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imageThe application was to build two small blocks of flats behind these houses in Palmers Green (photo: Google)

Tuesday's meeting of Enfield's Planning Committee refused to give the go-ahead for a scheme to build 15 residential units at 465-469 Green Lanes. The former snooker club behind these buildings would have been replaced by two blocks of flats up to 4-storeys high. No 469 would have been demolished to provide vehicular access.

Full details of the planning application and report prepared by council officers are on the Enfield Council website.

According to a report in the Enfield Independent, this happened despite planning consent having been granted in 2017. At that time, as the planned scheme would not include any affordable housing, council officers told the developer to pay more than £580,000 towards affordable homes at other sites. Since then the property has changed hands and the new owner claims that it cannot afford to pay because of rising costs. The committee did not accept this and unanimously voted to defer the scheme until the council has negotiated a new affordable housing deal.

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David Eden posted a reply #4776 29 Aug 2019 09:23
As pro- development as I am, what a bunch of chancers.

Strong precedent for Enfield to work on - Islington, from memory, won a big case last year which demonstrated developers cannot rely on their land purchase price to demonstrate (un)viability in the face of fallen GDVs/sales rates just justify compromises on affordable housing provision and the like.

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