First it was going to be a 71-bed care home, then an 85-bed care home. And now, five years later, the old Tithe Farm public house (latterly know as ‘The Matrix’) seems destined to become 60+ development of one, two and three bedroom flats (‘units’ in CouncilSpeak).
With an expected population of 171 people (of which, admittedly, some will be too young or old to drive) how many parking spaces are being included in the design? Just 50. And of those 50, six will be reserved for Blue Badge holders, ten will be ‘active’ electric charge points, and ten will be ‘passive’ electric charge points. Which brings the number of spaces, for the average Mondeo-driving man-in-the-street to 24 spaces.
On a brighter note, residents will have space for 113 cycle parking spaces (presumably areas of the building that couldn’t be turned into a residential ‘unit’) allowing them to make use of Harrow’s fine cycleways along one of the busiest, and arguably, most dangerous roads in South Harrow. there’s no mention of secured parking for scooters or motorcycles.
Bizarrely, the travel plan for the development estimates that there will be just 13 cars leaving the development in the morning peak, and 21 people walking. What the other 130-odd people are going to do all day isn’t explained either.
But enough of the travel and parking woes that this will create in the local streets of all hours of the day and night when people try and find on-street parking in already crammed roads. Let’s take a look at what’s planned:
Flat #2, for example, a cosy one-bedroom apartment, will benefit from the views over the local Tesco petrol station; Flat #31, which sleeps four, has two single beds placed head-to-head in the plans, indicating, perhaps, no other feasible arrangement for them.
Residents on Rowe Walk will have up to FOUR STORIES of flats overlooking their gardens – lets hope none of the locals like sunbathing naked.
The local councillors (Cllrs Bob Currie, Josephine Dooley and Graham Henson) were also consulted. None bothered to respond. Out of 150 letters delivered to local residents, three – yes, three – responses in support of the application determined ‘support for new housing in the area from local residents.’ The three negative responses clearly didn’t indicate to the developers, any feeling against the development.
Want to read the whole planning application and see the drawings? If the Council’s Planning Portal is working, go search for application number P/0640/16 here.