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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. The key challenges we need to address are:

  • ensuring there is enough housing to meet everyone’s needs
  • creating better employment opportunities and promoting economic growth
  • reviewing infrastructure and community facilities
  • the future role of our town centres
  • creating places that promote health and wellbeing
  • ensuring development is high quality and protects the environment

Evidence base

You can view further information about the evidence base used in the preparation of the Local Plan.

Preliminary consultation on the Local Plan

Between December 2015 and February 2016 we ran a preliminary consultation with local communities.

View the consultation document (PDF) and summary (2015) (PDF), and the consultation summary feedback report (2016) (PDF).

Local Plan issues and options consultation

From 5 December 2018 to 28 February 2019 we consulted on the issues and options for the Local Plan. We also carried out a ‘call for sites’ consultation to identify future development sites. This consultation was the first of two stages in the formal plan production process.

View the Local Plan issues and options (PDF) and the Local Plan issues and options summary and questionnaire (PDF). You can also view the plan by visiting Enfield Local Plan.

Consultation feedback

We will analyse and consider all consultation feedback and respond to key issues raised as part of the Local Plan consultation. We will publish these key issues and our responses alongside the next draft of the Local Plan. All comments will be published anonymously.

During the Examination in Public, all consultation feedback will be made available to the Planning Inspector.

We hope to consult on the next version of the Local Plan in late 2020. To receive Local Plan updates, email localplan@enfield.gov.uk.

If you have any questions about the Local Plan, or problems accessing the documents, email localplan@enfield.gov.uk or call 020 8379 3866.

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 call for sites was an important early step in the review of the new Local Plan, which was open between 5 December 2018 to 6 March 2020.

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

The council is currently assessing all the sites received for their suitability for inclusion in the Local Plan Review.

The call for sites has now closed, and we are assessing the sites for inclusion within a consultation draft of the Local Plan. Sites submitted to the council after 1 May 2020 will not be included in the next version of the draft Local Plan. The next opportunity to submit a new site, or comment upon sites will be during the next public consultation in early 2021.

For further information, see 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

Redesignation of Hadley Wood Neighbourhood Forum

Hadley Wood Neighbourhood Forum has applied for redesignation as the neighbourhood forum for the Hadley Wood Neighbourhood Area.

The Hadley Wood Neighbourhood Area and the Forum were designated on 7 July 2015. The forum’s designation lasts for five years and expired on 6 July 2020. The forum has applied to the council to formally renew its designation, in line with the Town and Country Planning Act 1990, the Localism Act 2011, and the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012. The neighbourhood area boundary remains identical to the original boundary that was designated in 2015.

Renewal will enable the forum to continue carrying out neighbourhood planning matters in Hadley Wood Neighbourhood Area. The forum is required to have a written constitution that describes the basic framework of the organisation and a minimum of 21 members.

The documents below will help inform your decision about whether or not the emerging forum would work towards a shared vision of the proposed area, and also if you agree to the objectives the forum want to achieve by drafting a neighbourhood development plan. This includes the groups written constitution, application forms and supporting statements as to why they have decided to apply for redesignation of the forum.

The application documents include, among other things, the map of the Hadley Wood Neighbourhood Planning Area, and the forum’s constitution:

The council is now seeking views and comments on the application from residents and other interested stakeholders. All comments must be sent by email to LocalPlan@enfield.gov.uk by Friday 9 October 2020.

If the council approves the renewal application, no other organisation can be designated as a neighbourhood forum (for the purposes of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 and the Localism Act 2011) in the Hadley Wood Neighbourhood Area until the designation is withdrawn or expires. This will only affect the ability to use neighbourhood planning powers. It won’t affect the establishment or existence of any other community, charitable, neighbourhood or voluntary organisations in the area.

Past activity

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

  • 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

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:

Consultation on changes to the planning system

Changes to the planning system will affect how we manage town centres and Enfield’s growth.

The government has announced changes to the planning legislation as part of its Covid recovery plan and Build, Build, Build initiative to revitalise town centres. This legislation came into force at the end of August 2020.

There are more changes proposed in the consultation papers on planning for the future and changes to the current planning system.

Together, these are likely to have major implications for planning in Enfield.

Let us know your views

We want to understand your views on the recent and proposed changes. We also want to know if you have ideas for how we can support town centres, businesses and communities to adapt and grow.

Please use our consultation questionnaire to let us know your views. We will use the feedback to help us structure our response to the government on its consultations, and make decisions about planning for town centres and growth.

The questionnaire will be available on the website until 12 October 2020.

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.