Enfield Council submits plans for 2,300 homes on £6bn Meridian Water site

WCN Editorial Team 8 Aug 2019 EUROPE BUILDINGS

Enfield Council has submitted plans for the construction of up to 2,300 homes and a park on the site of the £6bn Meridian Water scheme in London.

The planning application, the largest ever submitted to the local authority, aims to create a riverside community.

Along with the planning application, the council also submitted a second application setting the infrastructure needed to support the new homes being built.

At least 40% of the housing element of the scheme will be affordable. The application includes an option for purpose-built student accommodation or large-scale purpose-built shared living accommodation and a hotel.

The scheme will also feature commercial, retail and social infrastructure along the riverfront, as well as a new three-form entry primary school and supporting infrastructure.

According to the council, Brooks Park and river naturalisation are part of the plans, which would ensure naturalisation of part of the eastern bank of Pymmes Brook to create a river landscape and provide riverside parkland.

Enfield Council leader Councillor Nesil Caliskan said: “Our proposals for Phase Two of Meridian Water will, if granted planning permission, provide thousands of homes and first-class infrastructure.

“It will play a significant part in the Council’s plans to provide thousands of new homes and jobs on the site which local residents will be the primary beneficiary of.

“Enfield Council’s corporate priority is to provide much needed housing and jobs for local people, growing the local economy and enhancing our local communities.”

Recently, Enfield Council has announced Galliford Try Partnerships as the development partner to deliver the first 725 homes at Meridian One, which is a part of Phase 1.

The new homes will be constructed around the new Meridian Water train station, which opened in June and will serve four million passengers annually.

The council has also begun searching for a new developer for Meridian Two at Leeside Road, which will form part of the Phase 2 site.

Subject to planning permission, the scheme will deliver 250 affordable homes with workspace on the lower floors.

A bid has also been submitted for £156m of Housing Infrastructure Fund cash from the government. Funds, if approved, will help finance the first phases of infrastructure works in Meridian Water and a more frequent rail service through the new station.


Image: CGI of the Meridian Water masterplan. Photo: Courtesy of Enfield Council.

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