100% affordable homes will be built on the sites of three car parks

Phillip Jenkins, Catalyst Housing Group

Catalyst Housing has been chosen as Transport for London’s (TfL) preferred bidder to build nearly 500 affordable homes in Harrow.

Three car parks in the London borough will be developed to build 450 homes once consultations have taken place with local residents and after a planning application, due to be submitted later this year or early in 2020, has been approved.

TfL said the plans would create improvements to the public realm with new trees and pedestrian and cycling pathways.

Commuter car parking will be retained at the three sites along with the new homes.

Meanwhile Catalyst, which manages 21,000 homes and plans to build up 1,300 homes a year, has appointed former Taylor Wimpey central London managing director Philip Jenkins (pictured) as its new executive director of development.

Catalyst is working on its merger with the 11,000-unit Aldwyck Housing Group.

Founded in Harpenden in 1968, Aldwyck manages 11,000 homes across Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Northamptonshire, Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire.

It will initially join Catalyst as a subsidiary and then merge with the larger group “as soon as is practical after that”, Catalyst said.