Brent planning committee has narrowly approved a submission from First Storage, to redevelop its existing site in First Way Wembley for mixed-use.

The application, which was approved by four votes to three, proposes the mixed-use redevelopment of the site, demolishing the existing three-storey industrial building and replacing it with five new blocks, ranging from 12-storeys to 24.

The proposal, developed by Collado Collins Architects, is for a total 600 Build-to-Rent flats with a proposed mix of 39 studios, 228 with one bedroom, 279 with two and 54 with three.

Thirty-six of the three-bedroom homes will be provided at a London Living Rent, and 24 of the one-bedroom homes will be at a discount market rent, which equates to 35 per cent below market.

The application also proposes the re-provision of 6,851 sq m of self-storage floorspace over the ground, first and second floors, and provision of 1,242 sq m of small office spaces across the ground floor.

The remaining commercial floorspace comprises a 317 sq m retail unit/’cycle café’ on the ground floor of Building A, on the corner of First Way and South Way.

The scheme will involve creating a newly landscaped podium centrally within the third-floor level, with further communal terraces for occupiers’ use at roof level of blocks A, B, D and E.

A total of 60 parking spaces are proposed at the basement level, 42 of them Blue Badge spaces. Additional commercial parking spaces will be at ground floor level.

The development, in an area of light industrial, meets with the proposed masterplan for Wembley but was encountered some objections, including the security in light of its close proximity to Wembley Stadium.

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