Agudas home help in Barnet

New subsidised housing for north-west London’s Orthodox community could be available within two years.

The Agudas Israel Housing Association, which administers assisted housing schemes in Hackney and Haringey, wants to develop 13 units, including maisonettes and flats, in Barnet.

They are part of a planning application from Metro Construction, which is also seeking Barnet Council approval to develop the former Carmelite monastery in Bridge Lane, Golders Green, into 29 apartments and five detached houses.

Members of the project team were on hand at a public display of the plans on Sunday.

AIHA chief executive Ita Symons said the association was “working very hard to build the housing to service the increased Orthodox community in north-west London.

“Some of the property will be under shared ownership, where the buyer will have some equity. Some will be under subsidised rent.”

The association will finance the development through central government grants, with the shortfall made up through rent.

Last updated: 4:53pm, July 21 2009