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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 the Local Plan team 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.

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

Local Plan consultation events

Find out more by registering your interest to attend a workshop or come to a drop-in session. Dates to follow.

Call for sites

We test all brownfield opportunities for deliverability, and a call-for-sites through this consultation will now be undertaken. This will give people a chance to suggest sites in Enfield for potential development.

To keep up to date with our Local Plan or future consultations, email the Local Plan team 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 the Local Plans Team or call on 020 8379 3866.

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.