Parkridge and their partner London Underground were refused permission for their plans for the Travis Perkins site in Neptune Road (pictured below) in September 2008 on grounds of over-dominance and poor design. Their appeal opened last month.
Councillor Marilyn Ashton (Conservative), portfolio holder for planning and chairwoman of planning committee, told the Harrow Observer she was unhapy with the Inspector's decision:
"It's a terrible decision," she said. "It undermines the ability of locally elected councillors to come up with solid and robust grounds for refusal. I don't think was an acceptable form of development. We were only following what CABE said and they said it was 'fortress-like'. The GLA (Greater London Authority) weren't keen on it either."
She told the Harrow Times she intended to write to the new Communities Secretary, John Denham, asking him to overturn the decision.
The development will contain a 3,500 sqm Sainbury's, and 146 flats in a nine storey building, with car parking for shoppers and residents. Parkridge now have two years to complete the development, which could mean it finishing before the part-built Bradstowe House which faces the site, on which construction work has halted.