London Borough of Enfield

London Borough of Enfield London Borough of Enfield logo

A to Z of services

Estate facilities swap deal

Published Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Enfield Council has agreed to replace an unwanted synthetic sports pitch and changing room with a grassy area and a multi-use games area after consulting residents.

Residents and school children living in Millicent Grove and Cherry Blossom Close in Palmers Green told the council that they no longer wanted the facilities, which were to be built by Fairview Homes as part of the Section 106 agreement when planning approval was given to the building of the estate, with the intention of hiring them out to groups running organised sporting activities.

But following the consultation last year, residents and primary school pupils confirmed they didn’t want the floodlit synthetic grass sports pitch and changing facilities and would prefer an open grass space, a play area and multi-use games court.

Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Chris Bond, said: “Since the results of the consultation came in, we’ve been in negotiations with Fairview Homes who own the land so we can meet the wishes of residents.

“I’m delighted that we’ve made fantastic progress has been made and although there are a number of phases which need to be completed before land can be transferred and the play area and multi-use games area constructed we have reached an outline agreement with Fairview Homes to transfer the land into our ownership so we can carry this work out.”

As part of the deal Fairview would make a financial contribution to the council and put a planning application to the council to build three houses on the site where the proposed changing facilities would have been if the floodlit synthetic grass sports pitches had been developed. Achievement of planning consent is not part of the deal to transfer land.

The planning application for the three houses can be seen on the Councils website. The legal documentation  for the transfer of land and associated funding is progressing and once complete the Council will commission the play area and multi-use games area. We hope this will take place in spring and early summer.

More articles in the news archive.