Agenda and draft minutes

Green Belt Forum
Tuesday, 29th January, 2019 7.30 pm

Venue: Room 1, Civic Centre, Silver Street, Enfield, EN1 3XA. View directions

Contact: Stacey Gilmour 020 8379 4187  Email:

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The Chair, Councillor Brown welcomed everyone to the meeting and introductions were made.


An apology for absence was received from Councillor Ergin Erbil.


Officers advised that they would need to leave the meeting by 8:30pm due to prior commitments.




AGREED to defer the Election of Vice-Chair to the next meeting of the Green Belt Forum.

Action: Stacey Gilmour, Governance & Scrutiny Secretary



To receive an update from Neeru Kareer, Planning Consultant, Regeneration, Leisure & Culture and May Hope, Local Plan Lead, Regeneration, Leisure & Culture.


Harriet Bell (Heritage Officer) presented an item on the Draft Heritage Strategy.  The current Enfield Heritage Strategy is set out in a document - ‘A Living Landscape’ and was approved in 2008.


She highlighted the following:

·         Public consultation is running alongside that for the draft new Local Plan and will continue until the end of February 2019 – the draft strategy is due to go to the Local Plan Cabinet Sub Committee in March 2019. The aim is to adopt the new Strategy by April 2019.

·         The document aims to set out how the Council will manage Enfield’s heritage and direct resources. It includes heritage planning affecting the historic environment - including places of historical importance such as Forty Hall, or the twenty-two conservation areas, as well as museums and the local studies library and archives. Harriet said it is also necessary to include our less tangible heritage which may be more difficult to define. It is important for this to be ‘owned’ by our communities as we recognise the heritage of different cultural groups.

·         Workshops have been held for people in developing the draft Strategy and considered themes including how we can safeguard and promote our heritage. She emphasised that by using our local museums we can ensure that we raise awareness of our heritage.

·         Everyone is invited to give their comments by using the following website Drop in sessions are arranged alongside the draft new Local Plan consultation events.


The following comment was made:


·         Yellow traffic lines in Horseshoe Lane and Chase Green should be narrower as they are in a Conservation area. Harriet agreed that the road markings should be subtler and would therefore revisit this issue with Highways.

Action: Harriet Bell, Heritage Officer.


Councillor Brown thanked Harriet Bell for her presentation. Leaflets were circulated – ‘Enfield Towards a New Local Plan 2036’ and the Draft Enfield Heritage Strategy.



To receive an update from Neeru Kareer, Planning Consultant, Regeneration, Leisure & Culture and May Hope, Local Plan Lead, Regeneration, Leisure & Culture.


May Hope (Local Plan Lead, Strategic Planning & Design) presented an item on the draft new Local Plan for Enfield which will set out the policies and proposals that will guide development in the borough over the next 10 to 15 years.


She highlighted the following

  • The plan focuses on how to manage growth in Enfield in a sustainable way whilst preserving and maintaining the heritage of the borough
  • It is a planning framework setting out policies and sites to guide future development, investment and the supporting infrastructure.
  • The overarching priorities aims to address the issues of inequality and poverty; addressing housing shortage and targeting development 50% of development to be affordable housing.
  • She explained what the current Local Plan is for the borough, indicating that we are guided by the National Planning Policy Framework by central government, then the London Plan by the Mayor of London, and at the local level the Local Plan is made up of the Core Strategy, Development Management Document, and are-based planning frameworks.
  • The Core Strategy, which was adopted in 2010 is out of date and the government expects Local Plans to be updated every 5 years.
  • She explained that if the Council did not have an up to date plan, what would happen.  Primarily: developers may exploit the situation proceeding with schemes in an unplanned way; poor quality development in inappropriate locations; and harm the Council’s ability to meet wider regeneration objectives and attract inward investment.
  • She went through the number of new homes the Council has to plan for indicating the figures as

o   A total of 395 new homes a year, as set by the Core Strategy (2007-2017)

o   A total of 798 new homes a year, as set by the London Plan (2011-2021)

o   A total of 1,876 new homes a year, as set by the draft new London Plan (2018-2041) and

o   Based on the Council’s own evidence of need, 2,400 new homes a year (2018-36).

  • She indicated that over the last 5 years, around 500-550 new homes were being delivered, and therefore the Council has to plan for more in order to deliver more in order to meet the need.
  • As part of the draft new Local Plan. Council is considering all good growth options including: areas around town centres and stations; movement corridors including the A10 and A$)^; eastern corridor, i.e everything east of the A10 including industrial areas, retail parks and supermarkets; the Council’s own portfolio of land including estate renewal and regeneration projects including Meridian Water; and taking a strategic plan-led approach to Green Belt land.
  • The draft new Local Plan is not just about housing growth and looks at how new development can achieve high quality design, tackle climate change, ensure timely delivery of community infrastructure, enhance the public realm, support the economy to grow and prosper; and invest in public transport and roads.
  • Public consultation started in December 2018, and is running for a 12-week period, ending 28 February 2019.
  • Everyone is invited to  ...  view the full minutes text for item 4.



To agree the minutes of the meeting held on 3 July 2018.


AGREED the minutes of the meeting held on 3 July 2018 subject to the following amendment:


i)             Minute No: 5 - bottom of page 3 should read Rammey Marsh not Romney Marsh as detailed in the original minutes.



To receive an update on Matters Arising at the meeting on 3 July 2018.


Responses to matters arising from the meeting on the 3 July 2018 were provided by the relevant officers/department.


Any outstanding actions and further points raised at tonight’s meeting would be followed up and responses would be fedback at the next meeting of the Green Belt Forum.

Action: Stacey Gilmour, Governance & Scrutiny Officer



To agree the suggestions for future meetings as detailed below:


·         Emergency Planning

·         Local Government Boundary Review

·         Ultra-Low Emission Zone

·         National Park City Initiative

·         Rights of Way in the Green Belt – Ask for a report on Footpath Progress/ how areas such as Trent Park will be affected by future planned developments.

·         Council’s Disposal of Assets, both Land & Buildings – with particular focus on the Green Belt.


It was agreed at the previous meeting in July 2018 that these items would form the agendas for future meetings of the Forum for the municipal year 2018/19.


Suggestions for future meetings were agreed as follows:


·         Feedback from the Local Plan Consultation

·         Events Policy/Decible levels- update from appropriate Council Officers

·         Tottenham Hotspur ground – what is happening with the environment and nature reserve which was agreed as part of the conditions of application

·         Allotments- Is their future safe?

·         Terms of Reference of the Green Belt Forum – to review the TOR to include quarterly meeting dates and to widen the remit of the Forum to include environmental issues.



NOTED the date of the future meeting as follows:


Thursday 7 March 2019.


AGREED that the date of the next meeting scheduled to be held on Thursday 7 March 2019 would be re-arranged.


A new date would be notified as soon as possible.

Action: Stacey Gilmour, Governance & Scrutiny Officer