Borough recruits for regeneration push

Written by: Jez Abbott
Published on: 5 Jan 2015

Waterside housing at Meridian Water

A London local authority is to recruit two new senior planning officers to help it ramp up its focus on regeneration.

The London Borough of Enfield is strengthening its development management service to help it deliver sustainable developments that contribute to regeneration across the borough.

Planning decisions manager Sharon Davidson told Planning: “A third of the borough is green belt and we have a number of regeneration sites within the borough.

“The new postholders will will be involved in these and will shadow principal officers. There is a lot of work in bringing forward council-led regeneration projects and handling pre-application talks. The main thrust is on residential work but there are elements of commercial work too.”

Davidson said big projects on the horizon involved Meridian Water, a redevelopment of an 85-hectare site to include up to 5,000 new homes and the creation of 3,000 new jobs.

The Alma Estate redevelopment, meanwhile, would see four tower blocks demolished as part of a wider regeneration of Ponders End, a priority area for the council. 

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