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Proposed 1,000 flat tower blocks may obscure Harrow on the Hill view

A skyline in North London could be changed forever if plans to build seven new tower blocks for more than 1,000 flats goes ahead. The buildings will range from five up to a colossal 51 storeys, which would make it the tallest tower in Brent.

Property developers Hollybrook have submitted plans to Brent Council to redevelop the site, which is called Neasden Goods Yard and is situated next to Neasden Underground Station. The developers claim it is creating a ‘vibrant, sustainable residential neighbourhood’ and ‘major transport hub’ that will provide links to the city.

If approved, the development will provide 1,151 homes – including a range of one to three-bedroom build to rent, private sale and affordable units – and 604 student accommodations, as well as retail space and a community centre.

Of the seven towers, two are described as “mid-range buildings” of five and 16 storey in height. The remaining five tall towers would be 34, 40, 42, 43 and 51-storey’s – the latter of which would become the tallest tower block in the borough.

Documents also reveal plans for improvements to be made to the “accessibility and capacity” of Neasden Station, which sits on the Jubilee Line, and a link to the proposed West London Orbital Rail Station – a new service that would connect west and north-west London. A footpath connecting the two stations is suggested as part of the scheme.

There is also the potential to build a footbridge connecting the site to Wembley, linking up as part of a cycle route that developers hope will “encourage greater connection between the two areas”.

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Neasden Development. The scheme includes 1,151 flats, 604 student accommodation units and retail space. Image Credit: Allies and Morrison Architects. Permission to use with all LDRS partners

Currently, the Neasden Goods Yard site is an underdeveloped area used for industrial purposes, which sits inside the neighbourhood growth area. If it is given the green light, the scheme would start in early 2026 and is expected to be completed by the end of 2032.

The initial responses from residents against the application on the council’s planning portal have raised concerns regarding the potential impact on light to existing homes, as well as the effect on local amenities and the enormous change it would make to the skyline.

One resident complained the development would create “an overbearing shadow on the Neasden area” that will block out light to a number of homes. They added: “The relatively colossal influx of new people in the proposed flats would mean a much greater strain upon health, educational, transport, police and fire services”.

Another suggested the buildings would “detract from Wembley Stadium”, which they called an “important landmark”. They added: “The tower blocks obscure the view from Harrow on the Hill of the London city skyline which is a regionally important viewpoint. Also they would block the view of Harrow on the Hill from the other side of the tower blocks.”

The project will be reviewed by Brent Council’s planning team before a decision on whether to approve the application is made in due course.