Jan 12 2017

Mayor gives two-fingers to Harrow’s Planning Committee

cllr_barry_mcleod-cullinaneDear Editor

Mayor gives two-fingers to Harrow’s Planning Committee as he backs the “two-fingers to Harrow” planning application!

Having been rejected by Harrow’s Planning Committee in November, plans to build several 17-storey blocks of flats in Wealdstone have been given a new lease of life by the Labour Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan.

The proposal for 17-storey blocks to be built in an area of Wealdstone characterised by low-rise terraced housing was described as “sticking two-fingers up to Harrow”. A near record number of reasons were listed by the Planning Committee for refusal, including: excessive height, bulk, massing, and significant overlooking.

Further, the Council’s planning strategy envisioned developments limited to just 6-storeys in that location — straddling George Gange Way between Masons Avenue and Palmerston Road — except in exceptional circumstances which simply do not apply. The Planning Committee rejected claims that the “two fingers to Harrow” planning application would be in any way a “landmark building” beyond being a blight on the landscape.

Cllr Barry Macleod-Cullinane said: “The Mayor of London, Labour’s Sadiq Khan, has given new life to Labour-run Harrow Council’s ill-conceived plan to build high-rise tower blocks in an area of low-rise terraced housing.

Harrow’s Planning Committee rightly rejected what’s been called the “two-fingers to Harrow” application of twin 17 storey blocks of flats due to concerns for their height, overlooking and for being downright ugly. Sadiq Khan’s announcement effectively sticks two fingers up to Harrow residents, its planning committee and the whole borough, making it quite clear Labour wants to impose 17 storey tower blocks on Wealdstone’s residents.”

Cllr Barry Macleod-Cullinane
Deputy Leader, Harrow Conservative Group

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    Public have petitioned about tower blocks in HARROW now Wealdstone but College Rd and Gayton get the go ahead . These are residential areas and we do not want 20 storey blocks + all these extra people and existing crowded roads . Same wirh Kodak and CIVIC CTR
    Seems neiither Lab LIib Cons ave tried to defer this decision WHY NO ASK THE PUBLIC

    1. Someonewhocares

      There is certainly a long history here of the Local Planning experts being over-ruled of course by various external bodies/individuals – totally regardless of what the LOCALS want.

      So yes, if we don’t like any of it we can just write obviously to the Mayor OURSELVES:-

      Mayor Sadiq Khan
      City Hall
      The Queen’s Walk
      London, SE1 2AA

      Spread the word to all those affected!

  2. Wealdstone Warrior

    If Sadiq Khan allows this development to go ahead it will be an absolute disaster for Wealdstone. The planning application is now in Sadiq’s hands and will go to a public hearing.

    For those who are against this development, put your case forward here: https://www.london.gov.uk/what-we-do/planning/planning-applications-and-decisions/public-hearings/palmerston-road

    The link to the original planning application P/1619/16 on Harrow Council’s website does not appear to work and I have reported this to City Hall on the generic email of palmerstonroad@london.gov.uk

    As with anything on the hopeless and appalling Harrow Council website, put the planning Ref into Google and eventually you will find it.

    There is not a closing date to submit comments against the development, but I would encourage people to get these in as soon as possible.

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