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Richard Cherry, CEO Partnerships at Countryside comments: “It is great news that these plans, developed with our architect Pollard Thomas Edwards and planning consultant Terence O’Rourke, have now been approved. We look forward to working with our partners Enfield Council and Newlon Housing Trust to deliver new housing and significant improvements to this area. Our vision is for a development with a strong sense of community where people will be proud to live and that will stand the test of time for generations to come.”
The new development will include homes in a range of sizes and tenures including private sale, council rented homes and shared ownership homes to be available through Newlon Housing Trust. The vision is to create a sought-after place to live, with aspirational homes located close to the high performing local schools, new community facilities and good transport connections by road and rail. The proposals include the development of Station Square at Ponders End railway station, creating a new gateway into Ponders End and transforming the area.
The Alma Estate was identified as a priority for regeneration because it is costly to maintain, suffering from structural defects and is unpopular with residents. Consultation showed overwhelming support from residents, with 84% in favour of the comprehensive redevelopment of the estate. The plans involve the demolition of existing properties, including the four 23 storey tower blocks, replacing them with well designed, energy efficient new homes in a range of sizes and layouts. All existing council tenants on the Alma Estate will be able to move into a home in the new development if they choose.
The designs for the redevelopment will reintegrate the former estate with its surrounding neighbourhood, creating a safer and more inviting environment. The plans are based on a traditional streetscape with family houses as well as taller buildings, culminating in a 16 storey landmark building at the entrance to the railway station.
There is a strong focus on green spaces and improving the public realm with two distinctive areas of public open space being created along with public and private communal gardens.
Cllr Ahmet Oykener, Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing & Housing Regeneration, said, “Now with planning permission granted the old Alma estate is coming down and we are preparing for a transformation that will be central to the development of this neighbourhood.
Working with our partners at Countryside and Newlon Housing Trust we are on course for the first phase to be ready in 2018 with 228 brand new homes, an affordable gym and new retail units”
Caroline Pennock, Business Development Director, Newlon Housing Trust: “We are very pleased that the plans have been approved and we look forward to building on our successful partnership with Countryside and Enfield Council to deliver the new homes people need and lasting improvements for the local community.”
The resolution to grant planning consent was given on 1 September for the detailed application for the first phase, as well as the outline planning application for the subsequent phases. Work is expected to start on the first phase in early 2016, with the first homes becoming available in early 2018. The entire scheme will be phased over the next 10 years, with completion due in 2026.