An expanding neighbourhood along the Welsh Harp

West Hendon phase 4, which will provide more than 600 new homes along the Welsh Harp reservoir, has been granted reserved matters planning permission, completing a neighbourhood masterplanned by Allies and Morrison. Located between The Broadway and the Reservoir, this phase has brought together a collaborative team of Allies and Morrison, Makower Architects, Mikhail Riches Architects, Cameo Landscape Architects and accessible design consultants David Bonnett Associates.

Diversity is a key aspect of the scheme. There will be a mix of tenures, a mix of building types (from a 21- storey multi-unit building to individual terrace houses) and variations in contemporary yet contextually aware architecture. Permeable routes and landscaped public spaces will make it easy to get around while helping connect residents to the natural setting.

A new pedestrian and cycle bridge designed by the practice at Cool Oak Lane has also secured planning permission. The curved single span structure will enable residents and visitors alike to benefit from crossing the Reservoir and enjoy the area’s green spaces and waterside.

The overall masterplan’s ambition is create a more enjoyable place to live with 2,000 homes, re-establishing connections that maximise the major natural asset of the Welsh Harp whilst creating a distinct, resilient part of London which is knit into the adjoining urban fabric.

Earlier phases of the development, recently completed, have been shortlisted in this year’s Housing Design Awards.