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