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Upper and Lower Fosters

  • Regeneration

About Upper and Lower Fosters

The new masterplan for Upper and Lower Fosters (also known as the Fosters Estate) is being developed through an exemplar community co-design process, the first time this approach has been taken in Barnet.

This has involved the estate residents, neighbours and local community organisations from the very beginning of the project, in deciding what to build, where and how.

The existing estate is built to a relatively low density despite its proximity to a local high street, and its good transport accessibility. It has the capacity to accommodate more affordable, market and extra care housing – in part to replace existing out-dated sheltered housing on the site.

The existing homes on the site will be retained, apart from the sheltered housing, and the emerging masterplan will create new housing around the edge of the estate, resolving concerns about safety in these areas, as well as among the existing housing blocks. The local community wants to see the existing green, park-like character of the estate retained and enhanced, so the new plan builds on this distinctive identity.

Key facts

The ambition for the project is for a masterplan that creates:

  • New affordable and market sale homes, built to Lifetime Homes standards
  • Extra care homes
  • Community facilities that respond to local residents' priorities
  • Improvements to the public realm on the estate including potential new play facilities, community garden and improvements to currently neglected public realm/alleyway areas
  • Improvements to the highways layout and parking provision.

Progress report

  • Stage 1 of the project has completed -  the development of the strategic design approach. 
  • Stage 2 - developing the design in more detail - began in January 2018.
  • The project is supported by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG), who have committed £830,000 of project funding
  • A community steering group has been formed and meets monthly with the design team
  • Open workshops and design events happen regularly to involve the whole community.
  • A newsletter is distributed monthly around the area to keep residents and businesses up to date.

Delivery partners

Delivery partners for this scheme be confirmed on completion of the design stage.

 

Contacts

  • Regeneration Service
  • Barnet House, 1255 High Road, Whetstone, London N20 0EJ
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  • Tel: 020 8359 7248
  • Email: ulf@barnet.gov.uk

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