Mill Farm regeneration, Harrow

Our Mill Farm regeneration project in Harrow created 159 new homes for rent, shared ownership and sale.

Introduction

In September 2008 Harrow Council and local residents chose Catalyst to regenerate their area. The original Mill Farm no longer met the government’s Decent Homes Standards, and it was not cost effective to refurbish its seven blocks.

A vote to transfer the homes from the council to Catalyst was held in October 2009 – it had a 82% turnout and 88% of residents voted ‘yes’. Planning permission to regenerate the estate was approved in March 2010 and work began in September 2010, with our regeneration team working closely with the council and residents throughout the project to develop a design to meet the needs and aspirations of the community.

What we delivered

Mill FarmThe scheme was built in three phases over five years, building 159 new homes for rent, shared ownership and sale, and creating 96 new flats and 63 new houses. The regeneration provided high quality new homes, improved green spaces and a range of community development projects, including a number of apprenticeships with us and Harrow Council.

The project was completed in October 2015 with a memorial ceremony for Murray Crawford, Regeneration Manager at Catalyst who passed away in 2013. Murray was a key part of the success of the Mill Farm project.