Meanwhile Pilot Scheme

A Meanwhile Pilot Scheme starting 2021 plans to reactivate vacant high street properties in Brent, working with landlords to make them available to local businesses or groups looking for workspace or who want to trial new commercial uses.

Shopfront, Queens Parade, Willesden Green

Brent’s Town Centres are the lifeblood of our local economy and also serve as hubs for our diverse communities. Town Centres are though facing many challenges:

  • out of town shopping
  • more people shopping online
  • COVID-19 pandemic

Vacancies are on the rise, which can make the high street unattractive and discourage visitors. New and diverse uses will be the key to ensuring our Town Centres are fit for purpose and continue to fulfil their invaluable role now and in years to come.

To tackle these challenges, we have launched a new scheme in collaboration with leading Meanwhile Use provider Meanwhile Space CIC.

Landlords of vacant properties in the borough are invited to contact us about refurbishment and reactivation of their vacant premises, by offering selected units for new workspace uses to local businesses and community groups rent free for a minimum 12 month period. 

Our target areas for the pilot scheme are Church End, Neasden and Willesden Green, which are priority Town Centres with high levels of vacancies.

More information

The initial application period for landlord applications has now closed but we will still review applications from landlords that have vacant properties and want to take part in the scheme.

More information and how to apply.

If you are a local business or group (end user), find information on how to apply for rent free use of a high street premises

For further information, email:




4 March 2021

Landlord applications open

9 May 2021

Landlord applications deadline

June 2021

Participating properties confirmed

Summer 2021

End user applications open

June to August 2021

Refurbishment of selected sites

August 2021

End user selection and leases signed

August 2021

Sites open

August 2022              

Pilot scheme ends and sites returned to the landlords