London Borough of Barnet

Views from Dollis Valley by HTA Architects

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The masterplan, by Alison Brooks Architects and HTA Architects, includes mixed-tenure homes in a broad range of designs, sizes and with half being traditional houses. All homes will be built to a minimum of Level 4 of the Code for Sustainable Homes.

The regeneration also include new parks and community facilities, including a community centre, a nursery and office 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.

Please click here to view the drawings of the future Dollis Valley from the HTA Architects website.

Dollis Valley Estate Regeneration Scheme was shortlisted for the Planning Permission of the Year Award

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The Dollis Valley Estate Regeneration Scheme was short listed for the Planning Permission of the Year Award.

 Michael Spyrides, Senior Regeneration Officer, went to the Annual Planning Awards Ceremony in Central London on the 18th November in the evening, together with Nigel Eade (Dollis Valley resident) the Chairman of the Dollis Valley Partnership Board.

The turnout for the event was huge, and  Michael Spyrides is happy to say that the Dollis Valley scheme was highly commended and was runner up to the 4,000 unit scheme in Aldershot.  If volume is the flavour of the judges, then there’s hope for Brent Cross to win next year then. 

Many congratulations to all involved at Barnet (especially the planners), and of course congratulations to all involved at Countryside, Alison Brooks – Architects, L&Q, and especially to Paul Rogers and him team at Terence O’Rourke (Countryside’s planning consultants) who submitted the application for the award. 

In addition, Michael Spyrides would like to thank all the residents and neighbours at Dollis Valley who supported the scheme, for without their support, the scheme would have never have taken off the ground. 

Well Done! Everybody Involved.

 

Dollis Valley – Phase 1. The Official Launch

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Major regeneration at a dilapidated 1960s sink estate officially got underway – ending a frustrating 10 year wait for residents. Diggers rolled in the Dollis valley Estate in Mays Lane more than 12 years after plans were originally drawn up to replace the 523 homes with new builds.

Speaking at the official launch on Thursday 20 March 2014, Barnet Council leader Councillor Richard Cornelius, said: ‘It is a very special day – we’re are actually there. It is important this estate is redeveloped – it is a blot on the landscape that needs improving. It has been a lot of work and this is very pleasing.’

Phase 1 of the regeneration project, which involves the construction of 108 homes on the site of a former school and community centre, is due to be completed in April, through the regeneration will not be fully finished before 2021.

Building work represented an end to the planning and financial hurdles that have hindered the project for more than a decade.

The launch was welcomed by residents and volunteers of the estate, who said the new builds would provide an optimistic future for the young people growing up there.

Debbie Dearman, manager of the Underhill Children’s Centre, where many parents and children of the estate visit, said: ‘It is absolutely brilliant. The plans will provide an inspiring new development and we’re looking forward its completion.’

For Nigel Eade, chairman of the Dollis Valley Partnership Board which has spend 12 years dealing with the effect of the regeneration on residents, the launch represents a significant milestone. He said: ‘We have had milestones in the past with the planning and development but this really means something to the residents here – they can see something is happening. There has been immense frustration in the past and many people didn’t believe it was going to happen.’

Speaking at the launch, Richard Cherry, deputy chairman of Countryside Properties, which has been responsible for putting together the plans for the regeneration, said: ‘These projects are the most exciting and rewarding because they make a difference to people’s lives. It has been frustrating and difficult at times but we’re underway, and that is tremendous.’

For the full article see Barnet & Potters Bar Times ( dated 20th March 2014)

Below are some of the pictures taken at the Launch

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