates, and the use of social media to highlight both the benefits of and threats to Green Belt, locally and elsewhere, and to arrange meetings as appropriate.
  • To raise funds to further our aims through donations, grants, contributions, fund raising activities and any other lawful means.

Membership

  • The Action group is made up of residents who represent the community opposed to any development on Enfield’s Green Belt.  Ian D’Souza is the Chair, Carol Fisk is the Vice Chair.

 

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