Vision for Northwick Park emerges

A study exploring options to improve the area around Northwick Park Hospital, while creating much needed new affordable homes, community facilities and transport improvements, is set to be discussed next week.

Brent Council is working with London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust, Network Homes and the University of Westminster, who are the other major landowners around the hospital, to explore ideas to redevelop the land together.

An initial feasibility study has shown that by working together the area could include:

  • Shared, modern, state-of-the-art teaching spaces for the university hospital and the University of Westminster.
  • Much needed new affordable homes and mixed tenure housing, including some for healthcare workers and students
  • Improvements to hospital services and facilities
  • Infrastructure improvements including new cycle routes, footpaths, new access roads, parking spaces and junction improvements to protect Blue Light access to the hospital
  • Upgrades to Northwick Park station,
  • Local shopping facilities and improved sports facilities
  • A new green energy centre to serve Northwick Park Hospital and the University of Westminster as well the new homes
  • Integrating public services so they are easier for residents to use and save taxpayer's money.

The green space is classed as Metropolitan Open Land which means it is protected under the Mayor of London's planning guidelines and this will be taken into account when any future proposals come forward.

Northwick Park was last week awarded £9.9million from the Housing Infrastructure Fund to start early works to improve local transport links and infrastructure.

Cllr Margaret McLennan, Brent Council Deputy Leader, says: "We are at the beginning of an exciting and ambitious project which could deliver real benefits around Northwick Park. The major landowners, including the council, are set to work together to further explore ways to develop the site in a comprehensive way rather than each organisation working in isolation.

"Our collective vison is to secure Northwick Park's future by delivering a first class, modernised university hospital, improved transport links, more good quality affordable homes and jobs for local people."

Brent Council's Cabinet is set to discuss an updated 'memorandum of understanding', at its meeting on Feb 12, which details how the four major landowners intend to work together.

If agreed, the next step will involve further detailed technical studies of the area before a draft planning brief is prepared and full public consultation.