We want St Raphael’s Estate to be a great place to live for everyone. We also want to create more good quality, affordable homes for local people. We have worked with local residents, community stakeholders and industry experts to work out the best way to do this. This is called masterplanning because we developed a high level (master) plan for St. Raphael’s. The infill masterplan, which has been co-designed with the local community, is set to be delivered for St. Raphael’s Estate.
Our priorities are to:
- Create more good quality, affordable homes to reduce homelessness and shorten the waiting list for council housing
- Make sure every family has a good home that is the right size for them
- Provide good quality parks and open spaces
- Make the neighbourhood safer
- Reduce environmental issues.
The areas of St Raph’s to be included in the masterplan
In December 2019 Brent Council's Cabinet approved that only the area known locally as ‘St Raphael’s Estate’ would be included within any future masterplan. The area known locally as the ‘Old Estate’ would be removed from the masterplanning exercise. The decision followed extensive consultation with residents and a detailed study of the design and financial considerations around the proposals.
The areas to be included within the masterplan includes the following roads:
- Bentham Walk
- Besant Way
- Hardie Close
- Henderson Close
- Lansbury Close
- Lilburne Walk
- Lovett Way
- Owen Way
- Pitfield Way (1-65 odd numbers only, and 66–120)
- Overton Close
- Rainborough Close
- Tillett Close
No homes in these areas will be demolished but residents will benefit from the Infill Plus improvements on things like green spaces, play spaces, streets and safety, transport and connections, and community facilities.
Listening to you
Since December 2018, we have held public meetings, drop in sessions, workshops and a community day. We have also been door knocking on the estate, speaking to as many people as possible.
After every community event, workshop and exhibition the design team will collect and analyse the feedback to consider how they can incorporate your thoughts into the development of design proposals. In fact, the conversations we had with you in the first few months of the project established a set of Design Priorities which were then double (and triple) checked through the masterplan workshops and exhibitions.
The Design Priorities set out what St Raph’s residents want to achieve as a priority in any development:
- modern, high-quality homes, including both flats and houses and with private outdoor space for everyone
- a multi-functional community hub with flexible use for people of all ages, and spaces for local businesses
- improvements to parking and streets
- better safety and security
- enhanced green, play and public spaces
- well-designed spaces for waste and recycling.