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Harrow Council defers discussion on Canons Park Station plans

Discussions around a major redevelopment scheme at a London Underground Station car park have been postponed to allow for a site visit by councillors.

Members of Harrow Council’s planning committee will visit Canons Park Station car park, and the surrounding area, to gauge the impact of the proposals.

Transport for London (TfL) and housing association Catalyst hope to build 118 new homes in three seven-storey blocks at the site.

However, there has been strong opposition to the scheme by those living near the station, who have expressed concerns around the impact on the surrounding area.

As well as criticising the scale and design of the proposed buildings, opponents argue that cutting 100 car parking spaces and introducing hundreds of new residents will put a strain on local infrastructure.

Cllr Marilyn Ashton, Harrow Conservatives’ spokesman on planning, said: “I really think it would be useful [to do a site visit] in this case.

“There are over 2,500 people who have signed a petition against it, there are 600 people who’ve objected to the statutory consultation.

“Therefore, it’s very contentious, and I think it’s the least we can do.”

She added it was important to have “a proper look” at the site and the impact any development would have and for members of the committee to “do the job properly”.

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Cllr Keith Ferry, chairman of the planning committee, suggested there “wouldn’t be much to gain” from a site visit since the committee is familiar with the site as a station car park.

But Cllr Ashton pointed out the proposals would have an impact on the wider area, including views of the Grade II listed 18th century landscape as seen from Canons Park.

“I think it’s very important that we take a walk into the park and see with our own eyes what this would actually look like,” she said.

Jonathan Cornelius, head of property development at TfL, said the schemes would provide “much needed affordable homes” alongside “sustainable links into central London”.

“We’ve engaged extensively with the public over the last year on our plans,” he added.

“These proposals are part of our wider plans for Harrow, which will see more than 500 much-needed affordable homes built in north- west London.”

The development is scheduled to be discussed at a later date, with a planning meeting in January put forward as a suggestion.


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