More than 1,000 new homes got the green light from the council to begin construction.

A planning application submitted by Genesis Housing Association in April was approved by Barnet Council's planning committee to demolish 630 homes on the Grahame Park estate and replace them with 1,083 new homes, two retail units, an energy centre and community hub which will include a daycare nursery, a community hall, a GP surgery and community health facilities.

Cllr Dan Thomas, chairman of the assets, regeneration and growth committee, said: "We’re delighted that yet another crucial milestone in the redevelopment of Grahame Park has been reached.

"We’ve already seen the massive difference that has been made to the Colindale area as a result of the early regeneration works that have taken place.

"This latest phase will only improve Colindale further, creating a far more pleasant environment for existing residents, as well as making it a highly sought after location for people to live in.

"It’s really exciting that Grahame Park will also gain from new community facilities and improved transport links."

The application will now be referred to the Mayor of London to decide upon early next year.