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Neighbourhood planning

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 to 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: