The planning and urban design framework for one of the UK’s most significant development projects has just been unveiled by Enfield Council.
Meridian Water, a new £1.3 billion 85 hectare, eco-development, will provide up to 5,000 new homes and up to 3,000 new jobs. Located just off the A406 North Circular and with outstanding road and rail links, Meridian Water will be highly accessible for its new residents, as well as those that already live in the local community.
Enfield Council Leader, Cllr Doug Taylor, said: “The Meridian Water Masterplan developed by the Council in consultation with the GLA and landowners, is a deliverable framework that will guide and enable the private sector to invest with confidence.
“Not only will we be providing high quality waterfront living for families in a fabulous setting but we are also working closely with a number of partners to improve the infrastructure around this project to make sure the education, transport links and leisure infrastructure necessary for a development of this size are provided at the right time.
“Not only will Meridian Water provide thousands of new homes and jobs, but the better rail links Enfield Council has successfully lobbied for means that we’re protecting or creating 45,000 jobs throughout the Lee Valley and adding billions to the UK economy by 2031. This is a tremendous achievement and shows the benefits that councils can bring if they bring organisations together and co-ordinate their efforts for the wider good.”
Meridian Water will support traders and provide community shopping on residents’ doorsteps by providing a vibrant high street running through the middle of the development, which will include health and library facilities, schools, a police presence and local shops.
Supporting the Meridian Water development is investment of £74 million from Network Rail and the Mayor of London to fund the creation of a third rail from Stratford to Angel Road Station, which will serve Meridian Water, the upgrading of Angel Road to improve access for passengers, and the provision of a four train an hour service along the line. The cash was earmarked for the project after extensive lobbying by Enfield Council, supported by MPs and local businesses.