Plan for 320 student beds in Wembley flats
Adam Shaw Local Democracy Reporter
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More student accommodation could be coming to Wembley after developers revealed plans to build a new tower block up to 15-storeys tall along the high street.
Regal London hopes to provide 320 new student beds, alongside some retail space, on the site of Pitman House and Fairgate House, in Wembley High Road.
If approved by Brent Council, these would be housed in a block up to 15 storeys tall – eight storeys higher than the existing set-up. It would be the latest tall building near Wembley High Road, with the development at Ujima House planned to reach 11 storeys, Wembley Link set to be 19 storeys, and homes at Chesterfield House being built in blocks up to 26 storeys.
The plans would also bring more student accommodation to the area, following on from a number of developments close to Wembley Park Station and Wembley Stadium. Some local residents have expressed concerns about the changing face of Wembley, with many high-rise buildings obscuring the view of Wembley Stadium’s iconic arch.
While they appreciate the positive impact the redevelopment has had on the “run-down” parts of the area, there are suggestions that things might have gone too far.
Mohamed Nagoor, who lives close to Wembley Park Station, said: “The whole of Wembley Central was pretty run down when I moved here – now it’s a completely different geography. I know people need housing, and it’s good for the economy, but I do feel as if things are a little over-intensive height wise.”
He added there are fears that the area is losing some of its charm – with chain shops replacing individual ones, for example – and that this could spill over into nearby areas such as Stonebridge and Kingsbury.
Regal said the High Road development would have a number of benefits, including improving the local landscape and providing job opportunities during construction.
It added the car-free nature of the scheme would encourage greener travel, which would be boosted by a planned cycle hub and access to extensive public transport. And it said it would support Wembley’s student population, providing hundreds of new beds, of which 35 per cent would be deemed affordable.