In 2008, the camera manufacturer and developer Land Securities formed a partnership to redevelop areas of the firm’s 16.65-hectare site in Harrow which it no longer required.
The development would be split over two sites: a main site which houses Kodak’s core production facilities and surplus land, and a nearby sports ground.
Land Securities then secured outline planning consent for 985 new homes, of which 314 units would be delivered on the sports ground. This element of the scheme is now being taken forward by Persimmon Homes.
Following the designation of the area as a London Plan Opportunity Area and as one the mayor’s Housing Zones, Land Securities submitted new plans for the factory site which sought to increase the proposed housing numbers.
According to a planning report on the application, the overall uses proposed under the revised application "would broadly remain the same as that proposed under the extant permission save that certain quantums have changed."
The report said that the proposal "would see the capacity of the site to deliver up to 1,800 new homes within the Opportunity Area and would in turn significantly contribute towards the borough wide housing target."
An addendum to the report said that whilst the scheme would not deliver the minimum of 40 per cent affordable housing as required by local planning policy, "the total quantum of affordable housing that would be delivered across all phases would be greater than the extant consent. In particular Phase A of the current scheme would deliver at least 128 affordable housing units, whereas the extant permission seeks to deliver 27 units."
The addendum said that Phase A of the scheme would provide 21.50 per cent affordable homes, Phase B – 22.50 per cent Phase C – minimum 20 per cent and Phase D – minimum 20 per cent.
The scheme is due to be developed over 10 years.
This article was amended at 13.30 on Friday 2 October to remove a reference to the scheme providing 50 per cent affordable housing. This was incorrect.