People living on a Brent estate could be among the first in London to vote on their area’s redevelopment proposals.

If approved by Brent Council’s cabinet on Monday, there will be moves to form a masterplan for the St Raphael’s Estate, in Stonebridge.

This would include new homes, as well as efforts to improve issues such as crime, littering and youth activities.

According to the council report, there are two options for the area – limited work, which would involve modification to the current buildings, or a complete redevelopment.

If the second option is chosen, the community would vote on the proposals.

Cllr Muhammed Butt, leader of Brent Council, said it was an exciting opportunity for both the local authority and those living on the estate.

He said: “We are committed to putting residents in the driving seat, making decisions about where they live.

“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for residents to redesign the estate they love.

“People have told us they want to live in modern homes in a safe, crime-free neighbourhood.

“Tackling the housing crisis is a priority for Brent and this is a unique opportunity to build brand new homes that meet the needs of the families who live on St Raph's.

“I'm proud that Brent residents could be some of the first to have the chance to participate in a ballot before anything goes ahead.”

The decision comes after Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, introduced a policy that requires major estate regeneration schemes to have residents’ support before they receive funding from City Hall.

James Murray, London’s deputy mayor for housing and residential development, explained that this gives councils the best opportunity to ensure that “regeneration is done well”.

St Raphael’s Estate is considered to be one of the most deprived areas in Brent.

According to the council report, there are more children living in poverty and more people without any qualifications compared to the borough-wide average.

There is also more unemployment and higher rates of crime. The report noted that robberies increased by 107 per cent from last year, compared to 52 per cent across the rest of Brent.

A consultation with those living on the estate found that crime and litter were among their greatest concerns.

The sense of community and a decent amount of green space were viewed as positives for the area.

Cllr Butt explained that the proposed approach puts the power in the hands of those who live there, and he is looking forward to seeing it progress.