Up to 1,300 homes could be built close to Neasden tube station in west London, under plans approved by Brent council last week.

Church End Growth Area (c) Brent Council

The homes would be part of a wider area masterplan and aren’t in planning yet, but form part of an aspiration to see homes built on a number of plots of land, which are predominantly industrial land at the moment.

What the masterplan does though is outline areas where they will be more likely to approve planning requests for housing to be built, along with the wider area improvements needed to support the influx of residents.

Key elements of the plan include a new town centre market square, at least 1,300 new homes and a new secondary school. There will also be improved streets, crossings and cycle routes throughout the area and to Dollis Hill and Neasden tube stations.

The masterplan includes space for the proposed West London Orbital station, if that railway line is upgraded to passenger use, and that would put the new station about a five minute walk from Neasden station on the Jubilee line.

It’s a 20-year plan, so don’t expect things to change in a hurry, and doubtless, if the West London Orbital railway gets the go-ahead, they’ll be eying housing developer contributions to help pay for it.

The Church End SPD documents are here.

There’s also an existing plan for 2,000 homes to be built next to Neasden station on a triangle of land between the railways and a nearby college site.

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4 comments
  1. Dan S says:

    Good to see development in this area. But.. hopefully someone will reassure me, but I do worry about every scrap of industrial land in outer London slowly being turned into housing. Surely a city cant just be housing? Where will people start small manufacturing businesses, or a business needing warehouse space? Where will mechanics set up shop? Where can artists set up a studio?

    In my local area, every office block has been converted into flats (often really badly converted, they look miserable 1-2 years after conversion). Also a small light industrial area has just been flattened for.. more flats. A local retail park is also being converted into… flats! Where will people start businesses and where will people go when they want to get out of their tiny, badly converted flat?

    Hopefully there is a London wide industrial strategy that I am not aware off.

    • Maggie V says:

      Most of the new flats around me have, at least, retail space on the ground floor. And a couple of ‘studio’ space, which could house small manufacturing and warehousing businesses.

    • Jen says:

      My son’s the same as Maggie V but south of the river: in a new-build high-rise, one of several, but they all have retail space at street level, including a supermarket and a nursery; plus the high street is 5-10 minutes’ walk. This makes sense: who’d actually want to live on the ground floor of a high rise right on the street?

  2. Big Bizenny says:

    There is no other plan. There will be more flats and more flats. What you gonna do about it?

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