Talks have begun to try and secure £33million to build more homes in the borough.

Enfield Council representatives are meeting with the Greater London Authority (GLA) to agree the terms of a financial package designed to increase the number of houses and flats in the £3.5 billion Meridian Water development.

Already 10,000 new homes are planned in Meridian Water, but the council also want to redevelop the surrounding areas neighbouring the project.

Housing Zone status has been granted for the area, dubbed Edmonton Futures.

This means it has been designated for fast-tracked development, and the council hope the additional money will allow them to expand further and faster.

Enfield’s population is projected to exceed 400,000 by 2032, and the council say they are aiming to build 798 new homes a year each year until 2025.

Cabinet member for housing Cllr Ahmet Oykener said: “Gaining Housing Zone designation for Edmonton Futures is great news because it will help to sweep away red tape and help us get the high quality and affordable homes our residents desperately need built far more quickly than we normally would be able to.

“We want to extend the enormous benefits Meridian Water will provide, beyond the development itself and into the surrounding area, and we can now do that thanks to this decision.

"We are essentially creating a corridor of opportunity in the east of the borough which will help is provide high class homes, infrastructure, jobs and opportunities for local people and help to lift the wards they live in out of deprivation.”