Agenda and minutes

Local Plan Cabinet Sub-Committee - Wednesday, 24th October, 2018 7.30 pm

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

Contact: Metin Halil 

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Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Nesil Caliskan, Harriet Bell (Heritage Officer) and Christine White (Heritage and Urban Design Manager).

Apologies for lateness were received from Councillors’ Lemonides and Savva.




Members of the Sub-Committee are invited to identify any disclosable pecuniary, other pecuniary or non-pecuniary interests relevant to items on the agenda.


There were no declarations of interest.



The Chair will consider the admission of any reports (listed on the agenda but circulated late) which have not been circulated in accordance with the requirements of the Council’s Constitution and the Local Authorities (Executive Arrangements) (Access to Information and Meetings) (England) Regulations 2012.


Note: The above requirements state that agendas and reports should be circulated at least 5 clear working days in advance of meetings.


There were no urgent items.



To receive a report from the Executive Director of Place presenting Enfield’s New Local Plan 2036 Draft for public consultation – (Key Decision No.4686)


(Report No.101)


(Appendix 1 To Follow)




Additional documents:


The Sub Committee received a covering report and the new draft Local Plan 2036.

(Report No. 101)


The following points were highlighted:


·         The Council had been working on the draft Local Plan under previous administrations and an initial Issues & Options consultation exercise  was  undertaken in late 2015/16.

·         The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) establishes a need for all Local Authorities to have up to date plans which must be kept up to date every 5 years.

·         Over the past 10 years, Enfield, has changed and significant areas have been regenerated and to date Enfield is a place that is successful in attracting new residents, jobs investors and visitors.

·         Enfield’s existing Local Plan comprises a number of documents that have been adopted by the Council: Core Strategy (Nov 2010), Development Management Document (Nov 2014), North Circular Area Action Plan (Oct 2014), North East Enfield Area Action Plan (June 2016 and Edmonton Leeside Area Action Plan (currently under examination).

·         The Core Strategy was bought forward at a time that was a very different climate to the one faced today. Population growth and the national and London wide housing crisis was not on the planning agenda, back then, as it is now. The Council had moderate housing targets, challenging for the time, but moderate in comparison to today’s housing challenges.

·         The Mayor of London is proposing the Council builds 135% more homes than its current target. That is the figure of 798 being driven up to just under 1900 homes. A local housing need assessment undertaken in 2015 for the borough projected this figure to be in the region of 2400, just to meet the needs of local population growth and household formation. The national position set by central government is an even higher figure suggesting  3500 be built every year.

·         The new NPPF has established that, for the first time, for local authorities who are at the start of a new local plan making process will now need to use a national a standard methodology to assessing housing need for its local area. Central Government is due to issue the standard methodology in December 2018 and this will be used to assist officers to assess and pinpoint what the actual housing need figure should be for this new local plan.

·         In terms of the challenge for Enfield, with a Core Strategy approach adopted in 2010, on average over the past 5 years, the Council has only delivered 550 homes per year. This is well below existing and future targets. With over 3,000 families in temporary accommodation and half the Council housing stock being lost through rent to buy the Council has to change and respond to these situations by looking at this Local Plan as a way of planning differently so as to meet its housing, economic, social and environmental responsibilities.

·         In December 2015, the Council undertook the first stage process of the Local Plan review, which was an issues and options public consultation. The generic options provided covered where growth could  ...  view the full minutes text for item 4.



To receive a report from the Executive Director of Place requesting the authorisation to consult on the Council Heritage Strategy.


(Report No.100)


(Appendix 1 To Follow)





Additional documents:


The Sub Committee received a covering report and the new draft Heritage Strategy

(Report No. 100)


The following points were highlighted:


·         Members had been briefed on the Draft Heritage Strategy as they had been on the Local Plan.

·         Having an up to date Heritage Strategy is a National and Local Policy commitment. This update comes at a time where members and the community are debating the challenges of growth and pressures the borough is facing.

·         It was with intention that officers seek to progress consultation on this draft Heritage strategy alongside the draft Local Plan and it too will run a 12 week consultation process. It was important that as a borough that is facing tough decisions and challenges, that enough time and resource is given to the borough’s built environment and heritage assets both past, present and future.

·         It is therefore well worth running the public consultation for both the Local Plan and Heritage Strategy, side by side for the following reasons:

a.    The Heritage strategy recognises that heritage can be a positive factor in realising growth options or ambitions and securing quality place making.

b.    Heritage can be central to how a place transforms and how changes are bought forward. It can also set a marker for new high quality design across the borough.

c.    It recognises the importance of Heritage as a sense of place and identity and how it can be a positive factor in securing place making.

d.    The strategy has a commitment to design, underpinning conservation and enhancement of our built and historic environment.

e.    The strategy looks at a commitment to deciding a course of action for Broomfield House.

f.     There is also a commitment to making archives and museum collections more accessible, with continued digitising so as to protect their longevity.

g.    As a focus on heritage and cultural practises, that there is the importance of memory making and culture across the borough.

h.    The strategy also promotes opportunities for inward investment, partnership working and securing funding.

·         As a wide spanning document, the purpose of the strategy is not defining what heritage is, but it accepts and includes archives, buildings, museums, collections, landscape, festivals, ethnicity, faith, practises, architecture, archaeology, cultural practises, design and more.

·         The draft strategy is intended to engage residents, workers, youth, old, visitors, decision makers and professional advisers on investors.

·         Input to the strategy by focus groups, workshops, study groups, community and civic organisations across the borough.

·         The strategy sets out how the Council will approach Heritage, through regeneration opportunities, development management, local studies & archives, property services, highways, etc.

·         It is a very high level statement about pointing to how the Council can manage and resource Heritage and where funding should be directed.

·         Officers have directed that this strategy should be a supplementary planning document (SPD). Which will mean that it amplifies the policies in the adopted core strategy and DMD. Bought forward at the same time officers are deciding on policy approaches in the new Local Plan.

·         The  ...  view the full minutes text for item 5.



To confirm the minutes of the previous meeting of the Local Plan Cabinet Sub-Committee held on 18 September 2018.


The minutes of the meeting held on 18 September 2018 were agreed as a correct record.



To note that future meetings of the Local Plan Cabinet Sub-Committee have been scheduled to take place on:


Thursday 24 January 2019

Tuesday 26 March 2019



NOTED the dates agreed for future meetings of the committee:


Thursday 24 January 2019

Tuesday 26 March 2019