The Local Plan Issues and Options consultation is now active. It is available online on the Council website and on paper in the libraries. This is an extremely important consultation for the future of the borough’s Green Belt and we encourage everyone to have their say. It will run until February 28, 2019 and can be completed as an online or paper survey or you can email or post your comments about any parts of it. All the links are provided at the end of this update.
But please note – the consultation itself says little about the Council’s underlying plans for the Green Belt. These can only be found in other related documents. Because the consultation is long and complicated, with some questions that need background knowledge or research and others that are a bit confusing or misleading, you may prefer to wait for us to do the work for you!
Enfield RoadWatch will post comments and guidance on this website early in the New Year. The consultation is, of course, about much more than the future of the Green Belt, but we will restrict our comments to areas that could influence the Green Belt. Join our email list to learn when the information has been posted on our website.
What are the Council’s plans for the Green Belt?
Councillor Ahmet Oykener has been quoted in the Enfield Independent: “Our local plan options including looking at a tiny section – approximately five to seven per cent – of Green Belt land and considering whether it may be suitable for quality and affordable homes for families’.
5-7% of Enfield’s Green Belt is the equivalent of two Forty Hall or Durants parks or ten Jubilees or Oakwoods. That is not a ‘tiny section’! It could include much of Crews Hill but also other areas. We need to say NO!!!
Is Green Belt needed to meet housing targets?
The answer is a resounding NO! Enfield has brownfield areas, in addition to Meridian Water, that are ripe for redevelopment. Green Belt is the lazy and short-sighted answer to meeting housing needs.
We will publish more information on this website in the New Year along with many arguments for keeping our Green Belt intact.
How can you help?
- Respond to the consultation before February 28, 2019.
- Every household member can respond separately so encourage your family members to have their say too.
- Spread the word in person and online and include our website link for guidance.
- We can provide fliers for delivery in your local area. Please let us know if you can help.
- Email your Ward Councillors and tell them you don’t want to lose any Green Belt! Your Councillors – Enfield Council
- Email your London Assembly Rep, Joanne McCartney and ask her to help preserve Enfield’s Green Belt. firstname.lastname@example.org
- Email your local MP and ask him/her to help. Find your MP and contact information here: https://www.parliament.uk/mps-lords-and-offices/mps/
- Make the case for the Green Belt to your Councillors and neighbours at Ward forums and other meetings.
- Let us know of any local meetings we could attend to make the case for the Green Belt.
- Share any other ideas with us.
Links for the Local Plan consultation:
Link to the Local Plan consultation home page: https://new.enfield.gov.uk/services/planning/planning-policy/local-plan/
Here you can download the 52-page consultation survey summary draft new Local Plan 2036 (PDF)
and the 216-page draft local plan draft new Local Plan 2036 (PDF) (LP2036) This longer document contains much more detail about the Council’s plans for the Green Belt than are mentioned in the consultation.
An email link for responses is provided on this page.
The postal address for responses is on the actual survey:
Enfield Council Strategic Planning and Design, NW5036, EN1 3BR
Please note: Question 1 of the consultation [page 6] refers back to the Core Strategy (2010) and the Development Management Document (2014) Both of these long documents include important policies about the Green Belt and the question cannot be answered meaningfully without reference to them. These documents can be accessed from the same planning policy link shown above by clicking on the relevant box at the top of the page.
MUCH MORE INFORMATION AND GUIDANCE WILL BE POSTED ON THIS WEBSITE IN THE NEW YEAR.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT!