Enfield Council has successfully bid for £156m of government funding for its major flagship Meridian Water scheme, to be invested in new road transport infrastructure, environmental improvements and a high frequency rail service to be delivered by 2023.
The borough is the first in London to benefit from the government’s Housing Infrastructure Fund (HIF), which injects money into infrastructure needs in areas where there is a high demand for new homes.
Chancellor Sajid Javid announced the investment in Meridian Water on August 17 as part of a £600m package, which will help fund five new projects across the country.
The centrepiece of the new infrastructure for Meridian Water will be the construction of an east-west boulevard. This will provide a route for pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles from Meridian Water railway station through the middle of the site towards Lee Valley Park.
Environmental improvements will include the creation of two new parks, naturalised brooks, cycle lanes and additional bridge connections.
The funding will also help create vital infrastructure that will enable eight trains an hour to serve the new Meridian Water railway station, opened in June, during peak times.
Works will include the construction of a fourth platform and a new section of track between Tottenham Hale and Meridian Water.
Enfield Council leader, Councillor Nesil Caliskan, said: “Enfield Council has invested more than £250million of its own money to drive this project forward. Meridian Water is now not only back on track but is gathering pace with delivery being accelerated, a new Meridian Water station open and massive infrastructure improvements on the way.
“Since taking back control of Meridian Water 12 months ago, having been unwilling to hand over all the land to one master developer in a deal which would not have been in the best interests of local people, we are ensuring our residents will be the principal beneficiaries.”
The Meridian Water development will provide 10,000 homes and 6,000 jobs and in the initial phase called Meridian One, developer Galliford Try Partnerships will create 725 homes with the aim to build the first properties by 2021/2.
Cllr Caliskan added: “This scheme is about providing thousands of new affordable homes and quality jobs in Enfield as well as new schools, community and health services, nurseries, shops and youth and leisure facilities.
“Meridian Water already benefits from a fantastic waterside and parkland setting. This funding will allow us to forge ahead with providing improved infrastructure, including a more frequent train service, which is needed to support this incredible development and deliver real benefits to our residents for years to come.
“Well connected places improve life chances. The improved connectivity that comes with this enhanced infrastructure will help local people take advantage of services, jobs and opportunities right across London – the greatest city in the world.”
Cllr Caliskan added the success of the bid indicated that the government realised the “huge potential” of the Meridian Water scheme. She said: “The HIF bid is a great example of a proactive council working in partnership with public sector stakeholders including the Mayor of London /GLA to deliver such a massive scheme and securing the infrastructure money that unlocks its potential.”
Plans for the Meridian Water development were developed with ARUP, Karakusevic Carson Architects, Periscope and Lambert Smith Hampton.
Paul Jarvis, associate director – planning at Arup, said: “This commitment from the government marks a vital step for the Meridian Water regeneration project, unlocking the necessary infrastructure for the building of thousands of much-needed homes in what will be a well-connected and flourishing community.
“Arup is proud to be supporting the Council in putting together a strong funding bid.
“Sustainable growth for a site this size is important – and the bid, with its proposals for the delivery of homes, jobs, rail improvements, new roads, bridges, junctions and better cycle and pedestrian routes reflected that.
“This announcement shows, with support from national government, that ambitious local authorities like Enfield Council can deliver the homes and infrastructure that not only this city, but the country needs.
“We are looking forward to continuing our close working with the Council as the project moves into the next phase.”
Enfield Council has now submitted a planning application for part of the infrastructure works including the central spine road, parks, bridges, cycle lanes, flood works and remediation.
It will also be starting the process to appoint a contractor to deliver £135m of major infrastructure works at Meridian Water.
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