Communities in Transition: Colindale

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Our next Communities in Transition field trip will take visitors on a walking tour of Colindale’s new developments, including the Grahame Park estate renewal programme and Barnet’s new Open Space Strategy.

Colindale is located at the western edge of LB Barnet, on the border with LB Brent; an Area Action Plan was drawn up in 2010, setting a target of 10,000 new homes in the area over 15 years, and in 2011 Colindale was designated an Opportunity Area in the London Plan (jointly alongside Burnt Oak in LB Brent). One challenge the borough and partners face is trying to establish a cohesive identity for this large and diverse area.

A new high street is planned for the area around the Tube station, as new residential developments come forward, and Colindale is also set to be the case study for Barnet’s Open Space Strategy, which will bring investment into the area’s parks and open spaces.

Around 15% of Colindale’s new housing will be delivered on the Grahame Park estate. The estate, which is undergoing a phased demolition and redevelopment, will have significantly higher densities on the site, as well as improved open space and social infrastructure, such as a new nursery and library facilities. Phase One of this large-scale estate regeneration programme is already complete, with five further phases planned.

Our visit will focus on managing large-scale estate renewal; making the most of open spaces; and what planners can do to link separate developments to create a sense of place.

Up for discussion throughout the trip will be: What powers are available to planners to promote placemaking? How can estate regeneration be integrated with new private developments? Can alternative design/build models contribute to integration? How can tenant disruption be minimised on large-scale projects? How can open spaces play a more active role in shaping communities? How can land be used more efficiently?

This visit will run from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM on Wednesday, 8th October, followed by networking over tea and coffee. We will be joined by practitioners involved in different aspects of the area’s development, including representatives from Barnet council, Genesis Housing Association, and local community groups.

The trip is free to attend, but space is limited and registration is required. To register your interest, please email If you have secured a spot, you will receive a confirmation email.