1960s Colindale estate to be replaced by 3,000 new homes

A north London council has signed an agreement with a leading housing association, paving the way for the £500m redevelopment of one of the capital’s biggest housing estates.

The agreement, which was concluded this week, gives the Genesis Housing Group the green light to carry out the regeneration of the sprawling Grahame Park estate in Colindale. The 1960s estate is being knocked down partly because of the poor condition of the stock but also because its now discredited ‘Radburn’ layout encourages crime.

Grahame Park

Under the masterplan developed by Genesis’s offshoot Choices for Grahame Park (CfGP) and drawn up by Levitt Bernstein, 835 council homes will be demolished and replaced by nearly 3,000 new dwellings, a third of which will be affordable. The remaining 2,000 homes will be sold to pay for rebuilding the social housing. A first demonstration phase of 32 private homes will be completed by the end of 2007.

The masterplan also includes proposals for a new library, community centre and new shops. The agreement enables detailed design work to begin on the first major phase of the scheme around the open space.

Anne Dufton, Chief Executive of CfGP, said: "We're delighted to have the green light from the council to deliver the new homes, parks and community buildings that local residents have helped us design. The first homes will be ready for people to move into this autumn."