Harrow Design Review Panel grows

Harrow Council’s Design Review Panel has added more members, bringing it up to 50 experts who will aim to improve the quality of new buildings in the borough.

Richard Cottrell, Eleanor Fawcett and Richard Lavington are among the new members added as the Design Review Panel launched.

Neil Deely, partner at Metropolitan Workshop, is one of three chairs of the monthly Panel. He said: “Having grown up in Harrow, I am excited to be in a position to ensure through the Panel that new development is of the highest quality and delivers better designed buildings with the right aspect and facilities to grow communities.”

Cllr Keith Ferry, the Harrow Council Portfolio Holder for business, planning and regeneration, said: “Our new Design Review Panel will ensure expert advice and high quality building design. With a number of exciting projects in the pipeline, the panel will help both build a better Harrow and bring huge benefits for our residents, businesses and the local economy.”

Tobias Goevert, Harrow’s Head of Regeneration and Design. He said: “This is an important moment for Harrow. There is general consensus that not enough good projects have been built in the last decades falling short of standards for when Metroland was conceived, however, there are good news stories in the planning pipeline. Our policy, planning, economic and regen teams have been busy working towards this for many years. We have put in place a broad and ambitious Regeneration strategy, delivered new public realm, meanwhile uses, events and training as well as engaged positively with developers and procured talented teams for our sites to set the benchmark. We look forward to working with this new pool of talented people on raising the benchmark for design.”

Harrow’s Design Review Panel contains 50 experts from the fields of architecture, planning, engineering and development. It will meet every month to examine all significant schemes put forward in Harrow borough, both before and after they apply for planning permission. It will give special focus to the Heart of Harrow Mayor of London Housing Zone and Opportunity Area, as it looks to support the Council’s ambitions for the borough’s £1.75 billion Building a Better Harrow programme. Design training and up-skilling for Council officers and members, along with a refresh of Harrow’s existing design guidance and policy, are all included in the Panel’s remit.

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