Leader shares development vision at OpEn magazine launch

Fri 24 January 2020, 5:04 pm

Enfield Council is "looking for partnerships" for future development projects shared its leader, at the launch of the latest edition of OpEn magazine this week.

The networking event, held at the New London Architecture building, in Bloomsbury, yesterday included council representatives, architects and developers.  

Lara Kinneir, director of New London Architecture, introduced the event and said that “all eyes are on Enfield", sharing the “good work” the council is doing to shape the area. 

She introduced the council's executive director - place, Sarah Cary, who individually named key team members of the authority including the council's director of property and economy, Mark Bradbury, and director of housing and regeneration, Joanne Drew. She also thanked all OpEn magazine sponsors including Glenny and Berkeley Homes. Cary said: “We have a lot of homes to build, we have a lot of industry to grow, we have some new parks to create, climate change to deal with and we want you all to do that with us and for the residents of Enfield.”

At the evening event, council leader Councillor Nesil Caliskan talked about how in the previous year's event she was able to set out the “vision for Enfield" and said she could "talk about how excited I was on behalf of the administration”. 

Caliskan praised the “capable and brilliant team” at the council led by Cary, and commented on how it was “a growing team” that should be “proud of what has been achieved”.

She highlighted the front page of OpEn magazine, which featured revellers arriving for the Field Day festival at The Drumsheds at the Meridian Water site, and said: “The front page of the magazine is covered with young and good-looking people in Enfield. Come to Enfield, and that is what you should expect."

Caliskan said the council will be creating more than 1,000 new homes as part of its housebuilding programme, it is working on action plans for key town centre areas and will invest in industrial estates. 

She said: “We know the vision for the next ten years, whether it is for our industrial estates, for town centres, for big regeneration schemes. We know we can’t do it alone. Our industrial areas will have to intensify, our town centres will need to continue to be diverse places, where we will seek to have higher quality and higher paying jobs to help deliver the wages the residents in my borough so desperately need to address the problems around poverty and inequality.”

Caliskan added the council needed to attract investment and said: "You can’t do it alone – there is just no way. Even in the good times local authorities can’t do it on their own." She stated: “We are looking for partnerships.”

The leader talked about the progress of the £6bn Meridian Water scheme and the success of Field Day as achievements for the council. She added: “We have demonstrated over the last 18 months we are serious as a council, and that we will do things that we said we would do.”

Talking about the Meridian Water development, she added: “To get on with that delivery in 18 months I think any team should be proud, but to do it having taken the decision we are absolutely not going do it the way we had set out – changing the strategy completely I think is quite something. I think it is credit to a very able team at Enfield Council in terms of their skill that we’ve been able to deliver that.

“It also demonstrates a recognition and confidence from not only the Mayor of London, but also central Government. To have a Labour administration that has been awarded £156m of infrastructure money from a Conservative government should tell everybody the level of confidence in the borough of Enfield through the local authority that actually we will deliver thousands of homes over the next ten to twenty years.”

Caliskan added that it was “great to see so many people” at the event and she added: “We are really excited for the next couple of months and there are other parts of the borough that will show vibrancy, excitement, potential to absolutely transform itself and the lives of the people that live there, whether it’s the western or eastern side of the borough. What I would say is watch this space, but let’s watch this space together.”