Harrow Local Plan Call for Sites Consultation

The Council is in the process of preparing a New Local Plan for the Borough. This will set out a strategic vision and framework for how the borough may  develop and change over the next 15-20 years. It will provide details on the locations where the development of new housing retail, employment, community uses, etc may occur.

The Local Plan will also include policies to determine applications for new development and  manage uses. These will help ensure new development follows good design principles, supports the delivery of affordable housing, supports the local economy in terms of creating jobs, sustaining town centres, supports the delivery of new or enhanced local infrastructure (.e.g. health care, public transport, schools, open spaces), addresses the causes of, and impacts of, climate change and promotes the sustainable development of the Borough. 

Call for sites

The ‘Call for Sites’ process is an opportunity for landowners, developers, agents and site promoters to submit sites to the Council, which are considered to have the potential for future development, either the short-term (1-5 years), medium-term (5-10 years) or long-term (10-15 years). We are also interested in knowing whether any members of public are aware of any sites or land that may be suitable for different types of new developments or uses (e.g. vacant or poorly used sites or premises), to enable the Council to investigate these further.

By engaging at this early stage of the plan making process you will be able to submit proposals for consideration for site allocation(s), for future use or development of land such as:

  • Housing;
  • Employment;
  • Retail;
  • Leisure;
  • Community uses;
  • Art, culture and tourism; and
  • Mixed use development.

Sites should meet the following criteria to be included in the assessment: 

  • It is wholly or partially within the Harrow Local Planning Authority. 
  • Whilst there is no minimum size threshold, sites should contribute to meeting strategic goals and typically be of a scale exceeding 0.25ha of developable land (or can accommodate 500 sqm of floorspace).

Please note, whilst there is no maximum size of site; separate parcels of land which adjoin or overlap should not be submitted, as we need to only see the full extent of available land for the assessment.

We encourage those submitting large, strategic scale sites to work collaboratively with adjoining landowners/promoters, where appropriate, to ensure that a coordinated and comprehensive approach is taken in establishing their development potential. To enable consideration of the full range of sites that maybe potentially developable, sites can be greenfield or previously developed (brownfield) land.

How to submit sites

An online digital portal has been developed to help deliver an easier, more efficient and transparent service for landowners, promoters and other stakeholders’ communities which allows users to propose sites and submit supporting information directly.

Please click on the weblink below to complete the online Call for sites form. This will enable stakeholders to provide site information such as; its location, existing/proposed uses, potential development capacity, delivery timescales, whether any suitability, availability or delivery constraints apply. In addition, it allows the attachment of any relevant information to support their proposals for their site.

Please provide all the requested information for the site. Detailed information will allow for a more effective appraisal of the site(s) suitability for inclusion in the Local Plan. We cannot accept anonymous submissions as we may need to contact you in the future regarding the site submission.

Submit a site

Timeframes 

The Call sites consultation will take place between 26th February to 25th April 2024, during the same time as the Harrow Local Plan Regulation 18 Consultation. It is recommended that all stakeholders should try to submit their potential sites within this consultation period, to enable the Council to consider the suitability of these for potential allocation within the Local Plan, during the early stages of the Plan making process. The Council will continue to accept any site submissions from stakeholders after the formal consultation period ends, but it should be noted that we may be unable to consider any site submissions at the late stage of the plan making process (e.g. after the Plan is submitted to Secretary of State for an independent public examination).

Next Steps

An objective assessment of the submitted sites will be carried out, to assess their suitability against the guidelines within the National Planning Policy Framework, Planning Practice Guidance and the London Plan (2021). This will help determine which sites should be considered for potential inclusion as allocations in the Local Plan. This will be published as part of the Local Plan - evidence base. Any submitted sites  may be subject to a future public and stakeholder consultation. Therefore, please make it clear in your submission(s) if any information is commercially sensitive / confidential so it can be excluded from any publications.

There will be further opportunities to make comments on proposed site allocations during formal public consultation on the Local Plan 

The submission of a site provides no guarantee that it will be allocated in the Local Plan or for the suggested use.  Only appropriate and deliverable sites will be taken forward in the Local Plan. . We will provide you with an explanation and reasons if your suggested site is not taken forward. Any sites identified as suitable via the Local Plan evidence base does not mean planning permission will automatically be granted. Proposals for development will still be subject to detailed planning consideration, taking into account the development plan and other material considerations.

If you require any further assistance or have any queries regarding the submission of sites and completing the online form, email the policy team at localplan@harrow.gov.uk