Full speed ahead for South Kilburn regeneration, one year on from resident ballot
7 August 2020
One year on from one of London’s biggest ever resident ballots in South Kilburn, the first set of households are now set to move into high quality new homes.
In October 2020, 83 council tenants and households in temporary accommodation will move in to new homes at Unity Place, the former site of Gloucester House and Durham Court, with 152 more joining them in 2021.
Construction work is also ploughing ahead at two other sites in South Kilburn, following a pause due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Work at Peel Precinct, which initially began in September 2019, restarted in June 2020 with the first new affordable homes expected to be complete by Autumn 2021. The site is creating much needed new public space, shops, a Health Centre and a market square.
Redevelopment of the land north of Chippenham Gardens has also taken major steps forward, with the construction of new buildings set to begin this autumn. The site will create 22 new social homes for existing South Kilburn tenants, 30 private homes for sale and a new public square.
Planning approval has also been granted for the redevelopment of the Carlton & Granville centres, ensuring the long-term future of a valuable community hub. Meanwhile, other schemes are also progressing through the design stages, including the Hereford House and Exeter Court site.
The South Kilburn team is also working to bring a number of other sites forward and begin the design stages, with more information on resident involvement to be published soon. Conversations with residents continued through the pandemic, with over 100 residents signing up to attend a successful virtual Tenant Steering Group meeting held on Zoom in July.
Councillor Shama Tatler, Brent Council’s Lead Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Property and Planning said: “More new affordable council and social homes are being built in Brent than anywhere else in London. Community remains at the heart of all proposals brought forward, which is why I think South Kilburn residents so overwhelmingly backed the plans to continue its award-winning regeneration. Despite the constraints on face to face conversations due to the pandemic, we’re committed to resident-led improvements and have been determined to continue listening to the community. I look forward to personally welcoming tenants in to their new homes in October.”
The council held a resident ballot in South Kilburn in autumn 2019 as part of a new initiative from the Mayor of London, giving local people the final say on the future of their neighbourhoods. 84% of residents voted yes in the ballot, with 72% of eligible residents turning out to vote.
The South Kilburn programme is an award-winning 15-year programme to create 2,400 new high quality homes, around 1,400 of which are being made available to existing South Kilburn secure council tenants and households in temporary accommodation.