HTA Design’s Planning Team secured planning committee approval yesterday for redevelopment of a sheltered housing block to provide 12 new single family homes and a development of a replacement block on an underused car park to provide 10 older person’s flats on behalf of Enfield Council’s Housing Development and Renewal Department. The redevelopment of the existing sheltered housing forms part of the borough’s wider decant strategy for extra care accommodation, whilst still providing accommodation for older people. The planning officer’s report noted that ‘the formation of an affordable retirement unit model will contribute to established and alternative housing need.’
The scheme is an application that forms part of Phase 2b of Enfield Council’s housing programme known as ‘Enfield Small Sites’ that HTA have secured planning permission for, following successfully securing consent for 28 units across 4 challenging sites in Phase 2a. The ‘small sites’ initiative seeks to bring underutilised land across the borough back into use.
The 22 new dwellings will provide a mixture of affordable older person’s homes and family houses for private sale. The quality of the retirement flats will provide a significantly improved quality of accommodation for the older residents. The new homes will be comprised of 11 new 3 bedroom homes for market sale, 1 new 2 bedroom affordable home, and 10 affordable retirement flats.
The scheme has been designed by Peter Barber Architects. HTA’s planning team navigated the proposals through the planning process and set out clear justification for the proposed older person’s housing offer, the innovative design, as well as positive justification for the proposed housing mix, which helped to secure the planning consent.