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Residents to be consulted on Enfield's pioneering estate regeneration project

Published Monday, 14 May 2012

Residents of Enfield's Alma Estate are being asked their views on whether they think their homes should be refurbished or demolished as part of a £100 million redevelopment project.

Enfield Council is launching a Test of Opinion to see whether the estate's 717 resident households want improvements to be made to the housing stock on the estate or whether it should be flattened and replaced with a mixture of council housing and private properties.

Tenants will also be asked where they would like to move to if the estate is demolished and if they want to return once the rebuilding is completed. Home owners will be asked whether they would prefer to buy a house off the estate, or on the new development if the demolition goes ahead.

An earlier consultation, answered by 64% of residents on the estate found the vast majority of people (84%) wanted the estate to be demolished with tenants preferring replacement homes on the estate to be owned by Enfield Council. As part of the final Test of Opinion all residents will receive an information booklet explaining their rehousing options, compensation and project timescales to inform their decisions on the future of their homes. The consultation on the future of the estate is symbolic of the Council's view that residents should have a major say on regeneration proposals.

For the first time in over 30 years Enfield Council has taken the historic decision to build new Council housing on the Alma estate in the event the regeneration of the estate is approved by the Council's Cabinet. This would make Enfield one of the first Councils nationally to lead on the construction of new council homes on an estate regeneration project.

Enfield Council's Cabinet Member for Housing, Cllr Ahmet Oykener, said: "The Alma estate is showing its age and needs major refurbishment or rebuilding work to bring it up to the standards our residents deserve and expect. This project when it goes forward will be a unique investment in a deprived area which will have a major impact on the lives of the residents living there.

"The Alma Estate improvement programme will deliver massive investment in council housing in Enfield and will significantly improve our housing stock. Crucially we are working hand in hand with our residents in order to plan and deliver massive improvements in this area."

The improvements to the Alma Estate will complement the new £1m Ponders End Park refurbishment and the plan to regenerate Ponders End High Street and make it a more diverse and vibrant town centre.

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