Need for regeneration
Background on the Estate
The Joyce Avenue and Snell’s Park estates were built in the late 1950s and 1960s and provide housing for a diverse community. Many residents have lived on the estate for many years and are proud of their neighbourhood, however there has been a gradual rise in antisocial behaviour, prostitution and other crime such as drug dealing. The layout of the existing estate has many unseen areas and the apartment blocks have little or no security on stairwells.
Dated design has contributed to the rise in crime and the outdoor spaces are not welcoming and underused. The outdated design also means that Joyce Avenue and Snell’s Park sides of the estate are poorly connected and have limited points of access between each area. This has separated the communities and made it challenging for residents to interact and develop the community spirit that we know could exist across the whole estate.
The estate is severely lacking the social infrastructure necessary with Boundary Hall being the only community facility available. We will therefore be asking residents what additional facilities they would most like to see delivered on the new estate.
Below highlights some of the benefits that the proposed redevelopment can bring and how it will rectify the well-known issues on the estate:
BETTER, MORE SUSTAINABLE HOMES FOR RESIDENTS
This regeneration is an opportunity to give each eligible resident a new and improved home on the new estate. We do not want to break up the existing community so we will be pushing for all residents to return if possible.
These will incorporate modern design principles and building standards so that the new homes will be far more energy efficient and help to reduce household utility bills. In most cases this will mean apartments will have larger bathrooms, better circulation and more storage space.
A SAFER, MORE SECURE ESTATE
In a new estate we can ensure that blind spots on the estate where anti-social behaviour can occur will be designed out. Other improvements such as street lighting, CCTV and modern security systems in and around the blocks will help to make people feel safer and want to use the outdoor spaces.
NEED FOR GENUINELY AFFORDABLE HOMES
There is an acute need for more affordable homes in Enfield. This project presents a great opportunity to provide more of these homes for those who most need them. The new properties will be built and manged by Enfield Council so we can ensure that the new homes built are for those that are most in need.
NEW COMMUNITY FACILITIES
When the estate was built there was limited social infrastructure provided meaning residents had no direct access to services. On the new estate, space will be allocated for community services such as a new Civic Hub on Fore Street for community events and other activities.
A PLACE TO HOUSE KEY WORKERS
The Council will also be building homes for key workers such as NHS staff and teachers so that they can access affordable accommodation closer to where they work. We will also be building affordable homes for private rent with longer tenancies available, a responsive repairs service and at prices that are affordable to many local people.