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Adopted plans

In November 2010 the Council adopted the Core Strategy (PDF) which sets the spatial planning framework for development of the borough over the next 10 to 20 years. It is a strategic document providing the broad strategy for the scale and distribution of development and the provision of supporting infrastructure. It contains core policies for guiding patterns of development.

View the Inspector's Report (PDF). Reference hard copies of the Core Strategy are available for review at the Civic Centre and local libraries.

Core Strategy Document Library

The Core Strategy Document Library provides a list of documents that support the Core Strategy and the examination process.

Note that some documents may now be superseded.

Planning applications in Enfield are determined using the Adopted Core Strategy (PDF), the adopted Development Management Document (2014) area based documents and relevant policies in the London Plan.

In November 2014, we adopted the Development Management Document (DMD) (PDF). For more information, you can view the Adoption Statement (PDF).

The DMD is part of our Local Plan. Policies in the document are used with other adopted local plan policies to determine planning applications.

The DMD gives detailed criteria and policies for assessing planning applications.

Examination and inspector's report

Inspector Jill Kingaby determined whether the DMD was sound and issued the following papers:

We then consulted on a Schedule of Proposed Main Modifications (PDF). The process allowed all those with an interest in the DMD to make their representations.

Inspector's report

The Inspector's final report (PDF), which concluded that the DMD provides an appropriate basis for the planning of the borough, satisfies the requirements of Section 20(5) of the 2004 Planning & Compulsory Purchase Act and meets the criteria for soundness in the National Planning Policy Framework.

Examination background

Inspector's MIQs

'Further Statements' in response to the Inspector's MIQs were submitted. Enfield Council's responses:

Representor's responses:

Statements of Common Ground:

Document library

Links to the core documents:

Proposed submission DMD documents:

Evidence base studies to support the Development Management Document:

For more information, email localplan@enfield.gov.uk.

Draft Development Management Document (2012)

The Draft DMD (PDF) (2012) was published for public consultation from 8 May until 3 August 2012. The following documents were prepared to support the draft DMD:

Evidence base studies including:

Housing Related Studies

Economy and Employment Related Studies

Environment Related Studies

Designated Open Space Related Studies

Reference copies of the Draft DMD are available at the Civic Centre and local libraries.

The Edmonton Leeside Area Action Plan (ELAAP) was adopted by Enfield Council on 29 January 2020. The plan is now part of the development plan, and planning decisions within the Edmonton Leeside area must be taken in line with the plan, subject to other material considerations.

Key submission and other supporting documents:

Examination documents:

We formally adopted the North Circular Area Action Plan (NCAAP) (PDF) and policies map (PDF) on 8 October 2014. Refer to the formal adoption statement (PDF).

The Planning Inspector concluded it to be a sound basis for planning along this section of the A406. This is an area-specific plan that responds to challenges and opportunities in this part of Enfield.

The NCAAP is part of our Local Plan and will be used alongside the adopted Core Strategy, the adopted New Southgate Masterplan, and the emerging Development Management Document (DMD) to determine planning applications in the area.

Below are links to the core documents that were referred to during the examination process. A document library (PDF) was prepared as part of the examination progresses.

Submission documents

Supporting documents

Enfield (Local Plan) background documents

NCAAP examination

Inspector Patrick Whitehead was appointed to examine the Area Action. The Inspector held a public hearing session and has now reported on findings (PDF).

Document Library (PDF)

Examination documents

We formally adopted the North East Enfield Area Action Plan (NEEAAP) and Policies Map (PDF) on 8 June 2016. Refer to the formal Adoption Statement (PDF). The Inspector formally delivered his report (PDF) into the soundness of the Plan to the Council on 1 March 2016 and concluded the NEEAAP meets the criteria of soundness set out in the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and is an appropriate basis for planning in the north east of the borough. This is an area-specific plan that responds to challenges and opportunities in this part of Enfield.

The NEEAAP is part of our Local Plan and will be used alongside the adopted Core Strategy, and the Development Management Document (DMD) to determine planning applications in the area.

The Area Action Plan (AAP) covers the area stretching from the M25 southwards to Ponders End. It includes Enfield Lock, Enfield Highway, Ponders End, Turkey Street and Southbury. Enfield's adopted Core Strategy (2010) identifies the North East of the borough as a strategic growth area with a focus on change and regeneration.

The AAP will provide a comprehensive planning framework and identifies opportunity sites for redevelopment and key infrastructure in North East Enfield. It will be used to direct investment, redevelopment proposals, inform key infrastructure discussions and guide estate renewal projects.

The role of the Area Action Plan is to coordinate this period of change and guide both public and private investment. AAPs can stimulate regeneration, resolve conflicts, and provide policies to help ensure future investment meets the needs of communities.

This AAP is needed to provide detailed and area-specific policies. It aims to ensure that new development proposals bring real benefits, particularly by delivering sustainable communities, high quality environmental improvements, housing, affordable homes, jobs and community facilities.

Key documents:

North East Enfield Area Action Plan (NEEAAP):

NEEAAP Baseline:

NEEAAP Sustainability appraisal document:

NEEAAP Equalities impact assessment:

The policies map (PDF) displays the areas covered by different planning policies in Enfield.