LB Harrow is reported to be missing out on investment “because of its reputation for rejecting planning applications”.
The Harrow Times reports an interview with Cllr Keith Ferry, who holds the planning portfolio, in which he says developers have told him: “We don’t want to come to Harrow and develop because you don’t have any vision for what’s happening there. We come along, we do a lot of work, go to the planning committee and the planning committee says ‘No’.”
Cllr Ferry also said Harrow needed to “guarantee approval of specific types of projects to attract investment”.
Planners need to attract 2,500 new homes and 3,000 new jobs to the Harrow and Wealdstone Intensification Area, covering the town centre, Station Road and Wealdstone, and also known as the Harrow/Wealdstone Corridor. The area includes the present Harrow Civic Centre site, which, as largely surface car parking, provides a significant redevelopment opportunity, if the Civic operations could be rehoused elsewhere.
A public consultation on options for the Intensification Area will be held in April.