More homes planned for Hadley Wood, including 160 on Green Belt fields and within larger buildings between, behind and replacing existing homes.
The Plan is available on https://new.enfield.gov.uk/services/planning/draft-new-local-plan/ but beware that it’s a 15MB file (413 pages).
- Local authorities must have a Local Plan that sets out their planning policies. These influence how individual planning applications are decided. It also allows Councils to release land from the Green Belt for development where they don’t think the housing need can be met from brownfield sites (= land that was previously developed).
- Enfield have published their draft Plan to 2039. After a 12 week consultation period (ending 13 Sep) the Planning Dept will review the feedback and put a revised document out to consultation, likely next summer. It will then be examined by a Planning Inspector, who will almost certainly hold public hearings before deciding whether the Plan is sound and can be adopted. The process is expected to take over 2 years.
- The Plan aims to add 25,000 new homes to the current 130,000, through “Good Growth”. It is based around ten “place-making areas” (not Hadley Wood), directing development to “the most accessible and well-connected places”.
- However, Hadley Wood will be affected by:
- 160 homes on Green Belt land between Crescent West and Camlet Way (= <1% of 25,000 target);
- Policies that encourage more homes to be built, at higher densities, within existing residential streets.
- 3,000 new homes at Chase Park, opposite the Pick Your Own Farm on Hadley Road, which will increase traffic on Stagg Hill/Cockfosters Road;
- 30,000m² of industrial space at the start of The Ridgeway (next to St John’s School);
- There are therefore three main areas you may have views on:
- Development proposal on Green Belt land in Hadley Wood;
- Policies that could make it easier to replace existing homes with larger, maybe taller, buildings that sit closer together
- Developments on other Green Belt sites (especially Chase Park and Crews Hill);
- The Green Belt site in Hadley Wood was not in the Council’s previous draft, but the Duchy of Lancaster as owner put it forward following a call for sites. The Council deem it suitable for 160 homes, 50% of which must be affordable housing (half social rented, half ‘intermediate’ which includes starter homes and older person accommodation).
- The Enfield Plan needs to fit in with the London Plan, which recommends building more homes within 800m of a station, even if there are few local facilities and it is difficult to get to shops, work, schools etc without driving. The London Plan assumes just being close to a station makes a place suitable for sustainable, non-car dependent, living. The Enfield Plan is taking this forward by proposing both Green Belt release and more infill building in the area.
- We believe it to be the wrong location for more homes, and that Enfield should first use available better connected and served brownfield sites - these could provide most if not all of the required new homes without the need to release Green Belt land or damage the character and natural environment in this area.
- Green Belt, well separated buildings, richly planted gardens and trees being taller than buildings are important to the character of Hadley Wood, especially the Conservation Area.
- We do not believe the council has properly considered the potential impact of more homes in this area, which will make existing flooding issues worse, damage biodiversity and undermine the principle of the green belt and its role in preventing urban sprawl.
- The council have suggested no improvements for the area, they have no placemaking strategy for Hadley Wood. They are only proposing more homes at this stage.
- Being close to the railway station isn’t enough to make it a suitable location for a ‘sustainable development’, because public transport links are poor and there are very limited local amenities (healthcare, shopping, schooling, leisure). This will increase car use.
- We do not believe the Council have properly considered our local area or that the required ‘exceptional circumstances’ exist to allow it to be released from the Green Belt.
- The local residents’ planning group has been reviewing the Plan and is engaging expert consultants (planning, heritage, agricultural, landscaping and a lawyer). Our best chance of getting the site out of the Plan is by demonstrating the scale of local resistance at the outset. Residents are encouraged to help fund the cost of up to £50k – details of how to donate click HERE.
Link to the draft Plan proposal for Hadley Wood:
- 160 homes in Green Belt countryside at Hadley Wood (SA45: Land Between Camlet Way and Crescent Way, Hadley Wood, page 364);
Link to Duchy of Lancaster letter to Enfield Council, requesting that our Green Belt be included in the Enfield Plan (pages 15-17): click here