Plans have been unveiled for the next stage of regeneration in Grahame Park, Colindale, which would see over 1,000 mixed tenure homes being delivered along with state-of-the-art community facilities and new green spaces.
Genesis Housing Association’s planning application for the first phases of Stage B of the Colindale regeneration is now live, having been formally validated by LB Barnet Council. Under the proposals, which have been developed with Mæ Architects, Avanti Architects and Karakusevic Carson Architects, 630 of the estate’s existing properties will be replaced over the next ten years with 1,083 homes across a range of living options including social and affordable rent, shared ownership and private sale.
The blueprint, which has been developed in line with the Council’s Delivering for Barnet vision, with support from multi-disciplinary practice Tibbalds CampbellReith, also proposes to enhance significantly the community facilities and public spaces at the scheme.
A new council-run community hub will be built offering a range of services including a nursery, GP surgery, hall and health facilities, and residents are also set to benefit from enhanced green spaces and play provision, including a woodland walk and pocket parks – small parks that are accessible to the public
The new design will improve transport links and connectivity to the wider Colindale area. The plans aim to build a better borough for everyone, while protecting the things that residents love about Barnet.
Sixty per cent (652) of the new properties will be of an “affordable” tenure covering social, affordable and London Living rents and shared ownership. The remainder will be offered for private sale (431).
Scheme residents and other local stakeholders have been extensively involved in shaping the planning application. Residents had their say on the design development through a wide range of ways including questionnaires, drop-in surgeries and community events such as last year’s annual Fun Day at Grahame Park.
The application will be reviewed in detail by Barnet Council, with plans being presented at the Planning Committee later in the year. Residents and stakeholders will have a chance to have their say as the project delivery team have been leading a wide-ranging consultation exercise, including displaying the proposals at the Grahame Park Concourse office, and inviting feedback at the annual Fun Day on 8 July. A decision on the application is expected later in the year.
Grahame Park is Barnet’s largest housing estate, originally comprising 1,777 homes when the first residents moved in in 1971. Regeneration of the Colindale site started in 2007 following the signing of a Principal Development Agreement by the Council and Genesis, with construction led by Countryside Properties PLC.
Neil Hadden, Chief Executive of Genesis Housing Association, said:
“This planning application marks a significant milestone in the transformation of Colindale. So much has been achieved since the regeneration started ten years ago, and we are now looking ahead to the next decade and seeking to deliver over 1,000 homes and new community facilities at the very heart of the development.
“Genesis and Barnet Council have been committed to engaging with residents and stakeholders throughout the design process to respond to the needs and preferences of this vibrant and varied community. If these proposals get the green light, we have a very exciting time ahead in support of our vision to create a strong and thriving community where people come together and feel safe and proud to live.”
Dan Thomas, Deputy Leader of Barnet Council and Chairman of Assets, Regeneration and Growth Committee, said:
“We are fully committed to helping build strong neighbourhoods, working closely with our partners to provide our residents with good quality homes and transforming Barnet for the better. This latest milestone at Colindale is further evidence of that commitment. “From the creation of new facilities to new jobs for local people, our regeneration schemes will help support whole communities and ensure local people continue to benefit for generations to come.”
Comments should be made on the planning application online by 28 July. Details can be viewed by going to publicaccess.barnet.gov.uk/online-applications, then entering ‘grahame park’ in the search box for current applications.