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Grahame Park, located on the site of the old Hendon Aerodrome in North West London, is a north London housing estate in the London Borough of Barnet, including 1,777 homes built in the 1970s.

History

The estate is named in honour of Claude Grahame-White, the pioneer of aviation who established the original aerodrome and aviation school on the site.

The building of the estate was a joint project between the Greater London Council and Barnet Council. The plan was approved by the Ministry of Housing and Local Government in 1964, and the first family moved in on 23 October 1971.

A typical characteristic of the estate was the plain, square, brick-style terraced houses, also known as "block" style, and long winding low-rise flats, with flat roofs. Most building names, walkways and roads on the estate have names linked to the aviation history of the site.

Not all of the old aerodrome was sold off for development; the Royal Air Force Museum is situated immediately to the south-east of the estate (with free entrance).[http://www.penkat.com/video/362 Video of RAF Museum][http://www.rafmuseum.org.uk RAF Museum web site]

It lies on the eastern side of 'Grahame Park Way', a typical 1970s-planning-style collector road (for traffic) which runs down the eastern side of the estate, parallel to the Midland Main Line (Thameslink) railway, and beyond that, the M1 Motorway.

The estate became the site of St. James Catholic High School in 1996. Grahame Park, located on the site of the old Hendon Aerodrome in North West London, is a north London housing estate in the London Borough of Barnet, including 1,777 homes built in the 1970s.

Geography

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|title = '''Neighbouring areas (approximate locations)'''
|Northwest = Burnt Oak
|North = Mill Hill#Geography
|Northeast = Mill Hill
|West = Burnt Oak
|Centre = Grahame Park
|East = Copthall
|Southwest = Queensbury, London
|South = Colindale
|Southeast = Hendon
}} Grahame Park, located on the site of the old Hendon Aerodrome in North West London, is a north London housing estate in the London Borough of Barnet, including 1,777 homes built in the 1970s.

Transport

London Underground Colindale tube station, on the Northern Line Edgware branch, is within comfortable walking distance of at least the south-east corner of the estate. The next tube station north, Burnt Oak tube station is also accessible. Mill Hill Broadway railway station lies to the north, a bus ride away. Several bus routes run into, or near the estate. Grahame Park, located on the site of the old Hendon Aerodrome in North West London, is a north London housing estate in the London Borough of Barnet, including 1,777 homes built in the 1970s.

Development

In the late 1980s, the estate went through its first regeneration process, which split the blocks of flats into smaller blocks, by removing connecting walkways, and added pitched roofs to many of the buildings.

In 2003, residents voted in favour of a full regeneration of the estate. The Housing Corporation earmarked £15 million for the redevelopment.[http://www.barnet.gov.uk/regeneration-grahame-park London Borough of Barnet Grahame Park Regeneration Homepage]

The redevelopment is managed by Choices For Grahame Park, a subsidiary of [http://www.genesisha.org.uk Genesis Housing Association], with new houses being built by Countryside Properties.

In 2007 a web-site was launched by Countryside Properties, renaming part of the redevelopment as "New Hendon Village".[http://www.newhendonvillage.co.uk/ New Hendon Village Web-Site]

Colindale, including Grahame Park, has been designated by the Mayor of London in his London Plan as a 'proposed area of intensification'. As a result, Barnet Council designated a 'Colindale Area Action Plan' (AAP) and carried out public consultation events.[http://www.barnet.gov.uk/colindale-app-submission-document Colindale Area Action Plan (search on this web site for other web pages as well)] The Council has finalised its preferred plan in mid-2009, and it will be examined at a public hearing by the Planning Inspectorate, for anticipated approval by the Council in 2010.

Transport development

In early 2008, the London Group of the Campaign for Better Transport (UK) published a plan[http://www.bettertransport.org.uk/london_local_group London Campaign for Better Transport] North and West London light railway (NWLLR) / Brent Cross Railway (BCR) plan for an (unfunded) orbital light-rail service, the North and West London Light railway, through or near to Grahame Park. Grahame Park, located on the site of the old Hendon Aerodrome in North West London, is a north London housing estate in the London Borough of Barnet, including 1,777 homes built in the 1970s.

References

Grahame Park, located on the site of the old Hendon Aerodrome in North West London, is a north London housing estate in the London Borough of Barnet, including 1,777 homes built in the 1970s.

External links

Category:Districts of Barnet
Category:Areas of London