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Small Sites Design Code Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) Consultation

Help influence the design of new development in Harrow

Harrow Council is consulting on a draft Design Code which will provide design guidance for new development in Harrow. This is your opportunity to assist in shaping the draft design guidance. 

The Government and the Mayor of London have identified the need to increase the development of housing on small sites (less than 0.25ha). The quality of the design of such developments is important to ensure they are appropriate for the area.

To assist in achieving high quality design of small site developments, Harrow Council has prepared a draft Small Sites Design Code. 

The purpose of the Design Code will be to provide design guidance for development on small sites within the borough. It seeks to support and provide further guidance to policies in the current Harrow Local Plan (and any subsequent Plans) as well as the London Plan 2021. Specifically, Policy H2: Small Sites of the London Plan (2021) indicates that boroughs should pro-actively support well-designed new homes on small sites, in order to significantly increase the contribution of small sites to meet London’s housing needs. 

The draft Design Code provides Harrow-specific design guidance, reflecting Harrow’s character and context as identified in the Harrow Characterisation Study 2021.

Once finalised, the draft Design Code will be adopted as a Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) to the Harrow Local Plan.

Please provide us with your views

The draft Design Code is intended to provide guidance to applicants, designers, developers and residents, with respect to the design of new development on small sites. The Council is therefore seeking input into the draft document from stakeholders and public to shape its final form prior to adoption.

The consultation period runs from Friday 17 December 2021 to 7 February 2022. Please read the draft Design Code document below before completing your response.

Please contact us if you wish to discuss document access.

Consultation Responses / Questionnaire

Please let us know how the draft Design Code should be changed. Any comments on the draft Design Code should preferably be made using the questionnaire available below. 

Complete the questionnaire

Your feedback can also be submitted using the following methods:

  • By email to: ldf@harrow.gov.uk 
  • By post to: Planning Policy Team, Civic Centre, Station Road, Harrow, HA1 2UY

Any representations should be submitted before midnight on Monday 7 February 2022.

Consultation Events

The Planning Policy Team and architects / urban designers Hawkins\Brown will be available online to discuss the draft Design Code at the following times:

  • Thursday 20 January 2022, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
  • Tuesday 25 January 2022, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Both online events will be conducted by Zoom (see details below) and will include a brief presentation on the draft document followed by a facilitated question and answer session (including snap polls). Simply click on the link below to join the meeting on your chosen date. Registration is not required, but it is helpful if you could notify us of your intention to join us, so we know how many to expect. Please e-mail: ldf@harrow.gov.uk

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Further information

For further information, please contact the Harrow Planning Policy Team at ldf@harrow.gov.uk or call  077 3159 1724.