Having recently posted LINK a story about the 'monster' that Barnet Council and Barratt Homes have erected on the banks of the Welsh Harp it pains me to see that Brent Council are proposing a 'twin towers' development in the heart of Wembley in which the highest tower is only 3 storeys lower than the West Hendon development.
The developer's, The Hub Group. in their own illustration of the proposed scheme LINK cut off the upper storeys but it is clear that the new buildings will dwarf the Wembley High Road and as I showed with the West Hendon building will dominate the local landscape. I fear it will loom over Park Lane Primary School and King Edward VII Park which are further up Park Lane.
The Officer's Report LINK states that despite the issues around height they support the application in the wider context of regeneration and ongoing changes to the local buildings profile:
The report has a long section on the issue of 'affordable housing' on the site and viability studies. The proposal that emerged is that the North block will have affordable housing consisting of:
33 units at London Housing Allowance levels (LHA)
35 units at 80% of Open Market Rents (OMR)
The other units in the block would be let at open market rents:
35 units at private sector rents - full market rents (PSR)
The 136 units in the South Block will be sold on the open market.
The officers contend that this is better than the initial 43% 'affordable' offer from The Hub Group because that offer was time limited and the eventual agreement is in perpetuity.
Whichever way the 50% affordable target has not been met.
The report notes that no representations have been received from councillors in the affected wards of Preston, Wembley Central and Tokyngton.
|Ground floor plan (added in response to a comment below)