Deal opens Harrow views

Harrow Council has concluded a deal to add land to Stanmore Country Park, and open up views across London.

Stanmore Country Park will open its gates in December next year for the public to enjoy some of the most panoramic views of London. For the first time visitors will be able to see the Shard , Wembley Stadium, the Telecom Tower, the London Eye, and Big Ben from Harrow.

Harrow Council has concluded a transaction which adds approximately 69 acres of green belt land to Stanmore Country Park . The Council leased Wood Farm to Stanmore Dairies and these two leases have now been surrendered back to the local authority. As a result the Council is now able to extend Stanmore Country Park by 60 acres as well as adding nine acres to Pear Wood with potential to form an enlarged nature reserve.

Cllr Bill Stephenson, Harrow Council Leader, said: “69 acres of extra green belt land will become publicly accessible from December next year. As a Council we are very committed to opening as much of our green belt land and open space for the public to enjoy.”

An enabling development of ten houses was also granted planning consent and the freehold of this area, 3.5 acres, has been sold to the developers – the present tenant – Ā producing a capital receipt for the council.

The physical works to create the Country Park extension are being carried out by the developers at their expense under the terms of the Section 106 agreement which also provides a lump sum payment to be made to the Council towards future maintenance costs.

It is anticipated that the works to the Country Park extension will enable public access to be available by the end of December 2013.

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