Knowles House progress for Wates

Brent Council’s Cabinet are to be asked to approve a £28 million project in Harlesden to create social housing together with a new community centre.

The report to Cabinet lays out plans for Wates Residential to start work on redeveloping Knowles House in Longstone Avenue, with a completion date anticipated during the winter of 2021.

The works would see the demolition of the existing buildings on the site and the construction of 149 new homes alongside a community centre.

Cllr Eleanor Southwood, Lead Member for Housing and Welfare Reform, said: “Our Knowles House redevelopment will help homeless residents move away from bed and breakfast accommodation and into more settled and secure homes.”

The new development will also include homes designed for independent living.

Cllr Harbi Farah, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, said: “This project will see more homes for people with care needs being housed under Brent’s New Accommodation for Independent Living (NAIL) scheme. We aim to support people to live independently for longer and NAIL gives people that freedom and choice.”

This project will attract around £5.7 million in funding from the GLA affordable housing programme. The grant is part of a wider allocation of £65 million awarded to Brent in order to increase the supply of affordable housing in the borough.

Brent Council’s Cabinet is set to consider the Knowles House report for approval on 11 February 2019.

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