Local plan

New Local Plan

A New Plan for Enfield 2017 - 2032

It is predicted that Enfield’s population could exceed 400,000 by 2032 and we need to accommodate an increasing number of people. Enfield is updating its Local Plan to address the changing circumstances and prepared a consultation document on the New Local Plan for Enfield. The consultation ran from Friday 18 December and closed on Friday 12 February 2016.

The documents can be downloaded here:

Call for Sites

We made a Call for Sites to accommodate future development in the borough. The sites suggested during the consultation are being assessed as part of the ongoing Local Plan work.

Consultation responses and what happens next

The comments we received from the consultation are being reviewed and will help us to set out proposals for how the area will take shape over the coming years. A summary of the consultation and initial findings can be downloaded here:

Work is now underway on the Issue and Options stage of the Local Plan which will provide detailed options on the planning choices. This document will undergo public consultation and provide you with the opportunity for comment.

If you would like to be kept up to date with Enfield’s Local Plan preparation and future consultations, you can do so by registering your contact details with us by emailing us or contacting the Local Plans Team directly on 020 8379 3866 for further details.

In November 2010 the Council adopted the Core Strategy (PDF, 6MB) 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, 11MB) which illustrates land use designations.

The Inspector's Report is available to download here (PDF, 670KB).

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Note that some documents may now be superseded.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 policies (2010), 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, 2MB) and Policies Map (PDF, 14MB). For more information, you can view the Adoption Statement (PDF, 98KB).

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, 662KB). The process allowed all those with an interest in the DMD to make their representations.

Inspector's report

The Inspector's final report (PDF, 133KB), 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, 221KB) is also available to download.

Document library

Below are 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, 3MB) (2012) was published for public consultation from 8th May until the 3rd August 2012. The following documents were prepared to support the draft DMD:

Evidence base studies including:

Housing Related Studies

Economy & 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 website.

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 , 1MB) 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.

The LDS can be downloaded here (PDF, 820KB).

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 our page on the Local Self Build Register.