Planning granted for Dollis Valley regeneration

Barnet Council has granted outline planning consent for a major regeneration of the Dollis Valley housing estate in Chipping Barnet, North London, together with detailed planning consent for the first phase of the project. The plans were submitted as a ‘hybrid’ application in January by developer Countryside Properties in conjunction with L&Q, one of the UK’s leading housing associations. The new development will involve the construction of 631 new affordable, private and rented homes in a wide range of designs and sizes to suit the differing needs of families.

The new scheme will be built in five phases and the detailed element of the planning consent includes 108 new homes in the first phase. These comprise 21 four-bedroom, 41 three-bedroom, 34 two-bedroom and 12 one-bedroom homes.

The regeneration will involve the demolition of the existing estate, which was built in the late 1960s. The existing estate is owned by Barnet Council and comprises two- and three-storey houses and five-storey blocks of flats and maisonettes.

The scheme will include some traditional houses and apartments. The affordable homes provided by L&Q will benefit from Countryside Properties’ ‘It’s Your Choice’ scheme which enables tenants and leaseholders to customise their new home.

The scheme design by Alison Brooks Architects and HTA has already been shortlisted for a design award. It features new green spaces and community facilities, including a community centre and pre-school nursery. These facilities, complemented by programmes to fund local initiatives, will strengthen the existing Underhill community hub on Mays Lane and provide employment and training opportunities for local people.

Work on the estate is expected to begin in autumn 2013. Countryside Properties and L&Q are working directly with residents to explain how the redevelopment will affect them.

Councillor Daniel Thomas, Deputy Leader of Barnet Council said:

“I am very pleased that after a lot of careful planning and preparation we will be able to provide a wide range of homes to our residents with their accompanying educational and community facilities for generations to come.”

Richard Cherry, Deputy Chairman, Countryside Properties said:

“We are delighted that the Council has given the go ahead for our master plan and detailed planning for Phase 1. The regeneration will create a sustainable development of a 21st Century suburb which will bring great benefits to the wider community of Chipping Barnet. We are particular pleased that residents will shortly see work start on site.”

Jerome Geoghegan, L&Q’s Group Director for Development & Sales, said:

“With our partners, L&Q will create high-quality homes for people on a range of incomes, and new community facilities. This is a fresh start for the estate and its residents.”

Nigel Eade, Chair of the Dollis Valley Partnership Board, said:

“As a resident of Dollis Valley and someone who has been working on the regeneration plans for more than ten years, I am delighted that these proposals have won consent. This regeneration will deliver a vast improvement compared to the existing Dollis Valley estate.”