Councillors have given the green light to a regeneration scheme that will provide more than 100 homes.

The second phase of the Electric Quarter project in Ponders End will provide 107 new homes, 31 of which will be classed as affordable.

It forms part of a £50 million regeneration plan for 167 homes, several shops and a community space designed to create a “heart” for Ponders End High Street.

More than half of the 40 family-sized homes built under the first phase of the scheme are already occupied, and a further 21 affordable flats are nearing completion.

But at a cabinet meeting on Wednesday (September 12), ward councillors raised concerns that pledges made to the community over the provision of amenities may not be honoured.

Councillor Doug Taylor, Labour member for Ponders End, said: “Cabinet needs to ensue appropriate community facilities are available – otherwise the local community, who were led to believe this would change the nature of the area, will be a bit short-changed.”

Cllr Taylor pointed out that a 2016 compulsory purchase order (CPO) stated that Ponders End Library would be relocated to a prominent location on the high street opposite the mosque.

He said: “I am not certain that is still the aspiration as reflected by officers, but I think it does reflect a general lack of engagement with ward members and a need to re-engage with the local community about the future.

“As ward councillors, we are very keen to make sure this is a genuine improvement for the area.”

Cllr Taylor added that in 2013 the scheme included a pledge to provide space for the expansion of Enfield Mosque – and this was re-stated in the 2016 CPO.

He said the mosque had expected a much larger piece of land for expansion than is now available, believing the council would sell it land previously occupied by a plastics factory.

Cllr Taylor suggested the council provide compensatory space for the mosque in the rest of the development.

Leader of Enfield Council Cllr Nesil Caliskan said she was clear that regeneration should happen “with a community and for a local community, but not to a local community”.

She pledged to continue to engage with residents and said she was “unclear why there has been so much miscommunication with the mosque in terms of land”.

Cllr Caliskan said she was keen to ensure the mosque would have enough space to expand.

She added: “I have made sure that we have moved to more formalised conversations with the mosque. I think it is the correct step

“That is important – we must formalise our conversations with local communities, not just because it is a way of doing business, but also because it allows them to take that letter and seek independent advice.”

Deputy leader Cllr Daniel Anderson questioned why a completion date for the development – which is being provided by Lovell Partnerships – was not provided in the report.

Sarah Cary, the council’s executive director of place, said the first homes were expected to be finished in 2019 and work would continue for a further year and a half.