TfL and Barratt’s Wembley Park scheme approved

Transport for London (TfL) and Barratt Homes have been given the green light for a 454-home development near Wembley Park.


The minister of state for rough sleeping and housing Eddie Hughes MP made the decision to green light the project on behalf of community secretary Michael Gove.


Planning permission for the scheme was initially granted by the London Borough of Brent in November 2020. However, the scheme was called in by former community secretary Robert Jenrick in May last year.


Up to five new residential buildings will include replacement train crew accommodation, retail space, parking facilities and other communal areas. Up to 152 of the new homes will be classed as affordable housing.


The project faced a delay after concerns were raised that the scheme could impact heritage and listed buildings in the neighbourhood, especially the Barn Hill Conservation Area and the Lawn Court Conservation Area. Other listed spaces included Wembley Arena.


The minister accepted a report from the Planning Inspector, submitted in November, that the benefits of the scheme were enough to outbalance “the less than substantial harm” to the conservation areas.


Some of the benefits identified were the regeneration of brownfield land, increased affordable housing, delivery of a car-free development, and economic as well as environmental improvements to the local area.


The project spans 0.7 hectares, with Wembley Park Station and Olympic Square to the east, and railway lines that serve Wembley Park Station and the Chiltern Railway to its north. The project has an estimated value of £123.2m.


Earlier this month, Enfield Council approved a TfL build-to-rent scheme, next to Cockfosters station, which will deliver 351 homes.


Earlier this week, John Sisk & Son were said to be in talks about being appointed to a £220m scheme in Wembley Park.