Enfield RoadWatch Action Group

Enfield’s Green Belt and Open Spaces Under Attack!

Green Belt Forum update – Thanks to everyone who attended the Forum. It was an excellent turnout and participants made their feelings about the future of Whitewebbs and the Green Belt very clear. In terms of Whitewebbs there will be an opportunity for public engagement in a few weeks and we will post that info when it is available.  With regard to the Local Plan Revision and the Green Belt, the next full consultation on the Draft Local Plan is not expected before the summer, if then, but there may be other smaller surveys before then that will need attention so please stay tuned!

For those you concerned about the future of Whitewebbs [which is most of us] a petition is now live on the Council website here Whitewebbs petition   It closes on January 31, 2020.  The petition states:

We the undersigned petition the Council to 1. call upon the Council to avoid any measures or developments that will in any way restrict the citizens of Enfield from freely enjoying full access to the woodlands, amenities, current physical activities, golf and the open spaces of Whitewebbs Park. 2. ask that the Council restrict developments and landholding in the park to those that will maintain full use of the park by ordinary citizens and to those that will not damage or radically change the atmosphere, usage and environment of the park. 3. ask that no development will be permitted that will have an adverse effect on the climate and air quality of Enfield through construction work and traffic generation. 4. Ask that nothing be done that will adversely affect the ancient woodland and biodiversity of the whole park. 5. ask that there be full public consultation with all interested park users before any proposals are agreed and implemented.

Thanks to everyone who wrote to the Mayor 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 new Government’s policies!

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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