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Project update: Our public consultation on the emerging masterplan and concept designs for improved public realm and boater facilities at Harlesden Canalside has now ended. We’re very grateful that so many of you took part in our online and in-person consultation activities and for the conversations and ideas received. We will now review all comments and ideas and update the project accordingly, before making a formal planning application to Brent Council early April. We expect to have planning consent by early June, and will update the public on the next steps then. Updated plans and drawings will be shared on this webpage in April, so watch this space!


Harlesden Canalside

OPDC, in partnership with Brent Council and the Canal & River Trust, is bringing forward improvements to Harlesden Canalside for local residents, businesses, boaters and visitors.

The project is part of a £1.2m community investment, funded by the Mayor’s Good Growth Fund, to bring forward a range of improvements to public spaces on the canal.

A planning application will be submitted to Brent Council in April and the public space improvements are expected to be delivered in the second half of 2022.

View the current masterplan and concept designs.

The Harlesden Canalside Masterplan. Head to the Documents section at the bottom of this website to download detailed plans and descriptions.

The plans for Harlesden Canalside include:

A Boaters’ Hub at Steele Road

At the far end of Steele Road a new hub for boaters roaming the canal will provide space and kit for maintenance and small boat repairs. Proposals aim to make sure boat repair, walking and cycling can happen side-by-side here, while also rebuilding the entrance to the canal providing step-free access to the towpath for walkers, cyclists, wheel chair and push chair users.

A Canal Garden and outdoor activity space

When the sun is out this area is the perfect spot for sitting on the grass or eating lunch under the old willow trees with an open view over the canal onto the wildlife on the other side. Proposals seek to create a park-like feel to this area, and provide a landscaped amphitheatre for community gatherings and performances. Two dedicated mooring spaces for narrow boats operated by local groups will also be created here.

The Sharks Canoe Club

The Sharks have been running weekly canoeing classes from their container on the car park since 2018. Proposals will improve canoe club facilities with additional storage, safer breakout spaces, a pontoon and new stepped access to the towpath. This will support The Sharks expanding their activity offer, and create a safer and more pleasant environment for canoers and passers-by.

Acton Lane entrance

This is the entrance point to the canal for everyone coming from Harlesden or the heart of Park Royal. But the canal is surprisingly hidden in this area. Proposals will create a proper entrance to the canal by making it more visible and improving the existing steps down to the towpath.

View the current masterplan and concept designs.


An amphitheatre and narrow boat for local organisations will create opportunities for outdoor activities. 

The story so far

To kick off our engagement we recruited local resident Anita Whittaker in 2020 to assist in planning, developing and running activities to test and collect feedback. As our Local Community Coordinator, Anita got stuck in and really helped us to reach hundreds of local people, including those we may not have been able to engage with.

Across 2021, we engaged with local residents, boaters and businesses through a range of co-design activities to understand what could happen in this space. We wanted plans to be driven by the community to ensure this new space responds to the needs on the ground. Activities have included 1-2-1 conversations, webinars, and a community quiz - take a look at the events section to the right for more information. You can view the outcomes from the engagement work in the Stage 1 Engagement Report.

From 16 February through to 2 March 2022 we consulted with the public on the emerging masterplan and concept designs. The ideas and comments will go on to inform the final masterplan and design work before it is submitted as part of a formal planning application to Brent Council in April 2022.


The Harlesden Canalside projet area




Project update: Our public consultation on the emerging masterplan and concept designs for improved public realm and boater facilities at Harlesden Canalside has now ended. We’re very grateful that so many of you took part in our online and in-person consultation activities and for the conversations and ideas received. We will now review all comments and ideas and update the project accordingly, before making a formal planning application to Brent Council early April. We expect to have planning consent by early June, and will update the public on the next steps then. Updated plans and drawings will be shared on this webpage in April, so watch this space!


Harlesden Canalside

OPDC, in partnership with Brent Council and the Canal & River Trust, is bringing forward improvements to Harlesden Canalside for local residents, businesses, boaters and visitors.

The project is part of a £1.2m community investment, funded by the Mayor’s Good Growth Fund, to bring forward a range of improvements to public spaces on the canal.

A planning application will be submitted to Brent Council in April and the public space improvements are expected to be delivered in the second half of 2022.

View the current masterplan and concept designs.

The Harlesden Canalside Masterplan. Head to the Documents section at the bottom of this website to download detailed plans and descriptions.

The plans for Harlesden Canalside include:

A Boaters’ Hub at Steele Road

At the far end of Steele Road a new hub for boaters roaming the canal will provide space and kit for maintenance and small boat repairs. Proposals aim to make sure boat repair, walking and cycling can happen side-by-side here, while also rebuilding the entrance to the canal providing step-free access to the towpath for walkers, cyclists, wheel chair and push chair users.

A Canal Garden and outdoor activity space

When the sun is out this area is the perfect spot for sitting on the grass or eating lunch under the old willow trees with an open view over the canal onto the wildlife on the other side. Proposals seek to create a park-like feel to this area, and provide a landscaped amphitheatre for community gatherings and performances. Two dedicated mooring spaces for narrow boats operated by local groups will also be created here.

The Sharks Canoe Club

The Sharks have been running weekly canoeing classes from their container on the car park since 2018. Proposals will improve canoe club facilities with additional storage, safer breakout spaces, a pontoon and new stepped access to the towpath. This will support The Sharks expanding their activity offer, and create a safer and more pleasant environment for canoers and passers-by.

Acton Lane entrance

This is the entrance point to the canal for everyone coming from Harlesden or the heart of Park Royal. But the canal is surprisingly hidden in this area. Proposals will create a proper entrance to the canal by making it more visible and improving the existing steps down to the towpath.

View the current masterplan and concept designs.


An amphitheatre and narrow boat for local organisations will create opportunities for outdoor activities. 

The story so far

To kick off our engagement we recruited local resident Anita Whittaker in 2020 to assist in planning, developing and running activities to test and collect feedback. As our Local Community Coordinator, Anita got stuck in and really helped us to reach hundreds of local people, including those we may not have been able to engage with.

Across 2021, we engaged with local residents, boaters and businesses through a range of co-design activities to understand what could happen in this space. We wanted plans to be driven by the community to ensure this new space responds to the needs on the ground. Activities have included 1-2-1 conversations, webinars, and a community quiz - take a look at the events section to the right for more information. You can view the outcomes from the engagement work in the Stage 1 Engagement Report.

From 16 February through to 2 March 2022 we consulted with the public on the emerging masterplan and concept designs. The ideas and comments will go on to inform the final masterplan and design work before it is submitted as part of a formal planning application to Brent Council in April 2022.


The Harlesden Canalside projet area



  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    OPDC, in partnership with Brent Council and the Canal & River Trust, is bringing forward improvements to Harlesden Canalside for local residents, businesses, boaters and visitors. The project is part of a £1.2m community investment, funded by the Mayor’s Good Growth Fund.

    The proposals include boater facilities, a canal garden, an outdoor activity space and seating, improved canoe club facilities and better access

    to the towpath and aim to:

    • Create a welcoming, safe and accessible green space for the wider area

    • Provide facilities for outdoor activities run by local community and organisations

    • Create a dedicated space for small boat repair

    Our plans have been developed in consultation with local people and canal users, but before we submit detailed designs and a planning

    application to Brent Council, we’d like you to tell us what you think. 


    All feedback will be considered, and we will accept returned feedback forms up to and including Wednesday 2nd March.

    Consultation has concluded
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