Need to know: Barnet residents vote for estate redevelopment

Social housing tenants approve redevelopment of their estate in first ballot to take place under new rule introduced by London mayor Sadiq Khan this summer.

In advance of the ballot residents have been able to see and help shape the proposals for the redevelopment
In advance of the ballot residents have been able to see and help shape the proposals for the redevelopment

Residents of a north London estate have voted in favour of its redevelopment in the first ballot to take place under the rule introduced by London mayor Sadiq Khan earlier this year. Almost 75 per cent of social housing residents at the Westhorpe Gardens and Mills Grove estate in Barnet voted in favour of the proposals, which were drawn up by housing association Metropolitan Thames Valley (MTVH). Almost 66 per cent of 108 eligible residents took part in the vote, which followed a series of community consultation events attended by more than 60 per cent of residents. MTVH is aiming to replace the estate’s 1970s built social housing with a mixed tenure community of approximately 250 homes. The 102 existing social rented homes would be replaced with the additional homes being for affordable rent, shared ownership and retirement living. The London mayor introduced the policy in July requiring resident ballots to be carried out for proposed major estate regeneration schemes involving any demolition of social homes in order for them to receive funding from City Hall.

Developer Thakeham and affordable housing provider Radian have formed a joint venture to deliver more than 600 homes in Pease Pottage, west Sussex. The joint venture will develop 619 homes on a 45 hectare site, with much of the proposed scheme design by architect JTP already having planning consent. The planned scheme also includes a home for local charity St Catherine’s Hospice, a primary school and a community hub.

Private rented sector player Grainger is to forward fund and acquire a 108 home scheme in Tottenham Hale, paving the way for a larger scale regeneration on the north London site. The scheme will form the first phase of the Hale Wharf development, which is planned to provide more than 500 homes in all, as well as commercial and leisure space, and public realm improvements. Hale Wharf is being developed by Waterside Places, a joint venture of Muse Developments and the Canal & River Trust.

Housebuilder Legal & General Homes has signed a partnership deal with affordable housing provider VIVID to deliver more than 500 affordable homes in Wokingham, Berkshire. The decade-long deal will see 525 affordable homes delivered at Legal & General Homes’ Finchwood Park development at Hogwood Farm in Finchampstead. Almost 60 per cent of the homes will be available for social rent, with affordable rent and shared ownership homes also being made available. Legal & General Homes will build the private units on the site.

Rushmoor Borough Council has completed a deal to buy Aldershot’s former Marks & Spencer building in its latest move to drive the regeneration of its town centre. The building makes up more than half of the land required for the regeneration, and the deal follows a string of other property acquisitions in the area. Over the coming months the council and its development partner, Hill Investment Partnerships, operating as Rushmoor Development Partnerships, will be formulating proposals for the Union Street East regeneration.

Cheshire East Council has appointed a team led by property consultant Cushman and Wakefield to develop a vision and strategy for economic growth in Macclesfield town centre. Other members of the team include engineering consultant WSP and urban designer Open, while professor Cathy Parker of Manchester Metropolitan University’s Institute of Place Management has been appointed independent expert advisor.


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