Heart of Metroland, home of the suburbs: protecting Harrow’s character

Harrow Council takes action to remain true to the borough’s character.

Planning policies and regeneration plans are being reviewed as part of the new administration’s pledge to limit tall buildings and inappropriate conversions.

The review on new structures will take into consideration the impact on the local area, character and height of buildings. The council intends to adopt policies to protect the borough from inappropriate development.

Quality of homes, living standards and the design of conversions will also be reviewed to ensure it complements the character of the local area and that it accommodates additions such as bin storage or garages.

Cllr Marilyn Ashton, Deputy Leader and cabinet member for Planning and Regeneration said:

“We must protect our suburbs – it’s what people expect the council to do. That’s why we are working hard to get this right and stop tall buildings and inappropriate developments from being built.

“This administration will do all it can to put residents first and protect the character of Harrow. We will adopt new policies and give our planners the power to stop unsuitable developments from going ahead”.

The council will now prepare a Tall Buildings Supplementary Planning Document and residential conversion guidance which will soon be adopted and used in planning decisions.

This will provide more clarity on what the council considers to be acceptable to the character of the area. It will draw upon the existing development plan (London Plan 2021 and Harrow Local Plan) and the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF).

The remaining priorities are: 

  • An hour's free parking
  • Fly-tipping and street cleaning, with free bulky waste collections.  
  • Enforcement: Houses of Multiple Occupation (HMOs), beds in sheds and planning
  • Treating residents and business as valued customers.

Published: 22nd June 2022