Barnet Council Leader Cllr Barry Rawlings led a visit with project partners in Hendon to celebrate work starting on an innovative, co-designed housing scheme delivering 217 new affordable homes, including 75 extra-care homes.
As part of the project, Barnet Council has entered into a partnership with Sage Homes, to ensure the whole scheme was designated as affordable. Sage Homes invested over £46m in the scheme and worked with the council to jointly secure £7m of GLA grant.
The affordable homes scheme was designed in collaboration with residents, neighbours and local community organisations, who were consulted throughout the process and central to the agreed design.
This process led to a design to enhance the elements of the estate that residents like and improve the aspects they didn’t like. As a result, the buildings have been arranged to ensure the open, park-like character of the estate is retained and new amenities and community spaces will be introduced.
“The Fosters Estate is one part of Barnet borough’s ambitious housing delivery programme – the largest in the capital. We are building for and with our residents, respectful of our communities and proud of our heritage.
“To achieve this, we know we must work in partnership with residents, whether that’s on community-led regeneration, or co-design of local services, to deliver new affordable homes, new facilities, public spaces and places to be enjoyed by all,” said Cllr Barry Rawlings, Leader of Barnet Council.
“We’re delighted to be working with Barnet Council, the GLA and Sage Homes and Hill to be delivering much-needed high quality homes in Barnet.
“We have worked closely with existing residents on the estate to co-design the new homes, strengthening the community ties and enhancing the surrounding areas. This project further strengthens our home-building credentials,” added Tim Mulvenna, CEO of The Barnet Group.
Under the partnership, Barnet Homes will manage 60 homes at London Affordable Rent on the council’s behalf for people on the borough’s waiting list and continue to manage the entire estate.
Sage Homes will sell the remaining 82 shared ownership homes to part-rent part-buy customers in the local area who cannot afford to buy on the open market. The council is also developing 75 extra care homes on the site of the old Cheshir House.
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