Top things planned for the future of Brent that you need to know about

Map of the seven places of the brent local plan

Brent Council have launched a consultation into the future local plan for the London borough of Brent. The local plan sets out ‘a long term vision for the borough, improving places that could be better, delivering good growth whilst retaining those bits that are special.’

If you have a job, a family or any other dependencies, it’s highly likely that you didn’t have the time needed to read the 346 page document and give feedback before the deadline which was the 3rd of January. If you do have 5 mins to spare, keep reading as I’ve summarised the local plan below.

Brent has been reclassified into the following 7 places

In recognition of the fact that the borough is not homogenous, but is made up of a series of smaller places,
the Plan splits the borough up and focuses on 7 ‘Places’

Brent Council – Local Plan
Author’s interpretation of the 7 ‘Places’ of Brent
  1. Central ‘place’ – Stadium, Students and young people.
  2. East ‘place’ – Eastern European quarter.
  3. North ‘place’ – Families quarter.
  4. North West ‘place’ – Over 60’s club / Conservative.
  5. South ‘place’ – Black people.
  6. South East ‘place’ – White people.
  7. South West ‘place – South-Asian people.

Here are the top things you should know about that’s planned for each ‘place’.

1.Central ‘place’ – Stadium, Students and young people

Covers Barnhill, Chalkhill and Wembley Park.

  • Fountain Studios – Will become a 25 storey residential block along with other mixed use.
  • Wembley Park tube station – 10 storey flats to be built on top of the station. 
  • Brook Avenue – More residential planned ‘Wembley Station car park is redeveloped to provide a significant number of new homes’ and ‘the residential units to the south of the road could be replaced with taller buildings to make better use of the land’.
  • Premier in – To be converted from hotel to residential opposite Wembley Park tube.
  • Brook Ave – More residential planned but existing residents on the road will put up a fight.
  • ASDA Wembley – Keep ASDA store but replace Kwik Fit and the legendary Torch pub with flats ‘provide a significant number of dwellings whilst retaining the store to provide a significant amount of housing’.

2. East ‘place’ – Eastern European quarter

Covers Dollis Hill, Neasden and Welsh Harp.

3. North ‘place’ – Families quarter 

Covers Burnt Oak, Colindale, Kingsbury and Queensbury.

  • Queensbury Morrisons – To become a mixed used development to include residential and retail floorspace.

4. North West ‘place’ – Over 60’s club / conservative

Covers Kenton, Northwick Park and Preston 

Nothing much planned.

5. South ‘place’ – Black people

Covers Brentfield, Church End, Harlesden, St Raphael’s, Stonebridge and Tokyngton.

  • Bridge Park and Unisys Building – Redeveloped into a New leisure centre, hotel, office, residential.
  • Neasden temple – Redevelopment surrounding sites and enhance the wayfinding to the temple.
  • Wembley Point – To be turned into Residential and affordable workspace.
  • Willesden Bus Depot – To build flats on top of bus depot.

6. South East ‘place’ – White people

Covers Brondesbury, Brondesbury Park, Cricklewood, Dudden Hill, Kensal Rise, Kensal Green, Kilburn, Mapesbury, Queens Park, South Kilburn and Willesden Green.

Support and enhance clusters of creative industries in Queen’s Park, Willesden Green and Kilburn to establish creative quarters and help meet demand for incubators, accelerators and co-working space. Consider the potential for these clusters to be future creative enterprise zones.

Brent Council – Local Plan
  • South Kilburn will continue to be socially cleansed and regenerated.
  • Gaumont State Cinema – To change use and become leisure and community. 
  • Kilburn Square – To be mixed-use developed including residential, retail including a new market and public square.
  • Willesden Green Sainsbury’s – To become mxed-use including housing, retail and employment uses.

7. South West ‘place’ – South Asian people

Covers Alperton, Ealing road, Sudbury and Wembley Central.

  • Wembley high road – Become a flexible mixed-use residential led development smaller reduced town centre.
  • Sainsbury’s Alperton – Replacement/ maintain existing superstore with residential on remainder of site.
  • Atlip Centre – To become mixed-use residential-led scheme.
  • Church of God Prophecy – To become mixed-use residential-led scheme.
  • Copland school – Become flats / residential-led mixed use.

Additional highlights from the local plan report

Obesity in Brent
Brent is still losing its shoppers to Brent Cross and Westfield
Can the lack of opens space in Harlesden and Stonebridge be attributed to the high rates of mental health issues there?
DYK Brent has more rail and tube links than any other London borough?
The council is showing strong support for the West London Orbital
The council supports the sale of Wembley Stadium

If you didn’t have time to comment on the Brent local plan, it’s not too late to have your say, share your thoughts in the comments below.

David Goodwin has been blogging since 2010 and is the author of Wembley Blog, Harlesden Blog & Kilburn Blog. Goodwin hosts the podcast, Pod on the Block. He is the founder and company director of user experience consultancy Uxfam Ltd.

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  • With all this development in Brent with new housing , there is no mention of more schools or doctors Surgurys.This development is going to put a lot of pressure on schools with no spaces available. The doctors Surgurys are going to be over subscribed which will lead to no available appointments to see doctors.
    There will be more people moving into Brent yet no thought has been taken into the impact on schools and doctor Surgurys.

    • Yes, the Local Plan report didn’t offer much in the way of improving local surgeries. Brent only has Northwick Park and Central Middlesex Hospitals. Brent’s hospitals suffer from severe capacity issues and the local plan hopes to fix this by having ‘primary and community care settings taking on more services’ usually offered by the hospital. This means local GP practices will be oversubscribed more than ever before.

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