BARNSBURY ESTATE

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Barnsbury estate

Number of homes under threat: 371

Landlord: Newlon Housing Association

Developer: Mount Anvil

Ballot Status: Approved

Planning Status: Pending

371 homes are under threat of demolition on Islington’s Barnsbury estate.

The former Council estate was transferred to Newlon Housing association in 1999 under Islington’s stock transfer policy.

In a joint venture with developer Mount Anvil, Newlon plans to demolish the 1970s blocks on the estate between Charlotte Terrace and Caledonian Road, including the two blocks next to the canal on Carnegie Street.

Newlon plans to replace the 351 existing social rented homes and build around 550 to 600 additional new homes.

In March 2021, a residents ballot was held in which 73% of those who voted supported the proposals on a 79% turnout.

Newlon’s formal Landlord Offer made it clear that if residents voted against redevelopment then it wouldn’t tackle the ongoing symptoms of the estate’s neglect.

This is an a recurring element in resident ballots, where residents are forced to choose between redevelopment or ongoing neglect. More examples can be found here.

In 2018, residents accused Newlon of neglecting the estate and ‘running it into the ground’.

Links:

Newlon’s website for the scheme: https://betterbarnsbury.org.uk

Newlon’s Landlord Offer


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Hi, Newlon are currently establishing a Residents Association on the Barnsbury Estate. Early members of this are trying to get clear answers from Newlon about the proposed Residents’ Charter, which seems to be offering commitments to residents (separately to the official offer document on which the ballot was held) - although the any part of the Residents’ Charter may be subject to change by Newlon/developer as the development goes on. It would be the Residents’ Assoc’s responsibility to hold Newlon to account, but by what mechanism/recourse to whom is unclear. Is there anyone the Res Assoc can talk to who has experience of the practicalities of working with this type of redevelopment Charters? Especially redevelopments which are already passed planning/have started construction?