About Douglas Bader Park

About Douglas Bader Park

Houses and flats at Douglas Bader Park are ‘Wimpey No-Fines’ constructions built by Pellings Property in the 1970s. Wimpey No-Fines are renowned as mass-produced housing for families in the post-World War II house-building programme. Most banks make restrictions on mortgages against No-Fines constructions, making it difficult for Home Group to support customers owning their own homes should they wish to.

A severely outdated design, the Wimpey No-Fines properties have resulted in a low quality building appearance, particularly within the flats, and poor stock condition. The quality of flats and homes on the estate has decreased significantly in recent years and the estate currently requires major investment to tackle its poor thermal performance. As a result, regeneration is a way to dramatically reduce fuel poverty while also improving health and wellbeing.

In addition to material design, the Wimpey No-Fines layout has resulted in poor quality streets and roads within the estate, with customers concerned about the lack of pavement to walk on. The back gardens also access on to the streets or form alleyways between properties, resulting in fly-tipping and anti-social behaviour.

The estate is close to underground, rail links and suitable for high density new homes as set out in the Colindale AAP. The regeneration of Douglas Bader Park will provide an opportunity to create a more mixed and balanced community, in addition to addressing broader housing needs within Barnet. As the density of existing development on the estate is very low, there is an opportunity to deliver more housing suitable to the needs of our customers and the wider community within Barnet.

Additionally, there is evidence of decline in demand for homes on Douglas Bader Park, coupled with large scale regeneration of the surrounding area and associated properties which have become both physically and economically obsolescent. The Community Safety Partnership also reports intensive management required to maintain sustainability with decreasing demand.