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Harrow’s regeneration plans approved, featuring transformation of former Civic Centre

The regeneration of Harrow has taken a step forward with new business plans that will deliver ‘quality, affordable family-sized homes, with green and public spaces’ say Harrow Council.

The partnership between the council and Wates’ Residential will see an era of growth and community development in the borough’s Opportunity Area.

The plans will transform the Council’s old headquarters at the Civic Centre on Station Road. This will be known as Poets Corner. They will also redevelop an old driving school left empty for the last twenty years, next to the Leisure Centre. This area will be known as Byron Quarter.

The Council has also announced plans to resume the redevelopment of Grange Farm (Phase 2), Harrow’s largest social housing estate in South Harrow. Progress is also being made on the Milton Road project, situated on the Poets Corner site, which will provide 100% affordable homes and is set to be completed by year-end.

These proposals are said to prioritise community needs and environmental considerations, contributing to sustainable development and an inclusive community in Harrow.

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The partnership has adjusted previous designs by reducing building height and density while increasing housing for families in the borough.

The plans include new green spaces, community facilities, and sustainable design elements to enhance the overall living, working, and socialising experience. Despite disruptions caused by inflation and regulatory changes, the regeneration program is back on track and moving forward to the next development stage.

Leader of the London Borough of Harrow (Harrow Council), Cllr Paul Osborn said:“We want Harrow to be a place where people are happy to start their families and businesses and feel pride in where they live.

“These regeneration plans will deliver attractive, high-quality homes. They will make a difference to communities, businesses, residents and families both now and in the future.”

Cabinet Member for Planning and Regeneration, Cllr Marilyn Ashton, added: “Our regeneration plans for Harrow are ambitious. We have worked hard with our partner Wates Residential to develop these business plans. Together we will deliver much needed, new, and affordable homes with open and green spaces and public squares where Harrow people want to live.

“We have faced challenges to make these plans financially secure whilst reducing height and density where possible. We will keep tall buildings only where they already exist.

“As we bring forward the plans for each of the sites we will engage with our residents. I am confident that local people will see we have listened to their feedback.”

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Here’s what the new neighbourhood planned for the site of the old driving school by Byron Park could look like. Image: Harrow Council

Nick Williams, Regional Managing Director, Wates Residential said: “We’re delighted that London Borough of Harrow has adopted the updated Business Plans, demonstrating the strength of our partnership approach to housing delivery.

“In response to industry challenges these updated proposals will provide for safer and more sustainable homes and places. We’re excited to develop these proposals in consultation with the local community, with the first of the new homes anticipated to be starting on site next year”.

In addition, Byron Quarter (Phase 1) has been revised to include lower buildings, more family homes, and better integration with the area, offering 149 new homes with 27% as affordable housing.

Poets Corner will feature new homes, open spaces, improved connectivity to a train station, and commercial space, with designs focused on lower height and density.

The overall development includes 1,100 homes, with 15% designated as affordable. Efforts are underway to raise this to 20% through grant funding. Phase 2 of Grange Farm’s redevelopment is planned for the next year, while Milton Road construction continues with 36 affordable homes, slated for completion by December 2024.

Peel Road Car Park redevelopment is on hold, with plans for later review, and the proposed Civic Centre at Greenhill Way has been discontinued. Public consultations are scheduled later this year, followed by further planning stages.

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