Green light funding means Grange Farm is go

Grange Farm village green

Council wins £10million for estate regeneration

Tenants on Harrow Council’s Grange Farm estate have taken a step closer to beautiful new homes after the council landed a £10million investment. Competing with authorities from across the country, Harrow won the maximum amount available from a national infrastructure fund that kick-starts housing projects.

It means, subject to planning permission, that the council will build 68 new council rental properties and 21 properties for shared-ownership purchase on the Grange Farm site. All of them will be affordable, with the properties for rent offered at less than the Mayor's London Affordable Rent rate.

Cllr Sachin Shah, Leader of Harrow Council, said: “This is what Building a Better Harrow looks like. We’ve discussed it with residents, we’ve designed it with residents and now we’ve won funding for it. The people of Grange Farm will get modern, spacious, high-quality properties, and a fantastic place to call home.

“This council is fighting every day for real investment in our communities – and in these tough times, we’ll do whatever it takes to provide hope and opportunity for Harrow residents and their children.”

All current Grange Farm secure council tenants are entitled to a new home on the estate; swapping their old pre-fabricated properties for desirable new homes that meet the highest standards of energy efficiency. They’ll also receive compensation payments for disruption caused by the redevelopment.

In place of the estate’s tired 1960s pre-fabs, the new Grange Farm will offer a choice of flats and houses of up to four bedrooms that will better meet the needs of single people, growing families and older residents alike. All properties will have their own private outdoor space and a tenth will be 25% larger and designed with disabled people in mind.

Grange Farm residents, it's planned, will have access to great facilities. A village green will lie at the estate’s heart, offering opportunities for sport and relaxation in beautiful surroundings. A new community centre will provide a place where neighbours can come together to socialise and have fun. The estate will also boast secure cycle parking, a range of children’s play areas and crèche provision.

The planning application for phase one, together with an outline for the rest of the site, will be considered by Harrow Council's planning committee before the end of March.

Phases two and three of the Grange Farm development are subject to their own financial settlement and will require further planning applications. Across all three phases, more than 500 new homes are projected to be built on the estate over the next five years.