Discount developer wins approval for New River homes

Planning permission grant for latest scheme by developer Naked House in Enfield, reports Simon Allin, Local Democracy Reporter

A CGI of the custom-build homes (credit Naked House/OMMX Architects)
A CGI of the custom-build homes (credit Naked House/OMMX Architects)

A third in a series of “custom-build” housing schemes aimed at first-time buyers in Enfield has been approved by councillors.

Not-for-profit developer Naked House won permission to build nine affordable homes on a site in Meyer Green, near Forty Hill, during a meeting of the council’s planning committee on Tuesday.

Disused garages currently occupying the site, which is next to the New River, will be knocked down to make way for the two-storey, one-bedroom homes, which can be extended to create a third storey as the occupiers’ needs change.

Naked House provides intermediate-cost housing for people whose household income is too high to qualify for social housing but not enough to enable them to buy on the open market. Its money-saving approach creates basic “shell homes” that are fitted out by owners. The developer had already won permission to build two schemes in Enfield Lock that will provide a total of 13 homes.

Speaking during the meeting on Tuesday, planning agent Nour Sinno said the Meyer Green scheme would provide “a number of benefits, the most significant of which is the provision of nine high-quality units while avoiding harm to existing residents”.

Enfield Council received five objections and four letters of support during a public consultation on the proposals. In a letter circulated to the committee, local resident Sarah Rickard called the proposed scheme an “overdevelopment in an already overcrowded area” and claimed it would cause parking problems.

Sarah also raised concerns over a plan to site a bin store opposite her property, claiming it would create a “rat problem” and lead to the area becoming a “dumping ground for flytippers”.

Committee members also raised concerns over the bin store, claiming its position at the far end of the development would mean homeowners having to walk long distances to deposit their waste, which could discourage recycling.

Naked House co-founder Simon Chouffot told councillors the developer was committed to a “managed solution” that would prevent residents from having to travel long distances to drop off their waste.

Labour committee member Doug Taylor said he accepted that “some more work needs to be done” on the issue and called for a report to be brought back to a future meeting providing details of the solution arrived at.

Following the debate, the committee approved the plans unanimously.