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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

New consultation

We are now revisiting the issues and options stage carried out in 2015. The draft new Local Plan 2036 (PDF) (LP2036) is the first of two formal stages of consultation before it is submitted for independent examination in 2020. A summary draft new Local Plan 2036 (PDF) is also available.

This draft plan sets out options for development over the next 15 years through ‘good growth’ principles, as endorsed by the Mayor of London. These principles aim to ensure that growth delivers:

  • appropriate new social and community infrastructure
  • a range of housing types
  • new schools
  • improved health facilities
  • higher standard of wellbeing and quality of life
  • improvements to open spaces
  • employment opportunities
  • benefits of regeneration and investment for all residents

We are also consulting on a new Heritage Strategy 'Making Enfield'. This strategy embraces the growth agenda and celebrates Enfield’s heritage in realising its ambitions and securing quality places.

Have your say

The consultation will run from 5 December 2018 to 28 February 2019. This is your chance to help us develop a vision for Enfield in 2036 by telling us what you think the borough should be like in the future.

The quickest way of giving your comments is by completing the online questionnaire.

Alternatively, you can email localplan@enfield.gov.uk with your response. When responding by email, set out clearly the page number, paragraph, draft policy approach number, figure or image your comment relates to.

For more information, or for help with the consultation, email localplan@enfield.gov.uk.

The deadline for responses is 5pm on Thursday 28 February 2019.

Local Plan consultation events

If you would like to talk about the draft Local Plan in more detail, come to one of our drop-in sessions:

  • Wednesday 16 January, 12pm to 2pm at Edmonton Green Library
  • Tuesday 29 January, 11.30am to 2.30pm at Ordnance Road Library
  • Tuesday 29 January, 3pm to 6.30pm at Vincent House, 2e Nags Head Road Ponders End
  • Tuesday 5 February, 12pm to 2pm at the Dugdale Centre (Ground floor foyer) 39 London Road, Enfield
  • Thursday 7 February, 10.30am to 7pm at Enfield Council, Civic Centre, Place Shaping Room
  • Tuesday 12 February, 3pm to 6.30pm at Edmonton Green Library
  • Tuesday 19 February, 11.30am to 2.30pm at Palmers Green Library
  • Thursday 21 February, 10.30am to 7pm at Enfield Council, Civic Centre, Place Shaping Room

More dates to follow.

Call for sites

We are undertaking a 'call for sites' inviting anyone with an interest in land, potential sites and broad locations for development, to submit these for consideration for development. We especially want proposals for small and medium sites for housing in built-up areas (brownfield sites) of Enfield.

Sites should be capable of delivering five or more residential premises or be at least 0.1 hectares.

These sites will then be assessed for availability, suitability and viability and if deliverable will be consulted upon in the next stage of the Local Plan.

You will need to complete a call for sites submission form (PDF) for each site you want us to consider. You should include the postcode and a site location plan (preferably an OS map), clearly showing the boundaries of the site. The map should show at least two named roads, to ensure the site can be correctly identified.

The deadline for responses is 5pm on Thursday 28 February 2019.

To keep up to date with our Local Plan or future consultations, email localplan@enfield.gov.uk with your contact details or call them on 020 8379 3866.

Early issues and options consultation

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

In 2017 we engaged with residents through 'The Enfield Conversation', to discuss issues and challenge attitudes and assumptions about new housing and infrastructure.

View feedback from the preliminary consultation:

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.

The Core Strategy is supported by a Local Plan Policies Map (PDF) which illustrates land use designations. View the Inspector's Report (PDF). Reference hard copies of the Core Strategy and Policies Map 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) and Policies Map (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:

An Examination Document Library (PDF) is also available to download.

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 waste plan.

The waste plan will identify a range of suitable sites for the management of all of North London's waste up to 2031 and include policies and guidelines for determining planning applications for waste developments.

For further information, visit North London Waste Plan.

The Council is required to keep the Local Plan preparation process under review and to produce a Monitoring Report. The Monitoring Report assesses the implementation of policies contained within the Local Plan documents.

Monitoring Reports can be downloaded here:

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

Latest news

The Local Plan Newsletter (PDF) provides an update on our progress in delivering this framework.

Local Development Scheme

The Local Development Scheme (LDS) sets out the Council’s programme for the preparation of Enfield’s Local Plan for the period 2013-2016.

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.

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