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20/05/2020

Mixed-use Westminster development gets the green light

Words: Laura Edgar
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Westminster City Council’s planning committee has approved a mixed-use development, including affordable housing, on Harrow Road.

The permission is subject to s.106 agreements and approval from the Greater London Authority (GLA). 

Plans include 112 two and three- bedroom homes, of which 50 per cent will be affordable for either social or intermediate rent; 1,400 square metres of community facilities, such as a nursery and flexible work space; and improvements to green space.

300 Harrow Road will be the first to be delivered by Westminster Builds, the council’s wholly owned company set up to deliver its regeneration and development programme. The affordable homes will be part-funded by the sale of the private homes.

The development was designed by Child Graddon Lewis and will be delivered by Willmott Dixon Construction. The designs show that the development will feature solar panels, rainwater collections and living roofs, while each home will have an air source heat pump.

Melvyn Caplan, cabinet member for finance, property and regeneration and deputy leader of Westminster City Council, said: “The planning approval for 300 Harrow Road is another important step towards us delivering 1,850 new affordable homes as part of our plan to make Westminster a City for All, where people from all economic backgrounds can live, work and thrive in our city.  

“Set against the backdrop of place-shaping work in the wider Harrow Road neighbourhood, 300 Harrow Road is an investment in our community. By delivering this new development, we are connecting our residents with the vibrancy and opportunity Westminster has to offer.”

James Felsted, director at Child Graddon Lewis, added: “The project supports a thriving and active neighbourhood by carefully balancing the provision of community facilities, promoting economic growth, and providing new homes for all. It shows how good-quality design can help unlock latent opportunity on existing brownfield land despite complex constraints. 

“The extensive improvements to the wider landscape and public realm capitalise on the canal and provide benefit for the wider community, demonstrating the possibilities of civic-led development. By grasping opportunities beyond the site boundary, new development can positively impact whole neighbourhoods and beyond.”

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