Following the extraordinary council meeting on 9th June 2021, Enfield's Labour Council have
approved the Draft Regulation 18 Enfield Local Plan: 2019-3039.
This means that this Labour administration's long standing dream of creating density in the West of Enfield is coming closer to fruition. This includes plans to build 3,000 homes on Vicarage Farm (Land between Hadley Road & Enfield Rd) and a further 3,000 homes throughout Crews Hill. Developers have already presented a vision of building many more thousands than the 6,000 suggested.
Once the green belt is gone, it is gone. It will never be seen or enjoyed again and will be the beginning of the end of the green belt in the whole of Enfield. Our green belt will no longer be untouchable and the council will have the confidence to build on any green space within Enfield, whether it be your local park, sports fields or farm land.
A 12-week consultation that allowed for Enfield's residents to submit their comments to the Council has now ended but you are still able to voice your concerns to Michael Gove MP, Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities. firstname.lastname@example.org
We, together with local residents have emailed Mr. Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London's office in regards of our concerns of Enfield Council's plans to allow for the development on our green belt. In response his office wrote the following:
The Mayor strongly supports the continued protection of London's Green Belt. Through his London Plan 2021 the Mayor recognises the importance of the capital's Green Belt which makes up 22 per cent of London's land area. The Green Belt performs multiple beneficial functions for London, such as combating the urban heat island effect, growing food, and providing space for recreation. Protection of the Green Belt drives the re-use and intensification of London's previously developed brownfield land to ensure London makes efficient use of its land and infrastructure, and that inner urban areas benefit from regeneration and investment.
The draft Enfield Local Plan, which will soon be out for public consultation, will set out the parameters for future development proposals in the area for the next 15 years. Consultation and engagement with the Local community is an essential part of the preparation of Enfield's Local Plan, so it is important that you make your views known to the council when presented with that opportunity in the coming weeks.
The Mayor expects Enfield's Local Plan to align with the policies in the London Plan, and all planning applications to comply with the London Plan, in terms of the continued protection of the London's Green Belt.
Senior Strategic Planner, London Plan and Growth Strategies Team
City Hall, The Queen's Walk, London SE1 2AA
It is clear that the Mayor's office is at odds with Enfield Council's local plan. If you have not contacted the Mayor's office already, please do so as it is important that his office recognises that residents are in opposition to the local plan.