Brent applies for permission for next phase of Kilburn regeneration

Out-Law News | 02 Apr 2012 | 5:15 pm | 1 min. read

The London Borough of Brent has submitted a planning application to demolish two residential tower blocks and build two new towers "less than half the height of the original building".

The application forms the second phase of the Council's South Kilburn regeneration scheme, which aims to build up to 2,400 replacement affordable and private homes.

Brent Council's planning application seeks consent to demolish two 18-storey blocks and build two replacement blocks that would be six and seven storeys high, less than half the height of the original buildings.

The replacement buildings would provide 229 new flats and maisonettes, offering a mix of affordable and private homes.

In total, 103 of the new homes would be allocated to South Kilburn tenants, the Council said. Development plans also include a grand courtyard for residents and a new public square on Kilburn Park Road.

Brent Council has worked alongside local tenants on the proposals and has engaged with the local community, the Council said.

"They have been living on the estate while many of their neighbours have been moved into their new homes as part of earlier phases of regeneration," said Andy Donald, director of regeneration and major projects at the Council. "Brent is really pleased that we have been able to continue addressing the need for housing despite the financial climate."

The South Kilburn Masterplan was revised by the Council in 2009 as a result of the economic climate. The Council focused on enabling the regeneration to continue on a phase by phase basis.

Revisions to the plan included a reduction in the number of homes from 2,953 to 2,400; the consolidation of two junior schools; a lowering of building heights, and reduced housing density.

The decision on the planning application is expected to be made in May 2012 and if it gets the go ahead demolition will happen towards the end of 2013.