Information for residents
We want to strengthen the St Raphael’s community for people of all backgrounds, improving the area for future generations. Below are the most frequently asked questions by residents and stakeholders.
Which areas will be involved?
Which areas of St Raphael’s are included in the future options will depend partly on the outcome of our engagement work during 2019. That’s why it’s important you get involved and tell us what you think.
Why isn’t there a refurbishment option?
Only redevelopment or infill development can deliver the new homes the borough desperately needs.
As a good landlord we are always looking at providing the refurbishment necessary to council-owned properties. We will continue to carry out our landlord duties and functions now, and following any decision about the future approach.
Whichever approach is ultimately preferred by residents, we will aim to align our investment programme so that we can carry out refurbishment to retained homes, where needed, at the same time as creating new homes. This will include refurbishment inside people’s homes, to the interior and exterior of blocks and landscaping where necessary.
If you want to ask questions about any work already taking place, or to report a problem, email us
What would the new homes be like?
Residents will be involved in the design of new homes in any future option. This will include being part of the selection of the architects’ and shaping the design through workshops. It’s important that you attend these events, to share your thoughts and tell us your feedback.
Will open spaces and community facilities be retained?
We’re committed to having great, safe, usable green spaces for St Raphael's. As part of the future options, some of the existing green and open space could be retained and improved, and some may need to be built on. However, for the redevelopment approach, we will work to ensure that the amount of usable green space for St Raphael’s residents is not reduced.
Our future engagement work will inform these choices. It will give residents the chance to tell us what kind of facilities they want to see on the green space and across the estate as a whole.
How will the council pay for any estate improvements?
How we pay for a future option to improve the estate will depend which approach is chosen by residents.
The redevelopment approach would see us apply for finance from the Greater London Authority, in addition to council funding and borrowing. In addition, some of the new homes would be sold to private buyers. This would help to pay for the increased council housing and new community facilities.
The infill development approach would be funded by Council through rents collected and borrowing. The council may also be able to get some finance from the Greater London Authority. New community facilities would be unaffordable with this approach.
How long will it take?
The process is split into three stages: Prepare, Plan and Deliver - download the project process (.jpg, 141.8kB)
The project timeline explains the process in more details – download the timeline
Have there been residents’ ballots anywhere else in Brent?
There is a residents’ ballot being held in South Kilburn in autumn 2019, on whether to continue with plans to rebuild 1,400 council homes and provide new community facilities.
These pages will be regularly updated. However, if you have a question, please email us