Plans to demolish a 1960s housing estate and build more than 600 ‘affordable’ homes have been submitted to Barnet Council.

The Dollis Valley estate in High Barnet will be flattened as part of the regeneration, which was commissioned by the local authority, and building work could begin by the autumn.

Developer Countryside Properties and housing association L&Q are looking to build 616 new homes on the site of the run-down estate.

A public consultation is about to begin on the first phase of the project, which includes the construction of 21 four-bedroom, 46 three-bedroom, 29 two-bedroom and 12 one-bedroom homes.

A community centre and pre-school nursery, as well as some green spaces have been included in the plans, which have been drafted for several months.

Neighbours of the estate have already complained that the building work will dwarf their own properties, while existing tenants have raised concerns about the amount of green space being lost.

The application is expected to come before Barnet Council’s planning committee this summer once a five-week public consultation into the plans is collated.

Barnet Council leader Richard Cornelius said in a statement: “It has taken us a lot of time and effort to get to this stage and I’m very pleased the proposals being put before our planning committee offer a wide range of homes with their accompanying educational and community facilities suitable for generations to come.”