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17 November 2011
Countryside Properties, working in conjunction with L&Q, has been selected by London Borough of Barnet as its preferred partner for the proposed regeneration of the Dollis Valley housing estate in Chipping Barnet. The selection is subject to the council’s formal scrutiny process. The proposals, which are based on a masterplan design by Alison Brooks Architects and HTA Architects, would involve the construction of approximately 600 new, mixed-tenure homes in a wide range of designs and sizes to suit the differing needs of families. All would be built to a minimum of Level 4 of the Code for Sustainable Homes.
Half of the new homes would be traditional houses with gardens with more than 200 of those being affordable rented homes. The affordable homes will benefit from Countryside Properties’ ‘It’s Your Choice’ scheme which enables tenants and leaseholders to customise their new home.
The proposals would also include new green spaces and community facilities, including a community centre, a nursery and office/retail space. 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.
The scheme would be built in five phases with construction of the first new homes potentially getting underway as early as 2013. The project would involve the demolition of the existing estate, which was built in the late 1960s. The existing estate is owned by the London Borough of Barnet and comprises two and three storey houses and five storey blocks of flats and maisonettes.
Michael Hill, New Business Director at Countryside Properties, said: “Our proposals feature high quality urban design that has been inspired by a very clear and ambitious vision of a sustainable suburb to provide a place where people want to live. We have worked very hard to produce a scheme that is not only deliverable, but will meet the council's aspiration of securing more family homes. In this way we will be able to integrate the project into the wider Chipping Barnet community. We now look forward to working closely with the Council, local residents and local groups to make a start on the regeneration of Dollis Valley as soon as we can."
Jerome Geoghegan, Group Director of Development & Sales at L&Q said: “It is fantastic news to have been selected as the preferred partner for this project. Our regeneration plans for Dollis Valley will create high quality homes and new community facilities. L&Q is committed to partnership working in order to deliver new homes and we look forward to continuing this work with local residents and the Council as we progress with our plans.”
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Information correct as at 17/11/2011