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Barnet estate-regeneration architects respond to mayor's veto

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The architects behind a regeneration scheme in the London Borough of Barnet vetoed by the mayor of London have defended their proposal, saying it was developed in line with the planning advice on tenure they had at the time

Sadiq Khan denied permission for the regeneration of the Grahame Park estate in Colindale, designed by Mæ Architects, Avanti Architects and Karakusevic Carson Architects, saying it would result in the net loss of 257 affordable homes as 692 existing social rent units would be replaced with 435 under the proposals.  

He told Barnet Council, which approved the application last month and is working with Genesis Housing Association on the project, that it must continue working with City Hall planners and the developer to redesign the scheme, replacing the lost affordable homes. He said: ‘This is a classic example of how not to do estate regeneration.’

Responding to Khan’s decision, the three practices said their proposal for Grahame Park was developed in line with the planning advice on tenure that they had at the time.  

‘The architect team were not party to the discussions on financial modelling or the negotiations between the mayor of London and our client,’ they said, ‘however, the scheme provides 60 per cent affordable housing and an uplift on current levels, with all tenures seamlessly integrated into the design. We will work with our client, Barnet and with the GLA [Greater London Authority] to review affordable mix. 

‘The GLA in their report has welcomed the design, which was developed in line with both the GLA’s Good Practice Guide to Estate Regeneration and the government’s Estate Regeneration National Strategy and our approach has had wide community and borough support.’

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