Plans to build more than 200 new homes in Harrow have moved a step closer as the housing association working on the project agreed on a housebuilding partnership.

The homes, which are set to be built on the former Cumberland Hotel and existing Victoria Hall sites, will be developed by Hill.

It agreed a venture partnership with Origin Housing following a successful collaboration on a previous project.

The development, which was granted planning permission by Harrow Council in 2016, will include 123 one and two bedroom apartments for private sale, alongside 54 shared ownership and 27 affordable rent tenures.

It is part of the council’s ‘Heart of Harrow’ regeneration scheme, which seeks to transform the town centre and deliver 5,000 new homes.

The £70 million complex will benefit from £25 million worth of funding from the Greater London Authority (GLA), which dipped into the Mayor of London’s £600 million Housing Zones initiative.

David Eardley, regional managing director of Hill, said: “We are delighted to be working with Origin to deliver our second joint venture project together in Harrow and are thrilled to have secured funding from the GLA.

“We are proud to specialise in delivering joint venture and regeneration projects and our expertise in developing underutilised land can be a real asset to those organisations who need help in releasing more value to their local communities.”

Origin Housing welcomed the partnership and said the project will make a “significant contribution” to the borough’s housing needs.