In our Spotlight feature, we look at some of the key projects being undertaken by members of Future of London. This month, we look at the planned regeneration of a large brownfield site at Mill Hill in the North London Borough of Barnet.
London is currently experiencing a crisis in housing. One issue that has been brought up are the large swathes of brownfield sites lying vacant within London Boroughs. In 2002, the Ministry of Defence (MoD), in collaboration with St Modwen and Vinci PLC, set up the Ministry of Defence Estates in London Project (Project MoDEL) to consolidate and sell surplus MoD properties in Greater London. The 33-hectare complex comprising the disused Inglis Barracks, British Forces Post Office, Married Quarters and LBB Council Depot collectively constitute such a site.
The property is adjacent to Mill Hill East tube station in Zone 4, 30 minutes from Central London, has clear views over North London and is surrounded by Finchley Golf Course, Camden Sports Ground and Bittacy Hill Park. It has also been designated as an Area of Intensification by the London Plan. To support the redevelopment of the area, Barnet Council published the Mill Hill East Area Action Plan.
The scheme, now known as Millbrook Park, is held by the Inglis Consortium Limited Liability Partnership which is made up of the land owners, the London Borough of Barnet, VSM Estates and Annington Properties Ltd, who are acting as master developer.
The outline planning consent, granted in September 2011, provides for 2,174 new homes, ancillary retail, light industrial and office space, as well as jobs for 500 people, an energy centre, a new two-form primary school and health centre as well as almost six hectares of parks and open space. Upgrades will also be made to Mill Hill East London Underground Station, and enhanced bus services will connect the site to the wider area. The site is subdivided into 14 phases. The first two phases have been sold to the developers Linden Homes and Taylor Wimpey.
The high cost of preparing the site for development has led to a reduction in affordable housing. However, there will still be 324 affordable units designed to a high quality standard amongst the market-value housing. The provision will include homes from one-bedroom apartments to four-bedroom homes.
The first phases of development began in summer 2012 and new homes are expected to be available very soon. The former Officers’ Mess has already been converted to apartments, and on their April 20th release, all 10 properties were reserved within 2 days.