Barnet Council and its partners, Countryside and London & Quadrant, have confirmed plans to bring forward the redevelopment of the Dollis Valley Estate by six months.
The development team has revised the building scheme to split the next phase (Phase 2) into two separate parts, starting work on the affordable housing elements of the scheme in October of this year.
This will bring forward 63 new affordable homes and will speed up the decant process from the old estate buildings speeding the redevelopment of the whole estate.
Cllr Richard Cornelius, Leader of Barnet Council, and Committee Chair said: “I am delighted that we have been able to speed up the building of this affordable housing. It has been a personal commitment of mine to get work on the regeneration estates going, so I am particularly happy that it is now accelerating. The buildings on the current estate are a blight on residents’ lives and this decision will bring forward high quality new homes.
“When the rebuilding of our regeneration estates is complete there will be no noticeable difference between private housing and social and affordable housing – a huge step forward from the position today. “
Richard Cherry, Deputy Chairman of Countryside said: “We are extremely pleased that Countryside, L&Q and Barnet Council can progress the building work for the affordable homes ahead of the original timetable. The new homes will deliver high quality housing to the community, which will be a real boost for local people.”
Jerome Geoghegan, Group Director, Development and Sales for L&Q, said: “Speeding up the plans to build affordable homes for local people, including much-needed family homes, is great news.
“All the homes in this redevelopment have been designed by award-winning architects to very high standards, and we are delighted that the timetable for this exciting project has been accelerated.”