£405k for one-bed flat in Willesden Green development is out of reach for most Brent residents

13:48 09 July 2014

A one-bed flat on the development is being sold for £405,000 (Pic credit: Zoopla)

A one-bed flat on the development is being sold for £405,000 (Pic credit: Zoopla)


A one-bedroom flat in the revamped Willesden Library Cultural Centre has gone on sale for £405,000 – putting it out of reach for many Brent residents.

The old Willesden Green LibraryThe old Willesden Green Library

The controversial project last year saw Brent Council give developers Galliford Try the site for free on in exchange for the new cultural centre to replace the old Victorian library in High Road.

The 95 flats have been already been sold by Linden Homes, associated with Galliford Try, to an investor who is marketing the properties in Asia.

The heavy price tag does not include service charges and parking fees.

According to Brent Council the average annual salary for a resident in the borough is £31,000.

Cllr George Crane is the former lead member for regenerationCllr George Crane is the former lead member for regeneration

Martin Redstone, of the campaign to Keep Willesden Green, said: “We put up an enormous fight.

“We saved the small library at the front, which now looks incongruous.

“We were unable to save the perfectly serviceable 1970s library or Town Square.”

He continued: “In my opinion the council couldn’t care less.

“It just wanted to give 75 per cent of the land – including half the library and the car park – to Galliford Try free of charge, so it could build luxury flats in a gated setting and cash in on the government’s New Homes Bonus and obtain a cheap smaller library centre on what was left of the site.”

A spokesman for Linden Homes confirmed it had sold the site to an investor, “therefore any prices you may have come across aren’t from Linden Homes”.

In 2013, before a single brick had been laid the development was being advertised on a Singaporean website which was asking the equivalent of £340,000 for a one-bed flat.

As well as listing transport links as a key benefit it added the absence of “affordable and key worker” housing as an advantage.

Cllr George Crane, who was the lead member for regeneration when the proposals went through, said at the time that the plans will allow council to create a new ‘flagship cultural hub.

He had added: “There is a huge amount of wasted space around it and regarding the building itself, the actual fabric needs a lot of money spent on it.

“We are damned if we do and damned if we don’t.”

Related link: Flats on the former site of Willesden Green Library go up for sale in Singapore

Latest News Stories

Yesterday, 22:42
The man, believed to be in his 20s, was reportedly impaled as he tried to vault a fence outside a car park near Wembley Stadium

A man was rushed to hospital after becoming impaled on a fence near Wembley Stadium yesterday evening.

Yesterday, 16:38
Flames tore through the Diamond Coaches vehicle after a fire broke out at around 2:30am (Pic credit: Jakub Gadziacki /Coolimage77)

Dramatic images have emerged of the moment a coach burst into flames on the North Circular near Brent Cross in the early hours of this morning.

Yesterday, 14:30
Dorel Apuscasitei, 35, denies pleasuring himself in Topshop's flagship Oxford Street branch (Pic: Google Streetview)

A 35-year-old man from Colindale who allegedly pleasured himself in front of shoppers in the Oxford Street branch of Topshop is due to stand trial in November.

Yesterday, 13:32
Mohamed Said will be sentenced on October 13

An 18-year-old from Willesden is due to be sentenced next week after he was found carrying two knives and a quantity of cannabis.

Most read news


You won't need to fork out for groceries for a while!

Asda, one of the country’s leading supermarkets, prides itself in being one of the cheapest places to shop, so you can be sure that your money will go a long way here!

Shop till you drop!

Here’s your chance to treat yourself to a new wardrobe and a whole lot more with this MyOffers competition to win an incredible £2,500 to spend at Primark on whatever you like!

Digital Edition

Read the Brent & Kilburn Times e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24

Local business directory

Our trusted business finder