BOROUGH FOCUS

45.1%
Proportion of working age population with degree or equivalent
10k
New homes granted planning permission over the past five years
2
Of the largest regeneration projects in the UK are being delivered
69.5%
Employment rate in Brent
A WINNING BID
Legends of rock ‘n’ roll, reggae, literature and local communities were all recognised in Brent’s successful bid to become the London Borough of Culture for 2020. The Rolling Stones’ Charlie Watts, The Who’s Keith Moon, reggae legend Bob Marley, authors Zadie Smith and Mark Twain, Hollywood actors  Idris Elba and Sienna Miller, pop stars Rita Ora and Paloma Faith, as well as England footballer Raheem Sterling are just some of the stars who have connections to the borough.

POPULATION

332,100

Culture

The borough boasts the iconic views of Wembley Stadium, Neasden Temple, Harlesden’s clock, the Ace Café in Stonebridge and Kilburn’s Grade II-listed Gaumont State Cinema building. Brent’s cultural identity is one of an international meeting place and destination of opportunity.

A place where people of Irish, Asian and Afro-Caribbean descent, and other global communities, have come to make their home and set a course for a new future.

Housing

Over the past five years, cranes dotting the skyline, the sight of hard hats and hi-vis jackets and the sound of construction sites have all been commonplace in the borough. In that time, the council has, on average, given planning permission to build more than 2,000 homes every year, with nearly 1,700 completed annually.

Although Brent’s figures for housebuilding are among the highest in London, there is still much more to do. Housing Zones at Alperton and Wembley will deliver 6,000 new homes between them, over 2,220 of which will be affordable.

Connectivity

Served by the Metropolitan, Jubilee, Bakerloo and Piccadilly London Underground lines and national rail services, Brent is an extremely well-connected borough. Tying in with Old Oak Common and Park Royal regeneration proposals, feasibility studies into a West London orbital railway have been carried out, proposing a line to link south-west London and north London via Brent.

With the A406 North Circular road running through the heart of the borough and the M1 and M4 just a short distance away, Brent also boasts excellent links by road to the rest of London and the UK. While Heathrow is just a short 30-minute drive away, opening up connections with the rest of the world.

“With the financial uncertainty of a looming Brexit and the economic hurdles it brings to London’s doorstep, we’re glad to join this partnership. Providing access to the UK’s second largest economy, this innovative programme provides a wealth of opportunity for people in Brent.”
COUNCILLOR MUHAMMED BUTT, LEADER OF LB BRENT