An online poll run by the Harrow Observer has come out overwhelmingly against new homes in central Harrow.
"More than three-quarters of people who voted" said no to the prospect of more flats being built in Harrow town centre – according to The Observer.
Five residential developments – three of which have now been approved by Harrow Council – could bring a combined total of 1,500 flats to the town centre, growing the population of the town centre by a third.
The council says it is working to ensure the infrastructure can be upgraded to cope with such an influx – which is the main cause for concern among those who voted, apparently. Indeed it plans a significant upgrade of Harrow-on-the-HIll station, and over £1m of public realm investment.
Councillor Marilyn Ashton, portfolio holder for planning, development and enterprise, told the Observer that the new Local Development Framework would help manage growth in Harrow, but the paper remains sceptical, along with its audience it seems.
Planned Developments in Central Harrow
BRADSTOWE HOUSE, Headstone Road, Approved (Oct 2001), 144 flats, fitness centre, retail, Comer Homes Group (pictured on site)
GAYTON ROAD LIBRARY AND CAR PARK, Gayton Road, Approved (May 2008), 383 flats, play areas, Fairview New Homes and Mount Anvil
HARROW COLLEGE, Lowlands Road, Approved (May 2008), 404-420 flats, new college campus, Harrow College
NEPTUNE POINT, Pinner Road, Still to be determined, 147 flats, 3,485 sq m Sainsbury’s store, cafe, London Underground and Parkridge Developments
EX-POST OFFICE, College Road, Still to be determined, 407 flats, 1,145 sq m retail, public square, new footbridge over railway, Dandara