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Awards for Harrow consultancy

by Marco Cillario Tue 26 July 2016, 12:17 pm

A management consultancy working with Harrow Council has scooped two prizes at the Planning and Placemaking Awards 2016.

Inner Circle Consulting, which assists organisations with regeneration projects, has won the London regional award and, in partnership with the council, the housing growth award at the contest recognising best practice in planning in the UK.

Judges on the Planning and Placemaking Awards panel said that the submission from Inner Circle was “the most innovative and long lasting”.

The consultancy is working with Harrow Council, reporting to the director of regeneration Paul Nichols. It has helped create the Great Estates Model regeneration strategy for the borough, delivering key projects as part of this.

The strategy involves the creation of 5500 new homes, of which 2200 will be allocated as affordable, 3000 new jobs, a new civic centre, three public squares, a school, two regenerated high streets and a district heating system. The plan is expected to reduce the council costs for bed and breakfast accommodation by £5.8m.

Of the new homes, 2073 will be built across 10 council sites, 755 by the council and 1309 by private and third sector developers. The cost for development on council sites will be an estimated £470 million – most of which will be borne by private developers.

"This is a very innovative approach to providing housing for a local authority directly,” said the judges at the awards. “It covers a range of sites and tenures and could be copied by other local authorities.”

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