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‘Yes’ vote for Barnsbury estate plan

Residents back overhaul that could see as many as 600 extra homes built

26 March, 2021 — By Calum Fraser

An artist’s drawing of how the estate will look

A MAJOR overhaul of a housing estate is set to go ahead after residents backed the redevelopment in a ballot.

The Barnsbury estate could see as many as 600 extra homes built on the site.

More than 70 per cent of residents who voted in a ballot said yes to the regeneration scheme, it was announced yesterday (Thursday).

The scheme is split into two sections – “New Barnsbury” and “Old Barnsbury”.

New Barnsbury consists of 17 housing blocks running down to Caledonian Road with 351 homes that were built in the 1950s and 1970s.

Vision for the estate

These are set to be bulldozed and rebuilt with the extra homes in a new tower blocks.

In total, there could be more than 950 homes.

Newlon Housing association, which own and manage the buildings, say they will aim to provide 50 per cent affordable homes across the estate made up of a mix of social rent and “intermediate housing”.

Architect James Dunnett, who helped residents challenge a plan to build an extra building on the estate more than a decade ago, said: “ If I lived in the new part of the Barnsbury estate I would be totally opposed to this.

The Barnsbury estate

“It’s going to be totally disruptive and the end result will be a far more dense and intense feeling.”

The 1930s brick buildingss dubbed “Old Barnsbury” will not be demolished but will undergo refurbishment.

The scheme could take up to ten years to finish.

Symon Sentain, from Newlon said: “This result shows clearly that residents want the Barnsbury Estate Transformation project to proceed.

“We believe the project is a once in a generation opportunity to fix overcrowding and ensure that current and future residents have comfortable, beautiful homes whilst creating new affordable homes for those on Islington’s housing list.”

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