Harrow Council has approved a deal to open up Wood Farm to public use by allowing houses to be built on part of the land.
Around 60 acres of presently tenanted green belt land in Stanmore would be opened to the publicas part of an enlarged Stanmore Country Park. This will be made possible by selling two parts of the land to the current tenant for development.
In line with a previous agreement made in 2008 the developer will purchase land on Wood Farm, currently the site of agricultural buildings, to build ten homes. In return, the developer will pay for all landscaping and other improvements to the area of land set to be incorporated into Stanmore Country Park.
The developer will also purchase the derelict Pear Wood Cottage and lease part of the adjacent 10 acre field. The lease will put in place robust controls on the field, limiting the tenant to fewer uses than currently allowed under the agricultural tenancy. The remainder of the field, around 40%, will be incorporated into the Pear Wood nature reserve. The sale of Pear Wood Cottage is subject to approval by the Secretary of State.
Cllr Thaya Idaikkadar, Portfolio holder for property and major contracts on Harrow Council, said: “This agreement will help to give Harrow residents access to some of the best views in the capital and significantly increase public open space in Stanmore.”