Regeneration Highlights 2018
2018 has been another successful year in Regeneration. There have been notable achievements and continuing improvements in service delivery across all teams. Here are just some of the highlights.
- We start on a winning streak. News arrives from the MHCLG that the Housing Infrastructure Fund bids submitted by regeneration for housing infrastructure in Northwick Park and South Kilburn Regeneration has been successful. That’s £20million external funding for Brent.
- Procurement of a design team to masterplan and develop schemes in Wembley Housing starts gets underway.
- We start to discuss potential for regeneration of St Raphael’s at Policy Coordination Group and gain Member support to initiate project planning work.
- Consultation on the shop fronts Supplementary Planning Document (SPD 3) begins.
- Brent announced Borough of Culture 2020 – work starts on identifying opportunities and legacy project to promote regeneration.
- West London Orbital gets commitment in Mayors Transport Strategy.
- Official ceremony held marking the completion of Barham Park Estate Regeneration (340 homes).
- Brent Works achieves challenge to get a client into work within 24 hours of first contact.
- Brent building control continue to work with MHCLG on fire risks and tall building information and actions – huge work load originating from the aftermath of the Grenfell fire.
- The council forms a Limited Liability Partnership to bring forward the comprehensive redevelopment of the Queens Park / Cullen House site, which is a vital part of the South Kilburn Regeneration Programme.
- Official launch of the Low Cost Employment Space within Wembley Park takes place. 26 businesses occupy all the spaces secured by Regeneration.
- Brent receives funding from GLA for the acquisition of Ujima House.
- Speculation looms on the sale of the stadium – background work on partnership and contract implication undertaken.
- Planning launch free SMS text message service alerting agents on the status of their application at key points. We are the 1st planning department in London to provide this service to our customers. Other projects coming soon: QR Codes on site notice.
- The Granville in South Kilburn formally opens following its recent refurbishment, managed by the south Kilburn Team.
- Soft marketing for contractors to undertake Wembley infrastructure works starts.
- The Wembley Housing Zone model is presented to CMT – potential to deliver in excess of 350 homes.
- The next phase of planned regeneration capital projects amounting to circa £170m (pipeline projects) are taken through its paces at the Regeneration Board for agreement at the Capital Investment Panel. Considerable work undertaken by colleagues across regeneration to ensure proposals are robust.
- Melanie Dawes CB, Permanent Secretary MHCLG, visits Brent to learn of the work we are doing to meet housing demand and deal with fire issues.
- Regeneration presents the strategy and spatial planning work he has undertaken for Church End. It’s a comprehensive piece of work that will inform future plans for Church End.
- Planning Policy put the finishing touches to the Park Royal Masterplan, working with the OPDC, Middlesex Hospital and CCG.
- We interview a potential tenant for Wembley Library café and enterprise space. The contract is now signed.
- We secure cabinet approval for funding two way working and bridge road connection.
- Brent regeneration invited to evaluate London wide bids for economic development projects. Brent as part of WLA gets two awards (broadband and skills escalator).
- Planning consent is given for 2900 homes and significant workspace on the Northfields site. The decision is a culmination of 2 years work in market making and a progressive planning approach to bring forward homes on a designated Strategic Industrial Land site within the Alperton Housing Zone.
- The month ends with an Exchange of Contract with the developer on the PEEL project in South Kilburn.
- Article 4 to stop conversion of offices to homes implemented.
- An improved mix of uses and higher density of development is accepted in principal on the Bridge Park site. This will deliver more community and enterprise spaces.
- We are shortlisted by the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) for our Multi-Agency Shisha Project.
- We initiate a design project for Harlesden Area to provide a mini-masterplan for the Harlesden Town Centre.
- Planning Enforcement work closely with Town Centre managers to improve shop fronts in Harlesden and Neasden. Schemes are implemented quickly with no cost to the council and noticeable results on the ground.
- We start working up a proposal for workspace at Design Works Harlesden.
- Planning committee give approval to complete public realm improvements to Olympic Way from the Pedway to Stadium entrance including removing the Pedway.
- The schools capital team deliver all the phase 3 primary schools as planned.
- The Kiln Theatre (previously known as the Tricycle) opens following extensive regeneration with support from regeneration.
- The employment and skills team play a major role in facilitation the major jobs fair in the Wembley stadium.
- Planning Policy briefs PCG on the new National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and associated Planning Practice Guidance (PPG). In particular the key issues in relation to the housing delivery and 5 year housing supply tests, plus associated risks.
- Brent Hosts Capital West London Growth Summit in the Civic Centre Drum with impressive high profile speakers throughout the day.
- Brent wins a handful of awards in employment, planning and enterprise within the West London region.
- Preparations begin for another Spurs planning application.
- Cabinet approves our new Statement of Gambling Principles 2019-2022.
- Brent Design Guide Supplementary Planning Document (SPD1) Adoption get approved at Cabinet.
- Regeneration win team awards at Pride of Brent. The award to the START team is a testament to the improvements made to Brent START and signals a strong path to OUTSTANDING. The Planning Teams award is recognition of the fantastic work in Spatial Planning and Development Management, which is increasingly being acknowledged as best in class internally, amongst peers and investors/developers.
- The draft of the Responsible Growth Strategy document is completed.
- Tim secures another POCA win for Brent (£300K) to add to his £1.5m POCA win the previous month.
- Small Business Saturday supported across Brent with our Town centre Managers leading the initiative. Over 20 businesses and partnerships recognised for good business practice and innovation.
- The South Kilburn Team start Pre-Planning consultation on the Neville Winterleys and Carlton project.
Like the previous year 2018 has seen continued pace on delivery on a wide range of initiatives. With very high housing targets, continuing pressures on public resources and uncertainties around Brexit the challenges for 2019 and beyond will be tougher. I am confident that with the talented and hardworking colleagues working in regeneration and the strong Member support we enjoy, we will meet these challenges and continue to deliver for Brent. Thank you all for your hard work and commitment. I am proud to be working with you all.
Aktar Choudhury, Operational Director Regeneration