People are being invited to have their say on the council’s plans to boost housebuilding and reduce inequality in the borough.

Enfield Council’s draft Local Plan will be up for discussion at a meeting of Enfield South Area Forum next Thursday – and councillors want the public to attend.

The Local Plan will set out the policies that will guide development in the borough over the next 10 to 15 years.

One of the hottest topics up for discussion is how the council will meet a new housebuilding target of nearly 2,000 homes a year – almost four times the current rate of development.

The council has proposed building on some areas of the protected green belt, which covers a third of the land in Enfield – mainly in the north and west of the borough.

It says “managed development on a small segment of the green belt” could help to meet the housing targets and has earmarked land near Crews Hill station as a possible site for new homes.

The Conservative group is opposed to building on the green belt and says the council should focus on brownfield land in the east of the borough to link development to the Crossrail 2 route.

But other councillors have warned adding new housing in areas that are already built up could put more strain on transport and other public services, such as education and health.

The Local Plan aims to achieve a borough-wide target of 50 per cent affordable housing for new developments.

It also aims to secure higher-wage jobs for people in the borough and foster a vibrant night-time economy.

The Enfield South Area Forum Local Plan meeting will be held at Community House, Fore Street, on Thursday, February 21 from 7pm to 9pm.

People can also submit responses to an online consultation on the Local Plan here.

The consultation will close at 5pm on Thursday, February 28.