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Feb 04 2016

Cllr Stephen Greek on Harrow Weald Conservation Area

conservative_logoHarrow Council has been told to think again over removing scores of houses from a Harrow Weald Conservation Area, after the opposition Conservative Group called-in the decision. Last month, the Labour administration pushed through Cabinet a revised Supplementary Planning Document for Harrow Weald which, among other alterations, changed a boundary that had been in place since 2006. Over 300 residents protested the change through consultation responses and petitions, with only four in favour. The decision will now be looked at and challenged in more detail next Monday, at a special Call-In Sub-Committee meeting. If the call-in is upheld, Cabinet will formally have to reconsider its original decision.

Cllr. Stephen Greek, Conservative Planning spokesman and local Harrow Weald councillor said: “The Conservation Area has operated very well for nearly 10 years. It’s popular with residents, and gives them piece of mind about what can and cannot be built in their neighbourhood. Without anything approaching a good reason, Labour are now stripping this protection away and in so doing are ignoring the vast majority of residents. Local people have been left frustrated and angry by an administration which hasn’t just ignored their protests, but which has now refused to meet with them on multiple occasions.”

He continued: “As far as we can tell, the only basis for this decision is highly a one-sided and subjective analysis conducted on some of the properties, along with a completely unsubstantiated concern that keeping these properties in the Conservation Area somehow weakens it. We hope to use the call-in process to challenge these lazy assumptions, to put the case on behalf of local residents, and to give the Labour administration an opportunity to rethink their deeply unjust decision.”

 

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  1. Christopher Langley

    So much of what made Harrow an interesting and potentially attractive Town and Borough has been lost through inconsiderate development and poor planning regulations. Sadly, good design examples are few and the damage irreversible. A recent BBC survey puts Harrow 2nd from the bottom of places to live and this is reflected in the location of choice for commuters who prefer anywhere but Harrow to set up home. This means that new faces move elsewhere, taking with them the ideas and knowledge,which makes a Town successful. So called benefits of development such as “2500 jobs will be created” are recycled just to tick boxes and accepted without question. The building of contemporary design flats or houses without any link to the existing architecture creates an impression of an amateur Council at work and it shows. Finally, to remove the protection of conservation is just another way of saying to residents, “there is no room for excellence, you must come down to the lowest denominator, which we will impose”.

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