UK-based housing developer Wates Residential has been named as the development partner for Harrow Council’s regeneration programme worth an estimated £600m.

As part of the equally-owned Harrow Strategic Development Partnership (HSDP), Wates will redevelop three sites that together cover seven hectares in Wealdstone, which is the urban heart of the London Borough of Harrow.

HSDP plans to revamp Wealdstone town centre, building 1,500 new homes, a school, a new civic centre, shops and offices, as well as public and green spaces.

The project will also focus on Byron Quarter land, which was formerly used as a driving test centre, Peel Road, currently an underused car park and the proposed site for the council offices, and Poets Corner, the site of the existing civic centre.

HSDP is scheduled to commence in February 2021, with the first homes constructed in 2022. Additional sites may be added at a later stage of the regeneration programme.

Harrow Council leader Graham Henson said: “During these difficult times it is important to have something to look forward to. Our ambitious plans will give families an affordable place to call home, create jobs for local people, build a new Council HQ, and re-energise Wealdstone town centre.

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“Through our partnership with Wates we have a once in a lifetime opportunity to make a real and lasting difference to the lives of our residents and boost the local economy. Now is the right time to redevelop these three sites and build a better Harrow for our residents and businesses.”

The partnership will offer construction training for more than 130 unemployed adults to help kick-start their careers, and deliver 220 apprenticeships.

Wates Residential is working on several construction projects in the UK. The company is collaborating with Havering Council on a £1bn housing regeneration scheme in London.

The company also recently completed work on 22 new homes at Stag House in Wandsworth for Wandsworth Council.