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Vacant site brings promise of housing and park extension

Published Friday, 21 November 2014

Future proposals for a derelict Council depot that were agreed at Enfield Council’s Cabinet Meeting on Wednesday 12 November are now being put into action with public consultations.

The Bury Street West site, next to the Great Cambridge Road, has been vacant since the Council moved operations to a new mega depot at Morson Road, Brimsdown in 2013.

The proposals would incorporate a new extension to Bury Lodge Park and an opportunity to construct new rented homes, including flats and houses. The development would be managed by a company set up by the Council as a new way to deliver housing in the borough and generate income.

Although plans are at an early stage, local residents have already had a chance to comment on the ideas for the site following a drop-in display at Salisbury House.

Whilst many people supported beneficial use of a brownfield site, and the prospect of additional recreational space and new habitats alongside Salmons Brook, some of the main concerns expressed focussed on the traffic likely to be generated and the ability of local roads to cope, the possible ‘overspill’ of parking, and the number of homes planned for the site.

Cllr Ahmet Oykener, Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing and Estate Regeneration said “We do understand the concerns of local residents, and they will be taken into account, however we must not lose sight that these proposals provide a great opportunity to extend the park and deliver affordable housing for residents at a time when housing in Enfield is at a premium.”

Cllr Andrew Stafford, Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Finance and Property said “We are committed to bringing unused sites into use for the benefit of the wider community, and we have to make every penny count in these tough economic times and find innovative and creative solutions to the problems we face. 

“This site, as well as providing much needed housing will extend and improve the park and add many additional features to the site.”

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