Alma estate plans approved

Mon 7 September 2015, 10:38 am

The developer Countryside has won planning permission for almost 1,000 homes as part of the redevelopment of the Alma estate in Enfield.

As well as 993 homes being built at the Ponders End site – a gym, shops and restaurants will also be developed. The scheme will be delivered over seven phases and is scheduled for completion by 2026.

The properties will be a range of sizes and tenures including private sale, council rented homes and shared ownership homes. They will be available through housing association, Newlon Housing Trust.

Richard Cherry, CEO of partnerships at Countryside, said: “It is great news that these plans, developed with our architect Pollard Thomas Edwards and planning consultant Terence O’Rourke, have now been approved.  We look forward to working with our partners Enfield Council and Newlon Housing Trust to deliver new housing and significant improvements to this area. Our vision is for a development with a strong sense of community where people will be proud to live and that will stand the test of time for generations to come.” 

The plans involve the demolition of existing properties, including the four 23 storey tower blocks, replacing them with homes in a range of sizes and layouts. There are also proposals for the development of Station Square at Ponders End railway station – to "create a new gateway into Ponders End".

Countryside's consultation with residents showed overwhelming support, with 84% in favour of the "comprehensive redevelopment of the estate". 

Cabinet member for housing and regeneration, Councillor Ahmet Oykener, said: “The regeneration of the Alma estate and surrounding area is an opportunity to improve the quality of life and housing standards for hundreds of people and transform an iconic part of Ponders End into a more desirable and attractive place in which to live. 

“I am therefore delighted that our ambitious but deliverable aspirations for the Alma Estate have been given the green light by the council’s planning committee, and I look forward to development of the site starting as soon as possible.”

Work is expected to start on the first phase in early 2016, with the first homes becoming available in early 2018.