Published: 19th Sep 2019

The London Borough of Enfield has promised to stop housing residents in temporary accommodation outside its boundaries. Local authority leader, Cllr Nesil Caliskan said it would end the practice and bring residents temporarily homed by the council in Harlow back into Enfield. The London borough said tenants placed in Redstone House in Harlow town centre will be moved into more suitable accommodation in the next six months. A review of Enfield’s use of other accommodation in Harlow will follow in due course. Several councils in London have rehoused residents in former office blocks outside the capital, which have been turned into flats under permitted development laws. In April, the Conservative MP Robert Halfon claimed in Parliament that permitted development laws had allowed ‘landlords to build ghettos and London councillors to socially cleanse their most vulnerable families to places such as Harlow’. Cllr Caliskan said the council was committed to supporting people who … (To read the full article, subscribe below)