The Grange Farm estate in South Harrow is tucked away between Northolt Road and Shaftesbury Avenue. The estate has 282 properties mainly made up of Resiform flats which are a unique type of building involving use of fibreglass panels for external walls.
These flats are expensive to maintain and difficult to keep warm. Working closely with local residents and a specialist design team, the Housing Services department has submitted a planning application to replace all of the properties on the estate with 549 new houses and apartments of mixed sizes.
You can view the planning application online referencing the reference number: P/3524/16.
The timetable to deliver the new estate
The outcome of the Planning application will not be known until the autumn, but plans are already being made with the hope that it will be approved.
A development partner will be selected through a tender process in which resident representatives will have a chance to quiz the bidders.
- Summer 2017 - the successful developers will make a start on building phase 1
- Early 2019 - Phase 1 completes
- Autumn 2019 - Phase 2 starts
- Early 2021 - Phase 2 completes.
The numbers involved on the Grange Farm Estate regeneration - although they may change as part of the redesign work:
- Site area 4.1 HA
- 282 existing flats and bungalows to be demolished
- 574 new homes built (1952 bed paces)
- 216 new homes for social rent
- 25 new homes for shared ownership
- 333 new homes for sale
- 260 parking spaces
- 1 new community centre
There will also be generous secure cycle spaces, high quality landscaping, improved pedestrian access to Northolt Road, and new pedestrian link to adjacent retail park.
A steering group of local residents living on Grange Farm Estate have been working on the project regularly reviewing the plans and comparing them to other developments both within Harrow and schemes as far away as Cambridge. This ensures that the new Grange Farm will be of the highest standard and meets the needs of local people for many years to come.
The Steering Group has received independent information from their Independent Tenant Advisor, paid for by the council, and have been meeting regularly for 3 years to get to this stage. They have also established the Grange Farm Steering Group website.
Consultations and other documentation
The existing community centre on the estate is relatively small and therefore restricted in the range of activities available. The new community centre of 1,082 m2 will offer facilities purpose built to house a nursery, community meeting rooms, a flexible hall, and an elevated external sports court.
Frequently Asked Questions
What will happen to existing tenants and residents?
All existing tenants have been given the choice of a permanent move away from Grange Farm to another rented property or to move into a new Grange Farm rented unit of the right size for their household.
This will mean some tenants having to move twice once into a temporary property and then into their new permanent home. All secure tenants having to be rehoused will receive a Home Loss payment (currently £6,100) and their direct costs associated with moving will be paid for. For information about rehousing please contact us.
All those who own property on the existing Grange Farm Estate will be fully compensated for the value of their property as the council buys them back. Resident owners will receive an additional 10% of the property value due to the disturbance involved and their legal costs will also be met.
- Initial demolition notice Jan 2015
- Ground 10A notification letter June 2017
- Section 10A notification June 2017
If you would like more information on the Grange Farm Estate regeneration project, please contact the Regeneration Manager or Regeneration Officer at [email protected] or via telephone on 020 8424 7654.