Four developers and housing associations have been shortlisted to deliver the first housing site at Enfield Councilís Meridian Water scheme: Galliford Try, L&Q, Peabody and Redrow.
In total, 17 expressed an interest in delivering Meridian One, with 10 submitting their bids to the council in October. The local authority will oversee the delivery of the site and select the development partner in spring 2019.
The site will see the first 725 homes built at Willoughby Lane, alongside new public squares, shops and leisure facilities. Outline planning consent is already in place for these new homes, and construction enabling works started in January 2017. Meridian Water is Enfield Council’s £6 billion mega development which will provide 10,000 homes and thousands of jobs.
These homes will be delivered around the new Meridian Water train station, due to open in summer 2019, which will serve up to four million passengers each year at its peak.
The announcement of the shortlist, in November 2018, marks one of the first sites brought forward for procurement via the Greater London Authority’s London Development Panel 2, and is the first stage of accelerating the delivery of the initial homes and creating new jobs at Meridian Water.
Nesil Caliskan, leader of Enfield Council, said of the shortlist: “By taking control of the vision for Meridian Water and overseeing its delivery, we are now able to select the right development partner for each phase and accelerate the delivery of the first housing site at Meridian One.”
Progress is also being made on bringing forward a further housing site for Meridian Two at Leeside Road, which will deliver around 300 homes classed as affordable. It is proposed that new workspaces on the lower floors will be used by ‘makers and creators’.
The council is also progressing a detailed business case for the Housing Infrastructure Fund, which if secured in full, will see £156 million of government funding connect all parts of Meridian Water to the new train station and improve the frequency of train services.
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