The next phase of our large-scale regeneration project at Grahame Park in Barnet has been shortlisted for a national Planning Permission of the Year award.
Part of the Placemaking and Planning Awards 2021, judges are looking for the scheme with the most significant positive impact on physical and environmental quality as well as the economic or social well-being of the community.
The scheme sees the demolition of 630 properties to make way for 2,088 new, high quality homes of various sizes, almost 6,000sqm of space for business and investment, shops, cafes and a new community centre and day nursery.
It will also replace and reconfigure the existing low-quality public realm, which is dominated by surface car parks, dead ends and unsafe pedestrian routes. Instead we will have a new neighbourhood centre, a simple and clear network of healthy streets and a tree-lined central street with improve transport links.
Replacement of barren and undefined open spaces will create landscaped shared green space and safe, overlooked neighbourhood parkland with areas for people and families of all ages so socialise and play.
This £700m investment will also transform the life-chances of those living on the estate, many of whom are on low incomes. This has included creating new job opportunities by improving bus connections to other areas of London and creating a more cohesive community through the state-of-the-art community centre.
The award entry was made by our project team partners Inner Circle Consulting, hgh consulting and Patel Taylor on our behalf. Notting Hill Genesis are proud of the success at Grahame Park so far.
Tracy Lavers, director of regeneration for Notting Hill Genesis, said: “We are very proud of our planning proposals which are the result of listening to existing residents and working together as a team to meet their needs. We made a promise to Grahame Park residents 15 years ago that we would improve their neighbourhood and feel we are meeting and exceeding that pledge.
“I want to say a huge thank you to our partners who helped create plans that have support from across our organisation, the local authority and the community.”