New Social Housing and Community Facilities Approved

28 January 2020

Three major investment projects have been given the green light after the Council's Planning Committee agreed plans to build dozens of new affordable and social homes and vital community facilities across the borough.

The groundwork will now begin to transform the Granville Centre, in Kilburn, and the Dudden Hill Lane site, in Willesden Green, to create 47 much-needed council homes, community rooms, offices and workshops.

Approval was also given for new development for the replacement Preston Community Library, which also includes plans for 12 new council homes.

In total the three applications represent 59 new homes as part of wider plans for the Council to build 1,000 new social housing units over the next two years.

All three proposals underwent extensive consultation with the local communities.

Councillor Shama Tatler, Brent Council's Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Property and Planning, said: "We need more council homes in Brent and that is exactly what we are proud to be delivering.

"We need good quality homes with community facilities that enhance the area and create a solid community spirit where the environment is cared for.

"We have worked closely with residents to help design these schemes. Regeneration in Brent is not just about building houses, it's also about delivering community facilities and working with residents to shape their areas."


The applications:

Granville Centre, 80 Granville Road, Kilburn

The planning committee agreed plans for partial demolition of the existing building, refurbishment of the Granville and Carlton Centres and new build. The plans include 3 new buildings, ranging from one to eight storeys with 18 council homes. There will also be offices, workshops and work spaces on the lower floors, as well as community spaces, a play area for the children's centre, nursery and school, and cycle parking bays for all the users and visitors.

19 Dudden Hill Lane, Willesden Green

Plans were approved to demolish the existing two-storey building and in its place build a modern part 4-storey and part 5-storey replacement. There will be 29 affordable homes together with a replacement community centre. There will also be 48 cycle parking spaces.

 Preston Community Library, Carlton Avenue East, Preston

The award-winning library would be redeveloped to provide a new two to four storey building. There would be 12 much-needed affordable homes in addition to the replacement library. There would be parking, cycle spaces and new landscaping. The library, which is run by a team of dedicated volunteers, was 'highly commended' in The Bookseller's prized Library of the Year Award last year. The fit-out of the library would be funded through a £268,000 grant from Brent Council's Neighbourhood Community Infrastructure Levy (NCIL) which is a charge developers pay to contribute towards infrastructure in the local area. The community library would move to Ashley Gardens for a short period in preparation for the proposed re-development.