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The Draft Local Plan Consultation closed on September 13. Your response was amazing!

Thank you!! We can’t thank you enough for answering the call to help save Enfield’s Green Belt. We delivered over 1,500 consultation letters to the Civic Centre and were copied on over 200 email responses.  Many people will have responded direct so that should amount to several hundred more people telling the Council NO! Let’s hope they listen!  And a special thank to our army of volunteers! You’re all stars!

What’s Next?  The recent consultation is known as ‘Regulation 18’. The Council will review the input from everywhere and finalise the Draft Local Plan. There will be a ‘Regulation 19’ consultation next year followed by an ‘Examination in Public’. The process of preparing a Local Plan is lengthy and convoluted but we will keep you informed. Please ask your friends, neighbours and family members to share their email addresses with us so they can also stay informed and engaged.  Just drop us an email and we’ll sign you up.

Official responses to the consultation

We are always anxious to see what politicians higher up the chain make of Enfield’s proposals. So far we have heard from the Mayor of London and Enfield North MP, Feryal Clark.

The Mayor of London makes it clear that he does not support the plan as proposed and would like to see many changes. With respect to releasing Green Belt he says: Having considered Enfield’s draft Plan and the evidence to support the preferred approach it is the Mayor’s opinion that the exceptional circumstances that are required to justify the release of Green Belt land through the Local Plan process have not been established. This is good news and we hope the council pays due attention. You can find the full response here. Click on the 2021 link.

Enfield North MP, Feryal Clark has also made her response public. She states that an adequate case has not been made for releasing Green Belt and that therefore ‘the inclusion of this land represents a waste of the Council’s Regeneration and Planning resources as these sites have no realistic chance of being successfully brought forward’. You can read her full response here.

The Council should now be considering all the input they have received and deciding what changes, if any, they should make to the draft plan. We hope they make a lot!

Please note, information about the Draft Local Plan consultation has moved to the Past Consultations page.

Thanks for your continued support.

Please sign our petition at change.org.uk   Search for ‘Protect Enfield’.

We’re now over 35,000!  But we are not done yet. Have you signed yet? 

There are many ways you can contribute our campaign, from volunteering to making a donation.  Find out more at Supporting the campaign.   ,

11-6-21  The campaign is gearing up and we will be back in touch once we’ve had a chance to review the consultation materials.  Here is the newsletter we sent out to supporters yesterday with more details about what we are planning.

9-6-21  As anticipated, the vote went along party lines at the Council meeting tonight so the consultation will proceed on the preferred option.  The consultation will start around June 20 and will run for 12 weeks.  We’ll post information about it when we see the various options for responding.  We must get as many people as possible to respond.  We will be gearing up soon with banners, posters, fliers, ads and intensifying our social media.  We’ll post more about how you can get a banner or yard sign in a few days. Losing the vote tonight was expected – though we had hoped that some Labour councillors would defy the whip – but we are now ready for the next phase.

7-6-21  Today the combined campaigns to save Enfield’s Green Belt wrote to all the Councillors in advance of the Wednesday council meeting.  We urged them to do the following:

  1. That the consultation period should be of 12 weeks duration, the same as the previous consultation.
  2. A public consultation about the development options only, not the Preferred Option draft Local Plan.
  3. A public debate in an all-Member panel with powers to decide and agree the Preferred Option prior to endorsement by Full Council.
  4. Panel reports accompanied by sufficient and accurate information on each option so Councillors’ decisions affecting Enfield for the next 20 years are fully informed and transparent to the public, to whom they are accountable.

The Preferred Option would be a disaster for Enfield and is being pushed through with undue haste, when there are better alternatives. The local plan documents are voluminous, incorrect and incomplete and we want the Councillors to pause for a breath and consider whether they really want this to be their legacy to the borough.

Please feel free to use any of these points and information in your own communication to local politicians – and others.

For those who want more information about the problems, here are additional documents to read:

Consultation Letter to all Councillors – Final 060621

Scenarios and Options in Plan

Issues with Option B 07-06-21

Enfield Draft Local Plan Analysis of Documentation June 6 2021

Enfield Draft Local Plan – key extracts (1)(1)

2-6-21 Draft local plan released and it’s an assault on our Green Belt!

The Council’s preferred option is to build 3,500+ homes on the Green Belt farmland both sides of the A110 all the way to Oakwood Station and to build 7,500+ homes at Crews Hill, which is also Green Belt, pushing aside all the garden centres and family businesses there.  The developers must be cracking open the champagne.

None of this is necessary as homes can be built on brownfield elsewhere and it’s a tragic short-term decision that will haunt Enfield’s residents forever.

We don’t know yet when the consultation will start but we will let you know so you can respond and say NO!!!  In the meantime, it’s important to write to your Councillors before they vote on the plan on June 9 and tell them that they represent you, not the party.  You can find your Councillors here.

We will be updating the website frequently and sending out email updates as necessary.  If you’d like to be added to our email list, please let us know.  And if you’d like to read the draft local plan for yourself it is here

20-5-21  New report released on the Green Belt and affordable housing

Council’s lose-lose housing strategy is a disaster for Enfield, say campaigners

In a new report, released today, [1] a coalition of local groups [2] say Enfield’s approach to new housing fails to deliver desperately needed family homes and unnecessarily promotes paving over our precious green fields instead of regenerating deprived areas.

The campaigners say the latest attempt to oblige release of Green Belt land [3] is unlikely to solve Enfield’s housing crisis [4] and ignores the vast amounts of previously-developed brownfield sites in need of regeneration. There are enough of these brownfield sites to provide the new homes that are needed, without building tower blocks, but the Council says it is unable to demonstrate a five-year supply of housing land and has only met 56% of its housing requirements [5].

Matt Burn of Better Homes for Enfield observed that “Our research also shows that affordable housing targets are routinely missed, especially targets for genuinely affordable social rent housing”.

“Enfield’s housing needs are being routinely side-lined in a drive to meet overall targets. We think that now more than ever, a new approach to housing is required that focuses on needs, not numbers”[6]

Alice Roberts of CPRE London said: “The London Borough of Enfield recently released a local Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment including 29 Green Belt sites which they say have potential for housing development”.

“But Green Belt housing is typically well out of range of anyone on low income. CPRE research [7] shows only a tenth of homes built in the Green Belt are ‘affordable’ and these are rarely for social rent. Additionally, people living in Green Belt developments have poor access to public transport and are tied to owning and using cars, as well as being stuck with the cost of commuting, creating further financial stress for families on low incomes”.

“The Council claims to be working for low-income residents but building on the Green Belt is likely to benefit only developers and wealthier people ”.

Among the Green Belt sites targeted for destruction are: [8]
• Eight horticulture nurseries in Crews Hill, which campaigners say should be saved to provide local jobs and locally produced food
• Several large areas of productive farmland, vital for local food production at a time of food insecurity and climate emergency
• Edmonton Marsh, part of the Lee Valley Regional Park which is essential to provide a new park for residents in Meridian Water; an area already deprived of green space, vital for the well-being of local communities . [9]

Furthermore, Enfield Council is conducting another Green Belt Review for publication with the Local Plan [10]. Since the preceding comprehensive review is only 7 years old [11], this is either suspicious or precipitate, especially since the London Plan 2020 states that “The Green Belt should be protected from inappropriate development”.[12]

David Flint of EnCaf (Enfield Climate Action Forum) said: “Building on the Green Belt also leads to urban sprawl, undermines our ability to tackle pollution, climate change and the collapse of ecosystems, and eliminates local food production, wildlife habitats and of course areas for recreation for Enfield’s growing population.”

“We are urging local residents to contact their MP and local councillors, and to respond to the upcoming Local Plan consultation. They should say No to Green Belt destruction and Yes to urban regeneration and genuinely affordable homes and a sustainable future.”

Carol Fisk of Enfield RoadWatch added : “We need to secure London’s Green Belt for future generations. It would be tragic indeed to squander it just as millions of Londoners, in the wake of the pandemic, have discovered its life-saving value”.

A lot of the Green Belt is already owned or optioned by developers; the threats to Enfield’s Green Belt are very real.

Media Release Footnotes

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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