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Plans for new £11m public ‘courtyard garden and community centre’ in Wembley

Plans for an £11 million courtyard garden and community centre is set to be approved by the council. The works in the heart of a key housing development area would see a new public plaza, gardens, and a children’s play area. It aims to provide more community spaces for the rapidly growing local population.

Wembley has long been identified as a place ripe for development. It is the borough of Brent’s largest growth area and is designated as a housing zone by the Greater London Authority (GLA). Approved by Brent Council in 2021, the Wembley Housing Zone regeneration has already seen 6,000 new homes built over the past five years, with 15,000 expected to be delivered by 2034.

The council has said that the quick influx of new residents has meant a growing need for new ‘social infrastructure’, as well as putting huge pressure on the existing public spaces in the area. It is now hoping to use £11.23 million from developers to build a public courtyard garden and community centre to ‘revitalise’ the eastern stretch of Wembley High Road.

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In partnership with property developers Wates Construction, Brent Council is delivering the Wembley Housing Zone on council-owned land at Cecil Avenue and Ujima House. The new community facilities on Cecil Avenue would be delivered alongside the 291 new homes and commercial space in the area, linking the town centre with Wembley Park.

The Wembley Housing Zone at Cecil Avenue is itself estimated to contribute around £5 million to Brent Council’s Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) funds. Therefore, the Regeneration, Planning, and Growth departments are seeking Cabinet approval to use nearly £6 million additional CIL money to fund the garden and community centre project, as well as go towards on-going maintenance costs.

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Wembley Housing Zone Regeneration Plans. The plans are part of the wider Wembley Housing Zone (WHZ) regeneration. Image Credit: Brent Council. Permission to use with all LDRS partners

Up to £9 million will be used to cover the initial investment, with around £2.2 million set aside for a contribution towards ‘lifetime maintenance’. Council documents show the estimated cost of the preferred plan totalling £11.23 million, with £7.47 million for the community centre and £3.75 million for the courtyard.

Council documents call this a ‘golden opportunity’ to create community spaces that enable communities to ‘flourish in the long-term’. It claims the public courtyard garden and children’s play area will support ‘wellbeing and quality of life’, whilst the new fully fitted out community centre will offer residents and community groups’ access to the space and facilities for events or activities.

The cabinet member for Regeneration, Planning and Growth, Cllr Shama Tatler, states: “The economic regeneration of Wembley is clear for all to see, from the world-class Stadium to the re-developed public realm – thousands more Londoners now also call the area home, and the area is attracting more inward investment than ever before.”

She added: “This has been made possible thanks to long-term public and private partnership, leveraging resources, expertise and crucially, investment. Through the Wembley Housing Zone we have another opportunity to create another powerhouse, driving positive change along Wembley High Road.”

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