Parkridge’s proposed development in Harrow-on-the-Hill is ‘a monster’, according to the Council, who are reported to be struggling to make some of their development plans stack up.
The Parkridge proposals, for 146 flats, a cafe and a Sainsbury’s supermarket in Pinner Road, were refused by the Council. Many locals had objected to this development, as well as to others in the area by Fairview and Dandara.
Objections focussed on the effect on the views of Harrow Recreation Ground, as well as St Mary’s Church, in Church Hill, and traffic problems in the area. It also suffered negative comment from CABE, which said the building would be “fortress-like”.
Councillor Marilyn Ashton recommended rejection saying: “It is, in my view, a very large building and I think it will impede these views. I think there will be a problem. This would be a monster.”
Had the project gone ahead it would have required developers to invest more than £500,000 in a number of community projects, including increasing the capacity of Harrow Bus Station and installing play facilities at Harrow Recreation Ground.
Ben Holmes, told the Harrow Times: “We are extremely disappointed. The design is very high quality and it is suitable for the site. We believe the council have ignored the views of their own design officer who supports the scheme.”
Plans in trouble
Meanwhile, the Council’s plans to build a new leisure centre, skatepark and entertainment venue are reported to be stuggling due to funding problems.
Councillor Ashton, told the Harrow Times, she said: “The developers can’t afford to buy the land from us and they can’t afford to build anything. If they can’t do that, we are not going to have a new leisure centre. Nothing is going to happen, we are completely stuck. Other people agree or disagree with the plans, but it ain’t going to happen, not for a long time.”
College development stalled
The Harrow College Central Campus redevelopment is also stalled, after the Council refused permission for the designs for turning the old campus into housing. This stalled the project as the housing development provided a substantial portion of the funding for the new campus.