A wetlands area will be created in a park to reduce the risk of flooding and boost biodiversity.

The council-led scheme, in Durants Park, Enfield Highway, will protect properties in surrounding roads in an area deemed to be at high risk of flooding.

Councillors gave the go-ahead to the project during a meeting of the planning committee on Tuesday.

It will involve creating three wetland cells covering an area of 1,300sq m in the south-eastern corner of the park to absorb surface water run-off.

Seven new trees, wildflower meadows and a footpath linking Alma Road to the Exeter Estate are among the other benefits of the scheme.

Planning officer James Clark told councillors: “The site itself is high risk. The surrounding roads are peppered with areas that are highly liable to flood. With climate change and more storms, more variance of weather, these sorts of projects are needed even more.

“Having storage on this site will protect areas that are even more at risk of more generic floods from rivers and lakes.

“The wetlands will create modest biodiversity improvements, which are far superior to what are there currently.”

The council received only one objection to the scheme from a member of the public, who warned of the presence of Japanese knotweed on the site. Councillors agreed to add a condition to the application to ensure the plant is removed as part of the project.

The wetlands project at Durants Park is one of several similar schemes designed to cut the risk of flooding in the borough.

In 2018, the council secured more than £1 million to create wetlands at Broomfield Park, Town Park and Albany Park. A wetlands project at Firs Farm open space, in Winchmore Hill, was completed in 2017.