Brent Council has begun consultation on its masterplan for Alperton, which seeks to produce a new neighbourhood containing 1600 homes.
Consultation opened on January 5 on the Alperton Masterplan, which sets out how the council hopes to develop a strip of “poor quality” brownfield land next to the Grand Union Canal into a new, mostly residential neighbourhood of 1,600 new homes, together with improved shopping and cultural facilities and business space.
The council believes that the area running alongside the canal – from Middlesex House in the west, to the Northfield Industrial Estate in the east – provides a chance to radically renew and improve existing business and employment opportunities, as well as provide the new homes.
Lead Member for Regeneration, Councillor George Crane, said: “The council want to see Alperton transformed into a place where people choose to live, work and invest. We believe it gives us a unique opportunity to develop a quality environment which will draw upon the huge potential of the canal and nearby Ealing Road. We will be consulting very closely with people who live and work in the area as it is crucial that they have their say about this exciting regeneration project.”
The plan is based on the ‘Vision for Alperton’, a document that was drawn up by the council, following meetings with residents, businesses and landowners earlier this year. In it, the area is split into three distinct neighbourhoods: a cultural centre of community facilities, local shopping and modern business space; a waterside residential area, predominantly a place to live for families, defined by a network of connected streets and public spaces; and an industrial zone comprising business space and a road bridge link across the River Brent connecting the estate with the North Circular Road and onwards to Park Royal.