Plans submitted for first part of major Edmonton estate regeneration

Enfield Council making progress on redevelopment of Joyce Avenue and Snells Park, reports Simon Allin, Local Democracy Reporter

Plans for part of the new development at Joyce and Snells in Angel Edmonton (credit Enfield Council)

A major £770million regeneration project set to provide more than a thousand additional homes in Angel Edmonton could be decided on later this year.

Enfield Council has submitted proposals for the redevelopment of the Joyce Avenue and Snells Park estates and hopes they will be considered by the authority’s planning committee in December.

It comes after more than three quarters of estate residents who took part in a ballot held last year voted in favour of the council’s regeneration plans.

Expected to take 20 years to complete, the proposed scheme would see the existing 795 homes on the estates, which date back to the 1950s and 1960s, knocked down to make way for nearly 2,000 new homes.

Joyce Avenue Estate in Angel Edmonton
Joyce Avenue Estate in Angel Edmonton

The tallest blocks on the regenerated estates would rise to up to 19 storeys – four storeys higher than the current maximum heights. Planning documents indicate the scheme would provide 619 homes for social rent, 218 for shared ownership, and 125 available through a shared equity scheme. The remaining 1,021 properties would be for private sale.

Around half of the homes on the existing estates are for social rent, with the rest occupied by leaseholders.

Further plans for the site include the replacement of Boundary Hall; a new multi-use space including a library, community facility and creative space; more green spaces; and a link across Sterling Way to improve access from nearby Silver Street Station.

According to previous reports produced by the council, if the regeneration does not go ahead the existing homes would need a “comprehensive refurbishment” to make them safe for the next 30 years. This would require residents to be moved elsewhere to enable work to take place.

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A view of the masterplan for the redeveloped Joyce and Snells estates (credit Enfield Council)

The council says that if the scheme is approved, existing secure tenants and resident leaseholders will be offered a home on the redeveloped estate. It plans to offer new homes via a single move, with overcrowded council tenants entitled to a larger home more suitable for their needs.

Council leader Nesil Caliskan said: “This exciting programme provides a once-in-a-generation opportunity to deliver on the mandate given to the council by residents. The proposal will see more council-owned housing delivered for existing residents as well as those in desperate need on the housing register.

“I am delighted that residents on the Joyce and Snells estate[s] have a masterplan which will be their legacy for years to come.

“The scheme will be transformative for people living on the estate. The new scheme will focus on providing energy-efficient, good-quality new homes with improved play areas. The design will help to reduce crime and antisocial behaviour and introduce high-quality public open spaces.”

How the redevelopment is expected to look from Fore Street (credit Enfield Council)

A detailed application for 530 homes has been submitted alongside outline proposals for the rest of the site. The proposals can be viewed by visiting the council’s planning portal and entering reference number 22/03346/OUT.

Earlier this month the council also submitted a bid to create an ‘investment zone’ in Edmonton which would include the Joyce and Snells development.

More information about the council’s plans can be found on a dedicated website:

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