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A planning application is in the pipeline for a major redevelopment of Grange Farm estate in Harrow on the Hill. The proposals have been drawn up in close consultation with residents through a steering group and a series of local events to gauge their views. Internationally renowned architecture firm HawkinsBrown ha designed the scheme in which 568 new homes will replace buildings on the current site. The council wants to retain 40% as social rented units with 60% available for private sale. Blocks will range from two to nine storeys, reflecting the transition from the suburban area to the
north into the urban aspects of
the southern boundary. The design takes inspiration from the traditional rooflines seen in the area and the style of the suburban architecture around the estate. The scheme includes a community centre at the heart of the development, designed to echo
the shape of a former barn on the farm site. It will house a flexible hall, nursery, meeting rooms and training facilities, and an energy centre will provide heat and hot water. Key to the masterplan is the establishment of new pedestrian routes to increase access to the local high street, Northolt Road, to South Harrow tube station and to the retail park to the south of the site. The estate is being improved as
part of council plans to increase the housing supply, both by building new homes on council estates where there is suitable land, or by partial or full redevelopment. This will be the first major housing estate regeneration project in a generation delivered directly by the council, which will retain ownership of the affordable rented housing, and also replace all social housing currently on the site.

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