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Local Plan

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.

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

The waste plan will identify a wide range of suitable land for the management of all North London's waste up to 2035, and 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. A planning inspector will be appointed to hold an examination into the plan.

For further information, visit North London Waste Plan.

Housing Action Plan

Our Housing Action Plan identifies actions to support the delivery of planned housing growth across the borough, and responds to the results of the Government's Housing Delivery Test.

We will review and update the Housing Action Plan where appropriate, to respond to future Housing Delivery Test results.

View our Housing Action Plan 2019 (PDF).

Annual Monitoring Report

We are required to keep the Local Plan preparation process under review and to produce a monitoring report. The Annual Monitoring Report assesses the implementation of policies contained within the Local Plan documents.

Monitoring reports can be downloaded here:

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.

The Local Development Scheme (LDS) sets out the council’s programme for the preparation of Enfield’s Local Plan for the period 2019-2022.

We have joined The Local Self Build Register, which gathers detailed information from people who want to build their own homes in the borough. By registering, valuable data on the demand for self-build and custom housebuilding in Enfield can be collected.

Your interest will show that there is demand for self-build and custom housebuilding in Enfield, allowing us to develop specific policies for the provision of self-build or custom housing plots in the future.

You can confirm your interest for self-build or custom housing in Enfield by visiting the Local Self Build Register.

We are required by the Town and Country Planning (Brownfield Land Register) Regulations 2017 to publish a register of previously developed (brownfield) land.

The register is in two parts and is reviewed at least once per year.

Part one includes brownfield sites that meet the relevant criteria of being on previously developed land (as defined in the National Planning Policy Framework), and a minimum of 0.25 hectares or able to accommodate at least five homes. They must also be suitable, available and achievable.

View part one of the Brownfield Land Register (XLSX).

Part two is a subset of part one and includes sites granted Permission in Principle (PiP). We don't have any sites in part two of the register.

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

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

Evidence and information we use to create and inform the Local Plan is known as the evidence base. You can read and download many of the documents that form our evidence base using the links below.


Business and employment

Integrated impact assessment