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Enfield’s Spatial Strategy, set out in the Core Strategy, seeks to focus growth within four broad Area Action Plan locations. These are:

  • Central Leeside - a large area in the south east of the Borough where growth will be focused predominately south of the North Circular Road in an area known as the Meridian Water.
  • North East Enfield - growth in this area will be focused in the area around Ponders End.
  • North Circular Road - focusing growth in the New Southgate area.
  • Enfield Town - the Borough's major town centre where growth will be focused around Enfield Town Station.

A further area at Edmonton has been identified as a focus for growth and regeneration which will be the subject of a Masterplan.

Enfield – Regeneration Priority Areas

Regeneration Priority Areas
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Level of Growth envisaged in the Core Strategy

The level and phasing of planned housing growth up to 2026 is set out in the Core Strategy (which outlines the expected rate of housing delivery) and this is reflected in the table below.

Housing Trajectory
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Promoting Economic Prosperity and Locations for New Jobs

The Core Strategy states that Enfield will see a growth of a minimum of 6,000 jobs during the Core Strategy period up to 2026. It is anticipated that 4,000 of these jobs will be in the Upper Lee Valley and 2,000 will be provided in other town centres and Regeneration Priority Areas.

Development Proposals

1. Central Leeside Area Action Plan is a large area covering 392 hectares of largely industrial land to the east of the Borough bordering Haringey to the south and Waltham Forest to the east. The growth proposed in this area, will establish a new community and seek to act as a catalyst in delivering transformational change, which will benefit the wider area.

The following key infrastructure requirements have been identified:

  • Improvements to the road network
  • Improvements to public transport
  • New educational facilities
  • New health facilities
  • New community facilities
  • Flood Mitigation Works
  • Low carbon future

2. North East Enfield Area Action Plan lies to the immediate north of Central Leeside. The eastern part of this area is defined by prominent employment areas including an important Brimsdown Industrial Estate Strategic Industrial Location (SIL), and Innova Park. The Core Strategy sets out the strategic aims to deliver growth in this area, with the focus for growth proposed in the Ponders End area. North East Enfield Regeneration Priority Area will deliver up to 1,000 new homes in the short to medium term. The existing SIL’s will be retained, with Innova Park being expanded.

The following key infrastructure requirements have been identified:

  • Improvements to the strategic road network
  • Improvements to public transport
  • New cycle routes
  • New educational provision
  • Improved access to health care
  • Housing Development Opportunities
  • Access and amenity improvements to Lee Valley Regional Park

3. The North Circular Area Action Plan is in the south west of the Borough. The Council has already established a commitment to deliver new housing in the New Southgate area, housing that matches the local need, and which is only delivered in parallel with the right balance of community facilities and infrastructure that supports the population growth new homes will bring. 

The following key infrastructure requirements have been identified:

  • Improvements to the strategic road network
  • Enhanced public transport facilities
  • New health care provision
  • New educational opportunities
  • New community facilities
  • Improved access to public open space

4. Enfield Town is the main destination for shopping, leisure, entertainment and cultural activities within the Borough. The Area Action Plan seeks to maximise development opportunities which enhance and maintain the role that Enfield Town centre plays in serving the needs of the Borough’s various communities.

The following key infrastructure requirements have been identified:

  • Improvements to the strategic road network
  • Encouraging sustainable forms of transport
  • Improvements to public transport
  • New educational facilities
  • New health & social care facilities

Infrastructure Planning

The provision of infrastructure and the way in which it is provided and delivered is an important aspect of sustainable communities. The Council's Infrastructure Delivery Plan (IDP) seeks to establish what additional infrastructure is required to support the planned increase in new homes and jobs identified in the Core Strategy, and the projected population growth within the Borough up to 2026 and beyond. The IDP provides an analysis of the nature of both existing and future infrastructure provision and helps ensure that all supporting infrastructure is identified and delivered in a timely, coordinated, efficient and sustainable way.

In relation to future infrastructure provision, in so far as known, it indicates where it will be provided, when it will be provided, how it will be funded, the identification of any funding gaps, and who will be responsible for the delivery.

The initial IDP was produced in March 2010 as part of the evidence base supporting the Council's Core Strategy. The IDP is now being reviewed and updated and will be used as evidence to support the delivery of other documents within the Council's Local Plan.

Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL)

The Planning Act 2008 allows local authorities and the Mayor of London to charge a levy on new development in their area.  Funds raised through the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) can be pooled and used to help pay towards the cost of providing infrastructure such as schools, parks, health facilities and roads within the borough. The Council's CIL will be used to help fund new infrastructure requirements identified to support the proposed growth set out in the Council's Local Plan.

The Council has been collecting CIL on the Mayor’s behalf since April 2012 and funds raised from this contribute to the Crossrail infrastructure project. In addition to this, the Council is currently developing its own CIL. Once adopted, CIL will largely replace planning agreements made under section 106 of the Town & Country Planning Act (the current method of negotiating developer contributions) and the role of section 106 agreements will be scaled back to site specific planning obligations and affordable housing.

In order to charge CIL an authority needs to identify the infrastructure that it wishes to fund in whole or in part from the levy. These projects are listed on a regulation 123 Infrastructure List. To do this the Council must first consider what additional infrastructure is needed in its area, this is addressed in the IDP, to support development and what other funding sources are available.

CIL is intended to partially plug identified gaps in infrastructure funding. To determine the size of the infrastructure funding gap it is necessary to take account of known and expected infrastructure costs and other sources of possible funding available to meet these costs. CIL is subject of an examination, at the examination authorities are required to set the levy rates and produce a draft list of the projects or types of infrastructure that it is intended are funded in whole or in part by CIL.  It is anticipated that an Enfield CIL will be discussed at an Examination in Summer 2014.

Further information on this topic is available from:

Enfield Core Strategy

Enfield Council Infrastructure Delivery Plan (IDP)

Enfield Housing Strategy: 2012 - 2027

Enfield Tenancy Strategy: 2013 - 2018

Enfield Transport Strategy

Meridian Water Masterplan

Sustainable Modes of Travel Strategy

This page was last updated on 14-Apr-2015.