Enfield Road Watch - Green Belt land at risk
GREEN BELT LAND AT ENFIELD ROAD
Wildlife, Mature Trees and Green Open Space is now at risk!
UPDATE MARCH 24th 2016
We'd like firstly to thank all of you who took the time to complete the Local Plan Consultation. The full results won't be out for another few weeks, but the statistics have been analysed and you spoke loud and clear! It was the largest Local Plan consultation response that Enfield has ever received and 82% of the respondents strongly disagreed with building on the Green Belt. Developing industrial land and around town centres were the top two options chosen. We hope the Council will take note. The Local Plan process will continue throughout this year along with a Green Belt boundary review. Enfield RoadWatch [ERW] will continue to monitor this, keep you informed and, most likely, ask for your help along the way.
As we advised you last month, Wren Enfield Academy was approved by the Department for Education and is now in its pre-opening phase. This includes working with the Education Funding Agency to find and secure a suitable site for the school. However, it appears that Wren is focusing all its efforts on the Enfield Road fields, and continues to state that the land is available for development. ERW is pursuing a number of strategies to try to locate the school elsewhere.
As part of the pre-opening phase, Wren is required to consult with the public, and this is where we need your assistance again. Please take the time to complete the survey on their website:
This is a good way to document how many people consider the Enfield Road/Oakwood site to be the wrong location for the school. Your views will be taken into consideration before final decisions are made by the proposers and the government and added to Wren's statutory consultation. Information on the Wren proposal is updated regularly on our website: http://enfieldroadwatch.co.uk/uncategorized/the-wren-and-education-funding-agency/
In preparation for when the planning application is submitted, ERW would like to conduct ecological, drainage and other surveys of the fields so we will have our own data to combat the reports provided by the developer. However, our requests for permission to access the fields were firstly ignored, and then categorically denied by Fairview New Homes, with no reason given. We will try again but, in the meantime, you are our eyes and ears on the fields. Just this week a young badger was killed on Enfield Road near the Jolly Farmers and a red kite was seen circling the fields and Boxers Lake. Please report any interesting sightings in or near the fields, and photographs would be especially welcom
UPDATE FEBRUARY 3rd 2016
News Release from Enfield Council Conservative Councillors
Enfield Road Watch and Highlands Ward Conservatives see off any proposed development on the Green Belt...for now
- The decision not to proceed with an Enfield Road school application leaves the Labour run Council serious questions to answer about its School Places strategy –
Following an unprecedented display of local opposition, organised by the Enfield Road Watch and fully supported by the three Highlands Ward Conservative Councillors, it is understood that Fairview New Homes Ltd will NOT be progressing with a planning application for housing and a secondary school on Green Belt land at Enfield Road.
Officers from the Planning Department at Enfield Council have informed Conservative Councillors that no formal pre-application advice has ever been given to Fairview because they have not progressed the planning application.
The reason Councillors were given?
The Greater London Authority informed the developments promoter, over the course of two meetings, that there are no special circumstances that could be used to justify the plan for 200 or so homes on the Green Belt.
It is understood that the land owner and applicant will now be using the new Local Plan review process to try and get the green belt allocation reviewed so future development can occur on the site.
The Highlands Ward Conservative Councillors are now going to urge local residents to engage with the Local Plan review, which ends on February 12th, and say why the Enfield Road site should remain as Green Belt land. The Conservative Party in Enfield will also formally be making this point as part of their submission to the Local Plan review.
Cllr Glynis Vince, Highlands Ward Conservative Councillor, said:
"I am delighted that the GLA has listened to the views of local residents and the Enfield Road Watch and seen off this attempt to build houses and a school on the site. It was speculative and the houses are clearly not needed given the fact Enfield is on target to meet its housing delivery targets. The battle may have been won but it is clear we still have a fight on our hands. We will now be urging all local residents to engage with the Local Plan review process and make sure the Council does not cave in to the pressure and reallocate this land as suitable for development."
The decision not to progress with the application puts further pressure on Enfield Council to act over the looming shortage of secondary school places for children in Central Enfield.
The Cabinet Paper of October 21st 2015 makes it clear that the Labour run Council was seeking a residential development to pay for the new secondary school, even going so far as to identify the Enfield Road application.
Chase Ward Conservative Cllr Nick Dines who has been working closely with parents in central Enfield concerned about secondary school place provision, said:
"The Council has lost at least a year in planning for much needed secondary school places by putting its faith in this planning application delivering them a school. How a development that would have broken Enfield's Local Plan, contravened the London Plan and smashed national planning policy could be cited as 'a good example' is beyond me. The Council urgently needs to inform residents in central Enfield who were expecting this school to open in 2019 what it is proposing now its Plan A appears to have been taken away from them."
Residents of N21 you may have seen that Fairview Homes want to build on ancient Green Belt land on Enfield Road. This is the main route from Enfield Town towards Oakwood tube station (post code EN2 7HX).
Fairview would have us believe that this is almost a "done deal" – THIS IS CERTAINLY NOT THE CASE. A Planning Application has NOT yet been submitted and we will do everything in our power to ensure that any application is declined.
Fairview Homes public exhibtion of the plans at St Peter's Church
You can view the planning application on Enfield Council website here
and see the plans on http://www.enfield-road.com/
THIS LAND IS GREEN BELT AND AN AREA OF SPECIAL CHARACTER AS CONFIRMED BY ENFIELD COUNCIL IN NOVEMBER 2014. IT IS ALSO FULL OF WILDLIFE.
It is not only local residents who are against these potential plans, we also have the support of; Highlands Ward Councillors Glynis Vince and Lee David-Sanders, The Enfield Society, The Federation of Enfield Residents' & Allied Associates (FERAA), The Western Enfield Residents Association, The Campaign for Rural England, The London Green Belt Council, The Green Party and The Trent Park Conservation Committee.
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