An area of major regeneration is set for another housing development up to 19-storeys high after it was unanimously approved by the council’s planning committee.

The 256-home scheme in High Road was the latest to be approved in Wembley after Brent Council was satisfied that it will benefit the region.

It will comprise two blocks – one 17-storey and one 19-storey – will be car-free, and there will be 50 affordable units.

There were some concerns over the Metropolitan Police’s claim that there will be an “increased level and fear of crime” if the project goes ahead.

But planning officers explained that various measures will be put in place to reduce this risk, including gates at the properties and more lighting.

And the committee deemed the level of affordable housing sufficient – 34 will be offered at a third of the borough’s average income, while 16 will be available at 80 per cent of the market rate.

Steve Sanham, managing director of the scheme’s developer Hub, said: “This is high quality housing designed by a leading architect which would see significant investment in the established community of Wembley Central.”

He added that the affordable housing “will be targeted towards those most in need”.

Cllr James Denselow, chairman of the planning committee, praised both the reach and the result of the consultation carried out by Hub.

The “extensive” process saw 900 people respond, with just one person objecting to the proposals.

He was also pleased to see a series of community contributions lined up, including a fund to support better bus routes in the area and a £120,000 agreement for “older children” at the nearby King Edward VII park.