Planning & Development

Enfield Council is continuing its work aimed at reviving the borough's town centres and last week launched a community engagement programme inviting people to 'participate in a conversation about Enfield Town and create a vision for its future'. Next week a council committee tasked with finding ways to improve Enfield's shopping areas will be meeting - the agenda and accompanying documents provide some insight into the council's emerging ideas for its town centres, in particular Enfield Town and Palmers Green.

Campaigners opposed to the indiscrimate conversion of offices into flats have welcomed support from both sides of the political divide on Enfield Council, among them council leader Nesil Caliskan. Council officers are currently investigating whether there is a strong enough case to apply for an 'Article 4 direction'. This would remove 'permitted development rights' which allow developers to carry out such conversions without obtaining planning permission.

Transport for London (TFL) are carrying out research into new cycling infrastructure in LB Camden, LB Enfield, and LB Waltham Forest and are seeking volunteers. They would like to understand the experiences of older and disabled people, particularly when getting on and off the buses where pedestrians and cyclists are having to share the same space.

On Wednesday 11th September Fox Lane & District Residents' Association will be hosting a special meeting about the council's ideas for regenerating Palmers Green town centre. The meeting is open to everyone from PG - no need to live in the Fox Lane area.

A group of Palmers Green residents who want to make the high street greener and attract more shoppers will be creating a 'pop-up parklet' in Green Lanes on Sunday 15th September.

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Tuesday's meeting of Enfield's Planning Committee refused to give the go-ahead for a scheme to build 15 housing 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 The former snooker club behind these buildings would have been replaced by two blocks of flats up to 4-storeys high

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The latest information on the Cycle Enfield website about Enfield Council's Quieter Neighbourhoods programme outlines an updated strategy, which envisages schemes eventually covering the entire borough. It includes, for the first time, a scheme in Bowes ward west of Green Lanes. Revised proposals for the Fox Lane and Connaught Gardens schemes, which are included in phase 1, will be revealed at public events in, respectively, 'late summer 2019' and 'early Autumn 2019'

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The Annual General Meeting of the Broomfield House Trust will be held next Tuesday at 7.30pm at the Ruth Winston Centre. Ahead of the meeting the Trust's chair, Colin Younger, has issued his annual report. As outlined in the report, the current most optimistic scenario for the rebuilding of Broomfield House is restoration of the complete exterior of the building with only very limited fitting out of the interior, to incorporate a cafe. Enfield Council support this, but only on condition that the costs of this work are completely covered by money earned by building housing in the Stableyard.

New government guidance issued this week will simplify the process for organising play streets. It will no longer be necessary for organisers to advertise the temporary road closures.

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A campaign group called BetterHomes Enfield has launched an online petition calling on Enfield Council to follow the example of many other London boroughs and take steps to prevent developers using a planning loophole called 'permitted rights' to convert office blocks into 'human warehouses' - turning former offices into flats which are not fit for purpose.

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