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Council leader comments on ‘ambitious’ redevelopment plans for Harrow

Last week, Harrow reached a significant milestone in its regeneration efforts as the Cabinet approved new business plans for redeveloping council-owned land in the borough. The Harrow Council and Wates have partnered to bring development to the Opportunity Area in the heart of Harrow.

The redevelopment plans include transforming the Civic Centre on Station Road into Poets Corner and repurposing an old driving school near the Leisure Centre into Byron Quarter. Additionally, plans for the redevelopment of Grange Farm (Phase 2) and the progress on Milton Road were announced. Milton Road is expected to be completed by the end of the year, providing 100% affordable homes.

These proposals have been developed with a focus on community needs and environmental considerations. They aim to contribute to the sustainable development of Harrow, creating a vibrant and inclusive community. The partnership has also worked on reducing the height and density of previous designs while increasing the number of homes for families. New green spaces and community facilities are planned, along with sustainable design elements to enhance the living, working, and socializing experience for residents and businesses.

Despite disruptions caused by inflation and regulatory changes, the regeneration program is now back on track and heading into the next stage of development. Council Leader Cllr Paul Osborn and Deputy Marylin Ashton have commented on these new plans for Harrow.

Leader of 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 said: “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.”