LB Harrow is nearing the end of its consultation period on its ‘core strategy preferred option’.
The document maps out how the Council sees development in the Borough unfolding, in particular how and where 5,000 new homes would be built. It suggests most would be in the ‘Harrow and Wealdstone Intensification Area’, which is essentially Harrow and Wealdstone town centres and the corridor between them on Station Road, with the addition of the Kodak works site in Wealdstone.
This would include the present Civic Centre site (pictured), which could be redeveloped if and when the Council moves to the present Harrow College site in Harrow town centre, as it has said it will do to enable the College to move to a new campus. The Core Strategy identifies it as a site for 279 new homes.
Further housing sites are identified to make up the gap between the 5,000 target and the 2,100 with planning permission (800 of which are in the former Government buildings on Honeypot Lane). The largest is the Greenhill Way Car Park in Harrow, which the document identifies as a site for just under 500 homes.
The Kodak site, slightly detached from the rest of the Intensification Area, is still mainly owned by Kodak, but the film company has sold a parcel to Land Securities. It has been slated for uses as varied as a market, new homes or a waste plant, but is picked out by the Core Strategy document as a location for employment – providing some of the 3,000 new jobs the Council wants to see created in the Intensification Area..
The present draft of the Core Strategy can be downloaded from Harrow Council’s website. Consultation is open until January 11.