London borough gears up for leap in development activity

Written by: Jez Abbott
Published on: 3 Sep 2015

Enfield civic centreA London borough is looking to expand its planning team on the back of rising development activity. 

London Borough of Enfield head of development management Andy Higham told Planning: “We've seen the number of applications rise by a third in the last 18 months.

“We've seen a lot of developer activity and much happening on the business front along the Lee Valley corridor. Major regeneration schemes include Meridian Water and Alma Estate.”

Meridian Water is an 85-hectare, £1.5bn project involving about 8,000 homes. The regeneration of the 1960s Alma Estate in Ponders End will see the area redeveloped to support around 800 new homes.

The council is expanding its planning service and seeking to recruit a senior planning officer and three principal planning officer posts.

Higham said: “Enfield is a diverse north London borough with good links to the city. It has urban and industrial areas yet a third of the borough is green belt. 

"We've seen renewed confidence in the development sector and increased activity, with a significant rise in planning enquiries. This is an exciting time of expansion for the planning team."

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