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Emerging plans

A new Local Plan for Enfield 2018 - 2036

We are working on a new Local Plan to shape how Enfield is developed in the future.

For more information, see our Draft New Local Plan page.

Consultation on the Main Modifications to the Proposed Submission North London Waste Plan

The seven north London boroughs of Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Hackney, Haringey, Islington and Waltham Forest are preparing a joint North London Waste Plan (NLWP).

The waste plan will identify a wide range of suitable land for the management of all North London's waste up to 2035. It will include policies and guidelines for determining planning applications for waste developments.

The plan was submitted to the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government on 8 August 2019. It is being examined by an independent Planning Inspector (Mr Stephen Normington) whose role is to assess whether the plan complies with the legal requirements and is sound.

In response to the issues raised in the hearing sessions held in November 2019, the north London boroughs have prepared a Schedule of Proposed Modifications to the NLWP. This document has been published for consultation along with a Sustainability Appraisal Addendum, Habitat Regulations Assessment and other supporting documents. View the examination documents.

The Inspector considers that the format of the Schedule of Proposed Modifications is suitable for public consultation, however the modifications are put forward without prejudice to the Inspector's final conclusions.

The consultation runs from 29 October to 10 December 2020. Representations received after 10 December 2020 cannot be accepted.

The consultation is seeking views on the proposed main modifications. It is not an opportunity to raise matters that either were, or could have been, part of the earlier representations or hearings on the submitted plan. Comments should focus on whether the main modifications comply with the legal requirements and are considered sound.

For more information, visit North London Waste Plan.

The council undertook its most recent call for sites in February 2021, which has now closed.

We will be reviewing our land availability on an annual basis until the plan is adopted. This means there will be future opportunities to submit sites as part of future call for sites. To stay informed of future call for sites, you can sign up to our Local Plan Newsletter by emailing localplan@enfield.gov.uk.

Purpose of the call for sites

The purpose of the call for sites is to establish what land is potentially available in the borough. The land submitted will form an important part of the evidence base that underpins the spatial pattern of development included in the Local Plan.

The London Plan identifies a need for us to deliver 1246 homes per year, so we would be interested to receive proposals for housing sites, particularly in the built-up areas of Enfield. We also have an identified need to provide an additional 50 hectares of land for industry and logistics over the plan period, so we are especially interested to hear about sites which have potential to be used for employment activities. We would also welcome the submission of sites suitable for office uses in town centres or other uses.

The council assesses all the sites received for their suitability for inclusion in the Local Plan Review.

Previous call for sites

There have been a number of previous call for sites, including between 5 December 2018 to 6 March 2020, and from 1 February 2021 to 26 February 2021.

Where sites are received outside of our formal open call for sites, the council will include those sites within the next Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment (HELAA) update unless there are exceptional circumstances.

For more information, view the Local Development Scheme (PDF), or contact us at localplan@enfield.gov.uk.

Submitting a site through the call for sites does not mean we will include it in our Local Plan Review or grant planning permission on it in the future. It will give us a starting list of sites to consider.

Are all the sites submitted going to be developed?

Not all sites submitted will be developed. The sites that have been submitted are an expression of interest by the landowner or developer. It provides the council with a long list of potential sites to choose from. There has been much more land submitted than will be needed for the 1,246 new homes per year, which the Mayor says need to be built in our borough from 2021, and which the Local Plan needs to plan for.

What are the next stages in the progress of the plan?

We are currently gathering evidence for the Local Plan. The sites from the call for sites are evidence of potential land supply. We are also gathering other evidence on issues such as housing need, employment land need and retail need, amongst others. This information will feed into a future consultation on the Local Plan Review.

If you want to be kept informed of the Local Plan, register by emailing us at localplan@enfield.gov.uk.

Current consultations

There are no current consultations.

Past activity

Activity that has taken place on neighbourhood planning in Enfield is as follows:

  • Hadley Wood - we approved the redesignation of the Hadley Wood Neighbourhood Forum on 18 January 2021
  • Hadley Wood - we approved applications to establish a neighbourhood area (with revisions) and a neighbourhood forum in the Hadley Wood area on 7 July 2015
  • Angel Edmonton - an application for a neighbourhood forum at Angel Edmonton was approved by us on 22 November 2016

What is neighbourhood planning?

Neighbourhood planning gives communities the power to shape the development and growth of their local area. The Localism Act 2011 enables local community groups, subject to certain rules, to apply to the council for designation of neighbourhood forums and neighbourhood areas.

If approval is given for both, then the forum is entitled (although not obliged) to commence the preparation of Neighbourhood Development Plans and/or Neighbourhood Development Orders. In other words, they can choose where they want new homes, shops and offices to be built, have their say on design, and specify what supporting facilities are needed. They can even obtain permission for new buildings they want to see go ahead.

Neighbourhood Development Plans must have regard to national policy and advice, and generally conform to the strategic policies of the Local Plan. The government has agreed that communities having a neighbourhood plan in place will benefit from 25% of the revenues from the Community Infrastructure Levy arising from the development in their area.

What is a neighbourhood area?

A neighbourhood area is the local area within which neighbourhood planning can take place. It has a boundary that is proposed by the community and designated by the council. It also needs to be large enough to be able to draw sufficient membership to create a neighbourhood forum.

What is a neighbourhood forum?

A neighbourhood forum is a group that leads the neighbourhood planning process in a neighbourhood area. The group must apply to the council to be designated as a neighbourhood forum. To be approved, it must meet a number of requirements. These include having a minimum of 21 members who either live or work in the neighbourhood area, or are a councillor of a ward covering that area. It should also, in general, be demographically representative of the area it covers.

Useful links

Hadley Wood neighbourhood planning

Redesignation of Hadley Wood Neighbourhood Forum

The Hadley Wood Neighbourhood Forum applied to the council to be formally redesignated as a neighbourhood forum. This was in line with the Town and Country Planning Act (1990) and neighbourhood planning regulations. The application is shown below.

The decision by the council to redesignate the forum came into effect on 18 January 2021. This means the forum will be designated for a further period of five years. They will be able to continue using their neighbourhood planning powers.

No changes were proposed to the designated neighbourhood area.

Designation of the neighbourhood forum and the neighbourhood area

Following a public consultation exercise approval was given by the Local Plan Cabinet Sub Committee on 7 July 2015 for the designation of the neighbourhood forum and a revised neighbourhood area. The Public Notice Approval of Neighbourhood Area and Neighbourhood Forum (PDF) sets out details of these designations.

Find details of the applications:

Angel Edmonton neighbourhood planning

An application for a neighbourhood forum at Angel Edmonton was approved by Enfield Council on 22 November 2016. The application for the neighbourhood area has been withdrawn.

Details are as follows:

Local Plan vision - help shape the development of Enfield

Our new Local Plan will shape the development of Enfield over the next 15 years. It will set priorities and make choices about the kind of place Enfield will be in the future. It will define the direction we will take and help us create policies which will be used to assess development proposals.

The new Local Plan will involve making choices about the role Enfield will play, what level and type of growth we want to achieve, and the character Enfield will have in 2039 and beyond.

To give your views, complete the online survey by Wednesday 24 February.

Newsletter and updates

The Local Plan for Enfield is a framework that helps protect our environment and heritage whilst shaping and guiding growth and development.

For the latest information on our planning policy documents, related planning news and progress of the emerging Enfield Local Plan, view the planning newsletter (PDF).

To receive Local Plan updates, email localplan@enfield.gov.uk.