Cabinet backs Ponders End regeneration scheme

Thu 9 August 2012, 3:44 pm

Enfield Council is to push ahead with the regeneration of the Alma Estate in Ponders End, including the demolition of four 22-storey tower blocks.

Alma Estate: regeneration plans approved
Image by Nigel Cox

At their last meeting, members of the authority’s cabinet backed plans to redevelop the estate, understood to be worth £100 million over 10 years.

Housing lead Ahmet Oykener said the decision was a “historic” one that would significantly improve the quality of life for residents on the estate and have a huge impact on a deprived part of the borough.

“We have listened to what our residents have said and responded to their wishes,” he said. “The estate, as it currently exists, does not meet the high standards of accommodation our council tenants expect and deserve. Demolition and rebuilding is the best option for the people living there, the community and the borough as a whole.

"We will be working closely with all the residents of the estate to make sure they are supported and receive the information they need throughout this process."

Residents were first consulted on the future of the estate in October 2011 where they said they wanted the estate to be comprehensively redeveloped.

An initial test of opinion showed 84 per cent of people who responded to the consultation were in favour of demolition. A second test of opinion conducted this year showed 78 per cent favoured redevelopment.

Existing council tenants will either be rehoused on the estate or elsewhere in council accommodation, while leaseholders on the estate will be bought out by the council at market rate.

Work on the regeneration programme is expected to start next year.