Local plan - Supplementary planning documents

Public Consultation now closed

The Draft Ritz Parade Development Brief (PDF) was published for a six week consultation period from Wednesday 30 December 2015 to 5:00pm on Wednesday 10 February 2016.

The draft document aims to provide planning, design and development advice for the Ritz Parade site and will help guide future proposals. The consultation is asking the public and interested parties to consider whether the draft guidance has captured all relevant principles for achieving the desired regeneration on this important site.

Background

Enfield Council adopted the North Circular Area Action Plan in October 2014. Site 12, known locally as Ritz Parade, is a key opportunity site identified in the Action Plan and forms part of the wider Bowes Road Large Local Centre.

The Draft Ritz Parade Development Brief aims to provide a clear direction to future investors, including existing freehold and leasehold interests.

What happens next?

All comments received are now being considered as part of finalising the Development Brief for adoption. It is expected that the Ritz Parade Development Brief will be formally adopted in summer 2016.

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 on the Local Plan database by emailing us or contacting the Local Plans Team directly on 020 8379 3866 for further details.

The new S106 Supplementary Planning document (SPD) was adopted by the Local Plan Cabinet Sub Committee on 20 October 2016. The document forms part of our Local Plan and is important when determining planning applications. It outlines the Council's approach towards planning obligations from development proposals, in line with new Government guidance. It sets out details of the up-to-date policies and regulations relating to planning obligations, information on the level and types of obligations required from different sizes and types of development across the Borough, as well as the process for agreeing planning obligations. The SPD will run in conjunction with the Community Infrastructure Levy.

An Adoption Statement, Equalities Impact Assessment and Consultation Statement have also been produced.

Obtain a copy of an existing Section 106 Agreement

Solicitors and other interested parties wishing to obtain copies of Section 106 agreements can acquire these from the Council’s Land Charges team. Email the land charges team to place your order. Note that fees are payable for copies of any documentation relating to entries on the Register of Local Land Charges and that from 1 January 2017 the price is £12 per S106 agreement, including VAT.  More information is available on the Local land charges search page.

National planning policy changes on small sites (June 2016)

On 11 May 2016, the Government won its appeal against the High Court's quashing of the Written Ministerial Statement dated 28 November 2014 - which exempted small scale development of 10 units (or less) from providing Affordable Housing and other 'tariff based' contributions under Section 106. Following the publication of the Court of Appeal judgement, Paragraph 31 of the National Planning Policy Guidance (NPPG) was reinstated. As a consequence, the Council's Affordable Housing policy has also been revised.

The following advice now applies with immediate effect for any planning application where the development proposes 1 to 10 units and the site has a combined gross floor area of no more than 1,000 square metres:

  • For planning applications submitted after 11 May 2016 which meet the above criteria: The Council will no longer pursue S106 contributions for Education or Affordable Housing.
  • For planning applications submitted prior to 11 May 2016 where no decision has yet been reached: The Council will no longer pursue S106 contributions for Education or Affordable Housing.
  • For schemes where the Council has resolved to grant planning permission subject to a S106 Agreement: If the agreement has not yet completed, a contribution will no longer be requested.
  • Where the payment of the Education or Affordable Housing contribution is contested after the S106 agreement has been completed, but prior to the trigger for payment: The Council will ask the applicant to make another planning application.
  • Where developers entered into an S106 agreement and paid the monitoring fees in advance, but had not started works at the time that the national policy changed which meant the S106 agreement was no longer necessary: eligible for a full refund of the monitoring fees. Contact your case officer in the first instance.
  • Where the Affordable Housing or Education Contribution is contested, but the S106 has been completed and the trigger for payment of the contribution has passed: The applicant must make the contribution(s) regardless.

Applicants should also note that the new national policy is not applicable for schemes of 1 to 10 units if the site has a gross floor area over 1,000 square metres. It is also not relevant if the gross floor space of the site is under 1,000 square metres but development will deliver 11 or more units. In either of these circumstances, the proposals will still need to be viability tested as Section 106 requirements will apply.

If you would like further information about this change and have already submitted a planning application to the Council, please contact the case officer for your scheme. You can also email the Section106 team or the Development control team, alternatively you can telephone 020 8379 1000.

Management fees (2017/18)

The management fees for Section 106 agreements signee during financial year 2017/18 are:

  • up to five per cent of the total value of financial contributions
  • a fixed charge to manage non-monetary obligations of £350 per head of term
  • a separate one-off fee of £250 for a deed of variation

The revenue generated from this fee will be used for Section 106 administration, monitoring and management purposes only.

A decentralised energy network (DEN) is a system of pipes that carries hot water and steam from where it is created to where it will be used for heating and hot water in local homes and businesses.

Decentralised energy networks can deliver economic, environmental and social benefits, including helping to reduce Enfield's carbon footprint, providing a secure supply of heat, and new job and investment opportunities.

Decentralised Energy Network Technical Specification Supplementary Planning Document (SPD)

The Council adopted its Decentralised Energy Network Technical Specification Supplementary Planning Document (PDF) in December 2015.

The Decentralised Energy Network Technical Specification SPD provides technical design guidance relevant to commercial and residential developments required to connect to or contribute towards decentralised energy networks in Enfield. This guidance is provided to ensure that the design of any decentralised energy infrastructure will be high quality, efficient, have longevity, deliver the intended carbon emission reductions, and reduce the costs of energy to the consumer.

The specification will be considered as part of assessing planning applications, and is essential in supporting the delivery of decentralised energy networks within Enfield.

The council have adopted a planning statement for the former Middlesex University Trent Park campus (PDF). This planning statement sets out Enfield Council's views on the future development potential and land uses for the previous campus site.

Ponders End, located within North East Enfield, is one of our Place Shaping Priority Areas.

The Ponders End Framework for Change was prepared to inform how the area could be improved (PDF).

The Framework for Change focuses on three areas where detailed planning guidance is needed in the form of planning briefs:

  • Ponders End Central (PDF) (refer to the North East Enfield Area Action Plan)
  • Ponders End South Street Campus
  • Ponders End Waterfront

The Edmonton EcoPark Planning Brief is a Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) to Enfield's Local Plan. It provides guidance on the future development of the EcoPark. This guidance will be considered in the assessment of any future planning applications for the EcoPark site.

The Edmonton EcoPark SPD requires the site to continue to be used for sustainable waste management, prioritising recycling and energy recovery. Future development on the site is required to provide the heat for a local heat network to supply low cost energy to homes and businesses in the borough. The SPD requires new development to:

  • be designed to high standards
  • use sustainable design and construction methods
  • reduce visual and environmental impact
  • explore opportunities to use the River Lee Navigation to transport materials

Adoption

The Edmonton EcoPark Planning Brief SPD (PDF) was adopted on 16 May 2013. Links to the Adoption Statement and supporting documents are provided below:

A draft Planning Brief (PDF) was published for consultation from 4 February until 18 March 2013. Comments made on the document were taken into account in the preparation of the final version of the document.