Green light for TfL and Barratt London’s proposals to deliver new homes in Wembley
TfL and Barratt London - working together as a joint venture - have been given the green light by Brent Council to bring forward their new development by Wembley Park London Underground station.
The proposals will deliver 454 new homes, including 40% affordable housing, a retail unit, improvements to the public realm, which will help to transform the local area, and new operational space for TfL.
The scheme, which covers a 1.6-acre site, has been designed by TateHindle architects and will be delivered across five buildings. The new homes will be a mixture of studio, one, two and three-bedroom properties, suited to all types of households, including first time buyers, families and downsizers.
The affordable homes will be offered as a combination of intermediate housing, such as shared ownership, and London Affordable Rent.
The development also has a focus on sustainability - environmental, economic and social benefits - incorporated throughout. For example, with the exception of blue badge parking, the scheme will be car-free for residents, helping to improve air quality in the capital in line with the Mayor's Transport Strategy.
The location of the development, next to Wembley Park station, enables new residents to easily use sustainable modes of transport, as it is serviced by both the Jubilee and Metropolitan lines as well as a number of bus routes. The provision of cycle parking within the development will also encourage residents to saddle up when making journeys.
Enhance local environment
With green and biodiverse roofs, the planting of new trees and hedges, as well as wildlife-friendly landscaping such as bird boxes and bee bricks included as part of the scheme, the designs aim to positively enhance the local environment.
The development will also use renewable forms of energy through solar panels and air source heat pumps. The homes have been designed to encourage natural light within them and reduce energy usage; 70% of the homes are dual aspect and the remainder have been designed to ensure that they are not north facing.
It is vital that the development provides benefits for the neighbouring community as well as the new residents.
Not only will the development provide a new retail opportunity next to Wembley Park station, it will also make the public realm more appealing through additional planting, widening the pavement alongside the development - making it easier to walk - and providing play space for children in the community.
Hundreds of new homes
Emma Hatch, Senior Property Development Manager at TfL, said: 'We are thrilled to get the go-ahead for our development at Wembley, which will deliver hundreds of new homes as well as a new retail opportunity and improvements for the local community.
'This is the second project with Barratt London and builds on our track record for delivering much-needed new homes in the capital. Our first homes at Blackhorse View in Waltham Forest started selling earlier this year, showing our developments have been designed thoughtfully with both the community and residents in mind.'
Jim Wood, London Operations Managing Director at Barratt London, said: 'We are delighted with the London Borough of Brent's decision to provide resolution to grant planning permission for Wembley Park.
'This is an exciting project for us and we are particularly pleased to be able to deliver such a high percentage of much needed affordable homes for the borough, alongside retail and train crew accommodation.
'It is a great privilege to be delivering this development in partnership with Transport for London, and we are looking forward to starting work onsite for the project in 2021.'
Notes to editors
- The level of affordable housing is calculated by habitable room
- The site incorporates a car park that consists of 80 publicly accessible car parking spaces, including two motorcycle spaces, as well as twelve spaces for blue badge holders. All 12 blue badge parking spaces will be re-provided as part of the proposals
- The proposals also continue to provide workspace for TfL frontline staff, which is required to keep the transport network moving
- These proposals form part of TfL's housing programme, which will provide 10,000 homes across the capital as well as a commitment to deliver 50% affordable housing on average across all sites brought to the market since May 2016. Work has already started on almost 1,500 homes in the capital, as the programme continues to build momentum
- TfL appointed Barratt London through its Property Partnership Framework. TfL launched the Property Partnership Framework in 2016. This provides a ready pool of partners eligible to bid to work with TfL in joint ventures as sites become available. You can find out more by visiting: https://tfl.gov.uk/info-for/business-and-commercial/property-development
- Barratt London is the market-leading residential developer in the capital. They design, build and sell large, complex residential-led developments tailored to the needs of their customers and stakeholders, as well as local boroughs and communities. They are committed to delivering an exceptional quality development that creates real benefits for the local community. Barratt London is part of Barratt Developments PLC, the UK's largest housebuilder. For more information, visit www.barratthomes.co.uk/london