Public consultation on housing supply

Wed 16 October 2019, 2:17 pm

A public consultation to build two major strategies on housing supply and homelessness is happening in Enfield.

It will help the authority create a ten-year Housing and Growth Strategy and five-year Preventing Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Strategy. 

The strategies aim to deliver a greater amount of homes that are focused on quality, and address the imbalance in the housing market. Enfield Council wants to make homeless prevention a priority, and will seek views from a wide range of people across the borough.

These include opinions from first-time buyers and downsizers, as well as council tenants, private landlords, letting agents and registered housing providers.

The goal is to increase housing supply for Enfield residents on a variety of incomes. The council has committed to providing 3,500 new council homes across Enfield over the next ten years that are genuinely affordable, along with 10,000 new homes at the Meridian Water regeneration project that will be created over 25 years.

Enfield Council leader, Councillor Nesil Caliskan, said: “Our underlying belief is that everyone has a right to live in well-connected, safe neighbourhoods where no-one will be left behind. However, to deliver the number of genuinely affordable homes needed, we will require significant subsidy.

“The government needs to step in to help us build and supply homes on the scale required. But we are not going to sit back and wait. As well as lobbying government, we are seeking your views to inform a strategy that will provide the groundwork for affordable, health promoting, accessible, and environmentally sustainable homes that are digitally connected across Enfield, for all of Enfield.”

To prevent homelessness the council will involve communities, housing providers and the private sector to deliver services in the community, by helping residents to plan for their housing needs and raising standards in the private rented sector.

Cabinet member for social housing at Enfield Council, Councillor Gina Needs, said: “As well as looking at ways of building new homes, we want to improve the condition and use of existing housing and will be working with tenants, landlords and owner occupiers so Enfield has high-quality, secure and affordable housing of quality and variety.

“In addition, it is vital we give people facing homelessness a route out of it with access to safe and appropriate housing and the tools to find a permanent place to live. No-one should live in fear of not having a roof over their heads."

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