John Denham has overturned the decision of a public inquiry into expansion plans for Stanmore Country Park funded by building homes on green belt land.
In October last year, Harrow Council approved plans by CP Holdings to demolish redundant farm buildings and revamp a vacant house and dairy at Wood Farm, in Wood Lane, Stanmore, and build 10 houses. In return, CP would give over their neighbouring private land to be absorbed into the public park and increase it by 70%.
The scheme was called in for a public inquiry, and the Inspector ruled against the Council’s decision. Now the secretary of state for communities and local government, John Denham, has ruled against the inspector.
Denham said: “the secretary of state concludes that the benefits of the proposal, cumulatively, are sufficient to clearly outweigh the harm …. to the Green Belt and harm in regard to other policies, and that very special circumstances have been shown to exist to justify the proposed … development.”
Harrow Council owns Wood Farm and will earn about £2million from a part-sale to CP, according to the Harrow Observer.