Interview: Sharon Strutt from Enfield Council

Fri 15th February 2013, 12:31 pm

The next senior council officer to be interviewed by the Sitematch London team is Enfieldís Sharon Strutt.

What is your role at the council? Responsibilities, duties, etc?

I am Head of Neighbourhood Regeneration for Enfield Council. My responsibilities include driving forward regeneration in the borough’s priority areas, including Ponders End, Meridian Water, Edmonton Green, New Southgate and Enfield Town.  Enfield also has a high profile Estate Regeneration Programme, seeking to redevelop some of the borough’s poorest housing estates to create new high quality neighbourhoods.

If an investor or developer is looking for development sites in Enfield, what types of sites are available? Who owns them? What type of development is Enfield looking for?

Some of our key sites in Ponders End – the Electric Quarter High Street, and the Alma Estate are already in separate procurement processes to secure a delivery partner. Sites scheduled to come forward this spring include New Avenue, a 3.4 ha Council estate in the north west of the Borough and Academy Street, a 0.76 ha site in Ponders End located close to the new Oasis Hadley school and the Alma Estate.  Procurement will begin in March 2013, and will run alongside submission of a planning application.

Enfield is looking for high quality family housing, mixed use developments and the creation of sustainable neighbourhoods. We have keen to deliver the wider social benefits of regeneration activity in the borough, and look for developers who will create jobs, apprenticeship and training opportunities, alongside physical development.

Why should an investor/developer invest in Enfield?

Enfield has significant growth potential, given its location within the Upper Lee Valley Opportunity Area, which extends from the Olympic Park in Stratford to the East and is part of the London-Stansted-Cambridge-Peterborough Growth Corridor.  As a borough, Enfield aims to create up to 11,000 new homes and up to 6,000 new jobs by 2026.

Enfield’s location makes us an ideal destination. We have excellent road and public transport networks, easy access to central and north London and beyond, and we are committed to improving our infrastructure, with a particular emphasis on the third track proposals for the Upper Lee Valley and creation of the Lee Valley Heat Network which will capture affordable low carbon heat from waste to energy facilities.

Enfield is taking a proactive approach to de-risking sites to attract developers.  This includes developing planning frameworks to support delivery. We have a robust Local Plan in place, with Area Action Plans emerging to underpin delivery in growth areas.   We have worked with landowners and stakeholders to produce masterplans for Meridian Water and New Southgate, in order to give certainty to developers about the Borough’s aspirations.

Could you give an update on the Meridian Water Development master plan? What are the opportunities to developers?

The Meridian Water masterplan is due for adoption in Spring 2013.  We have been actively engaged with landowners to develop the plan, which will deliver up to 5,000 new homes and up to 3,000 new jobs for the borough, in addition to new schools, community infrastructure and new green spaces. The masterplan includes the creation of a central causeway which links the east and west of the site, connecting to a new transport hub at Angel Road Station. We are working with Network Rail and strategic rail partners to deliver rail and service improvements which would enable four stopping trains per hour, and an improved station environment. Our first phase of delivery to the west of Meridian Water will include 400-700 new homes, providing a mix of family housing and apartments, a new primary school, and a new park and leisure facilities.

Could you give an update on the New Southgate scheme, and it’s opportunities to developers?

The North Circular Area Action Plan will be submitted for examination in March 2013 and has a number of allocated sites outside of the New Southgate masterplan area which have been identified for housing. This includes Southgate Town Hall, a 0.52 ha site with potential to deliver up to 35 new homes alongside a medical centre and refurbished library.

The Ladderswood Estate Renewal scheme is due for consideration at Planning Committee Feb 2013.  The scheme has been developed with Mullaley and One Housing, and proposes 517 homes, 1554 sq metres of B1 floorspace, hotel & community uses.

We are working with landowners to bring forward the Western Gateway site in new Southgate, sited adjacent to the Ladderswood Estate.  The New Southgate masterplan identifies potential for up to 364 new homes in the Western Gateway Site, together with 4,500 sq metres of commercial space of which approx 3,000 sq metres are identified for employment space (B1), alongside community space and some retail opportunities.

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