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Derelict Harrow hotel to be demolished and turned into flats

A former Harrow hotel that has been derelict for five years is to be turned into flats after plans were approved by the council. Developers will demolish the vacant hotel to make way for an apartment block containing 22 flats, none of which will be affordable housing.

Karparsi Properties and KJDMS Limited have been given the green light to knock down the Lindal Hotel and adjacent flats on Hindes Road in Harrow and replace them with a new part-three, part-four, and part-five storey block. The hotel has been neglected since it closed down in 2019.

The 22 flats will be made up of 12 one-bedroom, six two-bedroom, and four three-bedroom, however, developers have said they ‘cannot support the delivery of affordable housing’ as the finances make it unviable.

Planning documents state that The Lindal Hotel had suffered from ‘several years of under investment’ prior to it closing down. Coupled with the opening of other hotels in the area, including a Travelodge that opened in 2019, meant there was ‘little prospect’ of The Lindal surviving without ‘significant investment’.

Developers described the site as ‘in a poor state of disrepair’ and is currently ‘heavily underutilised’. They feel it is ‘past its lifespan’ as a hotel, has little prospect of being used as a hotel again, and is in need of ‘urgent redevelopment’.

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Hindes Road Development CGI. The former Lindal Hotel is to be turned into flats after plans were approved by the council.

The Harrow Core Strategy outlines the objective to secure at least 40 per cent of new housing in the borough being ‘affordable’ on sites that deliver more than ten units. However, a Financial Viability Assessment found that it wouldn’t be possible to deliver the development if it had to meet this threshold. The site is classified as brownfield, which are key targets for urban development as part of the government’s plan to deliver more housing.

A report by Harrow Council planning officers states: “Officers concur and consider the scale of the development would limit the possibility for appropriate affordable housing to be delivered on site, and it is unlikely any registered social landlords would take on modest, ad-hoc housing in private blocks.”

It adds: “The proposed development would result in a modern, contemporary building within an area benefiting from excellent transport links, that responds positively to the local context, and would provide appropriate living conditions for future occupiers.”

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