Golf Links Estate

Current status and next steps

Making the Golf Links estate a better place to live

Regeneration of the Golf Links estate has been carried out in piecemeal fashion over the past few years and has been led, in the main, by safety concerns in particular blocks arising from structural issues. This has resulted in their demolition and the construction of new council homes for social rent and shared ownership. Some 125 homes have been built to date in a mixture of 1, 2 and 3 bed flats and 3, 4 and 5 bed houses along with a new community centre and nursery. 

In November 2017, the council confirmed the next phase (Phase 3) of the estate redevelopment scheme on the Golf Links Estate is the demolition of two blocks Alnmouth and Portrush Courts and replacing them with 147 genuinely affordable homes. This represents a significant opportunity to continue the ongoing improvement of the estate by replacing these existing blocks with a high quality, modern and sustainable development that better connects to the wider estate while continuing to provide 100% affordable housing. 

In February 2018, the London Mayor through the Greater London Authority (GLA) published a ‘Good Practice Guide to Estate Regeneration’, which includes guidance on GLA funded schemes requiring a ballot of estate residents. This approach is fully endorsed by the council who will, through a ballot, ask residents whether they support estate regeneration projects for their area.  

The redevelopment of Alnmouth and Portrush has already attracted a grant allocation and its future redevelopment is tied into the resident ballot.  

In October 2018, the council agreed to commission a masterplan for Golf Links Estate.   

A masterplan would embrace the vision of the residents and the council and help structure any further redevelopment  A rebuilt estate would have the advantages of producing homes built to modern standards, which better meet the needs of our tenants and are much more energy efficient and easier to maintain.  

Each phase of redevelopment will be informed by the housing needs of the residents living in that phase of work, which will ensure that we produce the homes that fit the needs of our residents.  

To help us move this forward we are working with residents to help shape the future development of the estate. Find out what is going on or take part and share your views

In the meantime, council officers will also consider appropriate solutions to the current maintenance issues affecting the estate, especially those related to drainage, condensation and mould growth. These issues will need to be assessed and addressed while the feasibility study looks at options for wider estate redevelopment.