Barnet Council gives green light to next phase of regeneration at Grahame Park

Last updated - 29 November 2017

The vision for delivering over 1,000 new homes and facilities at a major regeneration scheme in Colindale moved one step closer to reality last week as Barnet Council’s Planning Committee approved the application.

The planning application, submitted by Genesis Housing Association in April, seeks approval to demolish 630 existing homes on the Grahame Park estate and to replace them with 1,083 new homes, two retail units, an energy centre and a Council-owned community hub comprising a community hall, workshop rooms, a daycare nursery, a GP surgery and community health facilities.  There will also be significant external environmental improvements, including further works to the Heybourne Park open space.

This new stage of work will build on the new homes and facilities already delivered to the south of the estate and maintain momentum in providing better homes for local people and a much improved environment in the heart of Grahame Park, including the central concourse area.

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.

Residents and other local stakeholders were extensively involved in shaping the planning application, feeding in their views through a wide range of ways including questionnaires, drop-in surgeries and community events.

The application will now be referred to the Mayor of London, with a decision expected early next year.  Genesis and LB Barnet Council have worked in close partnership to address previous queries raised by the GLA at an earlier stage in the application process.

A computer generated image of plans for the new buildings

Jeremy Stibbe, Genesis Housing Association’s Executive Director, Assets and Investment, said: “Following two years of design and development work, together with consulting local residents, I am pleased to see that the Council recognises the substantial benefits that this application will bring to Grahame Park.  As well as delivering over 1,000 mixed tenure homes, the plans will also deliver valuable new community facilities, better transport links and enhanced green spaces.  We look forward to the Mayor of London reviewing the many benefits to this area.”  

Councillor Dan Thomas, Chairman of the Assets, Regeneration and Growth Committee said: “We’re delighted that yet another crucial milestone in the redevelopment of Grahame Park has been reached.

 “We’ve already seen the massive difference that has been made to the Colindale area as a result of the early regeneration works that have taken place.  This latest phase will only improve Colindale further, creating a far more pleasant environment for existing residents, as well as making it a highly sought after location for people to live in.

“It’s really exciting that Grahame Park will also gain from new community facilities and improved transport links.”