Enfield’s plan to become the green heart of London and increase opportunities for all

Enfield Town from above

Proposals to enhance Enfield’s character and green spaces while also making it a place of growing opportunities for future generations are being put forward by Enfield Council.

The proposed new Draft Local Plan 2039 will be presented to Full Council on 9 June for approval to launch a borough-wide consultation.

It is designed to help realise Enfield’s vision to become the green heart of London by setting out a framework to increase bio-diversity, access to green spaces throughout the borough and further investment in our current parks.

Together with the Green and Blue Strategy, which was adopted at the AGM on 19 May, Enfield’s Draft Local Plan will complement the Mayor of London’s vision for a National Park City across London.

It proposes to make our wonderful green spaces even more accessible to residents – through connecting channels and driving investment to improve biodiversity both in the green belt and in our town centres.

It also looks at ways we can help communities thrive by meeting residents’ employment and housing needs in well-designed neighbourhoods with genuinely affordable housing.

Enfield Council’s Leader, Cllr Nesil Caliskan, said: “Enfield is one of the most unique boroughs in the whole of London. Its mix of green open spaces and waterways rub shoulders with the urban fabric of the borough.

"It is a growing borough and our residents face a housing affordability crisis. To support our economy and provide more homes we need to make difficult choices about where growth can be placed.

"But to complement this we are enhancing the natural landscape in the borough, improving its biodiversity through rewilding, planting over half a million new trees and ‘greening’ our streets through initiatives like green roofs and walls.

“The Draft Local plan also guards against the development of inappropriate skyscrapers as well as looking at options for providing more affordable family homes – which we know our residents want and need.

“Meanwhile government planning changes threaten our wider greenbelt and our ability to control how new developments in Enfield are designed and shaped.

“Ultimately, we need a place that is more equal for all, delivering more housing and better and fairer outcomes across the board.”

A six-week consultation is expected to launch towards the end of June. It will ask for thoughts on key areas including how the Draft Local Plan can reflect the aspirations and choices of Enfield’s communities. The consultation will be hosted on the Let’s Talk platform which can be found at https://letstalk.enfield.gov.uk/.

Some of the key commitments proposed for Enfield to 2039 are to:
* Be a deeply green place and to respond to the Climate Emergency
* Meet local needs for genuinely affordable housing
* Become the workshop of London
* Deliver transport infrastructure to tackle deprivation and improve job prospects
* Be a nurturing place with healthy communities, beautiful places and excellent leisure and educational facilities

Underpinning the Draft Local Plan are many Council commitments including the target of becoming a carbon neutral organisation by 2030 and a carbon neutral borough by 2040. In addition, the Enfield Blue and Green Strategy includes many important and far-reaching commitments that will help inform the Draft Local Plan including:

* Creating over 300 hectares of new publicly accessible woodland and rewilding initiatives
* The provision of new world-class sporting facilities at Enfield Playing Fields and Firs Farm
* Expansion of the borough’s cycle and pedestrian network
* Expansion of the open space and route network to and from the Lee Valley Regional Park
* A new circuitous route along the river valleys to link east-to-west and north-to-south
* An ongoing programme of wetland projects to restore Enfield’s urban rivers

After consultation, the Draft Local Plan will be refined and brought back to full Council before being submitted to a Planning Inspector.

To make sure you can be involved, sign up to Enfield Council’s digital newsletters at www.enfield.gov.uk/enewsletters . As well as residents, Enfield Council will want to hear from community groups, charities, the voluntary sector, young adults and those who work in Enfield.

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