Blog Posts - Town Centre Planning



The Battle to Change Retail Location “Mind-Sets”

Who’s the real competitor? Who’s the real enemy? The massive changes that have swept across this land and others, the decimation of high streets,  town centres and the taking away of the retail heart of communities, though tragic and physically...
by VM-Chronicles on Dec 13, 2016

Town Centre Retail Regeneration: The Complexity of Delivering Simple Principles

The simple truth of a successful and thriving retail destination is that you need the right assortment of shops and you need each one to be as good as it possibly can be.   It doesn’t take the proverbial brain surgeon but it does take a meeti...
by VM-Chronicles on Dec 6, 2016

Sevillisation: Terminal Transformations & New Millennium Markets

Urban regeneration can sometimes be unemotional terminology for some of the most exciting enterprises across retail and leisure. Never more the case in the variety of schemes bringing vigour, life and energy to the revitalised heart of the Andalucian...
by VM-Chronicles on Apr 18, 2016

Building in Harlesden?

Yesterday I noticed that the triangular site at the junction between Craven Park and Church Road has a mechanical digger parked in it.  I hope that indicates that something is finally happening there.  It has been derelict for as long as I...
by James Powney's Blog on Jan 3, 2015

Harlesden Town Centre Update

I notice that the first red bags are now out as part of the anti-dumping scheme I blogged on earlier.  However, the most notable piece of news is that earth moving equipment is now on the old service station site.  This has a long and contr...
by James Powney's Blog on May 28, 2013

Kensal Green Issues Rounded Up Again

A number of issues have come up in the ward recently. Firstly we are about to start building work on Harlesden Town Centre at last.  After all the debates and so on, I am relieved to finally get things underway.TransportThis ties in with the lon...
by James Powney's Blog on Apr 21, 2013

Update on Former Willesden Social Club

A new application has been put in for the former Willesden Social Club.  However, it is very similar to the permission already granted, as can be seen here.  I do find it frustrating that this land has been derelict for so long, and that th...
by James Powney's Blog on Mar 24, 2013

141 - 153 High Street Harlesden

There is yet another planning application at 141-153 High Street Harlesden, which was formerly a service station.  I am currently trying to get greater detail, although the report at present makes no mention of the effect on outlook for 139 High...
by James Powney's Blog on Jan 8, 2013

Walking and Planning

The Guardian has piece on walking today.  This is a much neglected area of urban planning. One of the key intentions of the Harlesden Town Centre development is to make the Centre friendlier to pedestrians.It's animating principle is the "road u...
by James Powney's Blog on Dec 28, 2012

Green Man Revisited

Some time ago the Green Man in Harlesden High Street was given permission for a redevelopment.  In fact this was to rectify illegal alterations that had already taken place.  So far, nothing appears to have been done to implement the planni...
by James Powney's Blog on Nov 6, 2012

Park House

Last night's planning committee agreed to extend the lifetime of the permission on Park House. However, during the hearing the applicant's agent claimed that work had already started on the previous permission.  It was unclear whether this const...
by James Powney's Blog on Aug 23, 2012


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