The long-awaited transformation of Church End in Brent is set to commence following the approval of a crucial planning document by Brent’s Cabinet this week.
The Church End Masterplan Supplementary Planning Document (SPD), developed in collaboration with the local community, outlines the vision for the area’s development over the next two decades.
Church End, identified as a priority growth area within the borough, will undergo a comprehensive redevelopment guided by the Masterplan. The plan aims to establish a thriving and resilient neighbourhood that cherishes and respects its existing communities while meeting their evolving needs. It will also serve as a tool to evaluate future planning applications, ensuring that new developments are well-designed and equipped with appropriate infrastructure for the local population.
Notable features of the Masterplan include the creation of a new town centre market square, the construction of at least 1,300 new homes, and the establishment of a new secondary school. Furthermore, the plan encompasses an extensive enhancement of streets, crossings, and cycle routes across the area, including connections to Dollis Hill and Neasden Underground stations.
Councillor Shama Tatler, Cabinet Member for Planning, Regeneration and Growth at Brent Council, expressed enthusiasm for the upcoming changes in Church End. In a statement, Councillor Tatler acknowledged the significance of the SPD’s approval, remarking, “We are entering a very exciting chapter for Church End that will bring with it lots of positive changes for the local community.”
Councillor Tatler extended gratitude to the residents and businesses that contributed to shaping the crucial document. Their valuable insights, including feedback from young people to ensure the regeneration aligns with their needs, have been incorporated into the plan. This includes improved accessibility to existing spaces and the introduction of new youth facilities.
The excitement surrounding the Masterplan extends beyond its approval, Councillor Tatler teased the upcoming project, stating, “We are also working closely with the Church End community on an exciting film that explores the Masterplan in more detail – watch this space!”
Councillor Tatler concluded with optimism, stating, “The future is bright for Church End, and I can’t wait to see the area come alive with new opportunities for local people.” The approved Masterplan is expected to kick-start the transformation of Church End, ushering in an era of growth and prosperity for the community.