‘Naked’ homes win approval in Enfield Lock

Unique housing scheme will see homes sold without interior decoration, reports Simon Allin, Local Democracy Reporter

The ‘Naked House’ plans for Raynton Road in Enfield Lock

Plans to provide “custom-build” homes for first-time buyers at a site in Enfield Lock have been approved by councillors.

Not-for-profit developer Naked House has won permission to build eight of the affordable homes on a site in Raynton Road.

The proposals were approved during a meeting of Enfield Council’s planning committee on Tuesday.

Naked House was set up to provide 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.

The developer provides “shell” homes that come fitted out with basic kitchens and bathrooms, but with internal finishes that are then completed by the new homeowner. This approach is designed to cut construction costs and save buyers’ money, allowing them to complete their homes as funds become available.

The approved scheme will involve knocking down disused garages on the southern side of Raynton Road and building five studio bungalows and three self-contained flats on the site. Each of the bungalows will be designed to enable the owners to extend the properties to create two-storey houses.

The homes will be sold at a discount of 20% on their open market value. According to information provided by the developer, they will be affordable to those with gross household incomes of £56,200 or less.

In their report, council planning officers described the scheme as “well-designed” and “sympathetic to the character and appearance of the area and the amenities of neighbouring properties”.

The development forms part of the council’s custom-build homes scheme, which is designed to provide basic homes for first-time buyers on council-owned garages and car parking sites. As part of the project, Naked House is currently working with the council to build 22 affordable homes across three sites; two in Raynton Road and one in Meyer Green near the A10.