TfL and Barratt get Wembley approval

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, 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. The affordable homes will be offered as a combination of intermediate housing, such as shared ownership, and London Affordable Rent. The scheme is car-free.

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.

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.

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.

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 new homes in the capital.”

Jim Wood, London Operations Managing Director at Barratt London, said: “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.

“We are looking forward to starting work onsite for the project in 2021.”

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