9-4-21 Local Plan update – Our Green Belt is still vulnerable!
LBE recently released its new SHLAA [Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment] listing sites that could be developed for housing in the 0-15 year timeframe. [You can download the document from the Local Plan Evidence Base page here.] This document is part of the current Local Plan revision process. It is unusual for a London borough to do their own because the Mayor of London creates one for the whole of the capital, which is used as the basis for the housing targets. However, Enfield felt the need to find more of the smaller sites which have traditionally produced about 20% of the borough’s new homes.
We were very concerned to see not only many small sites included but also 28 Green Belt sites covering 330 hectares. Map and list Despite the protections for Green Belt contained in the NPPF [National Planning Policy Framework] and the new London Plan all these sites are shown as ‘potentially developable’ in the plan timeframe. The SHLAA does state that inclusion in the document does not mean a site will ultimately be developed. However, an extensive Green Belt review has been undertaken, so it appears that inclusion of the Green Belt sites is not just nominal.
A very important consultation on Enfield’s Draft Local Plan will launch at the beginning of June and we urge everyone to take part in that. More information will be available at that time on this website and we will email people who are on our list. If you would like to be added, please get in touch.
Enfield RoadWatch, in collaboration with The Enfield Society and CPRE-London, created Space to Build – Enfield – a survey of brownfield and previously-developed sites in the borough that could be used for housing or mixed-use development. The Council is required to consider brownfield before greenfield sites. We advocate for only a small portion of the sites, but the report demonstrates ample room to meet several times the current housing target.
With the new London Plan now final, the target set by the Mayor for Enfield is 12,460 new homes over the next ten years. Better Homes for Enfield’s report Needs not Numbers identifies almost that many already in the pipeline but highlights the need for more larger units to be included to meet borough targets for family homes and more affordable homes. Space to Build shows that these can be accommodated without releasing Green Belt.
The Council would like to build more than the Mayor’s target to make up for previous shortfalls and there is a danger that ‘exceptional circumstances’ could be invoked to release Green Belt sites for extra and/or larger homes. This despite the commitment to safeguard Green Belt in the new London Plan.
So we continue to monitor the progress of the Local Plan and to be alert for opportunities, through consultations and other means, to advocate for NO loss of Green Belt in the borough. Please help us with this mission. Thanks for your continued support.
9-4-21 Thanks to everyone who responded to the Local Plan vision survey. The results were presented at the March Environment Forum and can be seen here Other information about this consultation has now moved to the Consultations tab.
14-1-21 Thanks to everyone who responded to the Blue and Green Strategy Consultation which ended on January 11. Now we wait for the results. For those who missed it and would like to catch up here are the links:
Enfield RoadWatch response Here
EnCAF [Enfield Climate Action Forum] response Here
Please visit our Consultations tab for more information Here
30-10-20 And thanks to everyone who responded to the two previous consultations!
The LBE consultation on their draft Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment [SHLAA] methodology and the Government’s consultation on their planning reform proposals both closed yesterday. We hope the combined responses of many people and organisations to both consultations will make a difference.
Just to re-cap:
16-10-20 Enfield RoadWatch is now working with Enfield Climate Action Forum [EnCaf] EnCaf a coalition of over 60 groups from all over the borough who are concerned about many different environmental challenges. Our first collaboration is a strategic vision for Enfield’s farming and horticultural land. A vision for the use of land in NW Enfield If you have expertise or time to lend to the project, please get in touch.
Enfield’s Cabinet has adopted a Climate Action Plan. Link through to the Palmers Green Community newsletter for a review and to read the Plan.
Local Green Belt Update [October 2020]
- Goodbye to the Green Belt Forum – The Council has voted to abolish the Green Belt Forum and two other statutory committees dealing with planning in conservation areas and public transport. It has been replaced with an Environment Forum, which is supposed to deal with all three issues. Enfield RoadWatch does not have a place at the table, but we are monitoring the Forum’s activities. A sad day for democracy in our borough.
- Enfield Chase Restoration – the Council is moving forwards with an ambitious woodland creation scheme as part of its climate action plan. The project will see up to 170 hectares of new woodland with over 100,000 trees planted over the next few years. At this stage they are waiting for approval of their plans from the Forestry Commission. Exact locations for tree planting this winter are being finalised and a call for volunteers will go out once the first phase has been finalised. You can read more about the project Here
- Enfield Road Fields – The horses have gone and rumours have been swirling, so we called the horse owner for information. He said that tending to them in the present circumstances had become difficult because he lives in Essex so he has sold them. His lease expires in October/November and, if it is renewed, he may replace the horses. The fields remain firmly in the Green Belt and cannot be built on while they are.
- Whitewebbs Park – Again there are lots of rumours about a purchaser of the lease but nothing verified yet. We will post something definite as soon as we hear it.
- Crews Hill – We understand that there is still a desire in the Council to develop part of the area for housing. This can happen only if the land is removed from Green Belt protection, which would happen in the Local Plan revision process. It has been hard to monitor the process during lockdown but another consultation should happen in the next few months. We will let you know when that happens so you can voice your opinions. Here is a March article from The Independent with an update Green Belt in Enfield facing major threat
- Jubilee Cottage planning application – Update – the application was refused! This is the white house on the North side of Enfield Road opposite the Enfield Road fields. An application has been submitted to demolish the existing buildings to build a day nursery. An earlier application was rejected as being inappropriate development in the Green Belt. There are many other issues too, including road access and loss of housing. The Enfield Society has submitted an objection.
Thanks to everyone who wrote to the Mayor earlier this year asking him to stand firm on his commitment to preserving the Green Belt. He listened and he has responded very firmly to the Planning Inspectors. Thank you, Mayor Khan!
- This article has a good synopsis of his response, which also includes reducing the housing targets and removing the presumption in favour of development in town centres and around transport hubs. onlondon article
- If you’d like more in depth information, go here Official documents Of particular interest is ‘Response to the Panel Recommendations’ which gives specific statements relating to Green Belt protection.
The All Party Parliamentary Group has released a blueprint for protecting and respecting the Green Belt. This should inform the Government’s policies!
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
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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.
- 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.
- 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.