Go-ahead for 1,226 north London homes on site allocated for 800 units

A north London council has approved plans for 1,226 homes on a site allocated for just 800 units after officers advised that, due to local housing targets being set to increase following the adoption of the new London Plan, the scheme would be "appropriate and welcomed".

A visualisation of part of the finished scheme (pic: Harrow View LLP)
A visualisation of part of the finished scheme (pic: Harrow View LLP)

Last week, the London Borough of Harrow approved a full planning application for development plots D1, D2, D4, D5 and D6 in zone ‘D’ within the wider Harrow View East masterplan site, which secured planning consent in 2015.

According to a Harrow Council planning report, the 2015 approval stipulated that zone ‘D’ would accommodate up to 800 homes and be restricted to buildings rising up to 10 storeys.

The full planning application, submitted by Harrow View LLP, sought consent for 1,226 new homes in buildings rising up to 18 storeys at the former Kodak factory site.

The report advised that the proposal would secure a 40 per cent level of affordable housing level, "the minimum affordable housing target set out in the development plan".

Addressing the increase in housing numbers, the report said that, "whilst it is acknowledged that concerns have been raised with regards to the increased heights of the buildings and the subsequent increase in density, such an increase would be supported in strategic terms by optimising site potential and density through high quality design".

The report added that the increase in density would be "appropriate at this location given the Housing Zone designation and the site being located within Harrow and Wealdstone Opportunity Area".

According to the document, officers "acknowledged" that the supply of land "available to deliver high density schemes in order to meet current housing targets" is limited. Given "that these targets are set to increase further through the adoption of the new London Plan", they added, the council "is required to consider where suitable to maximum development potential on brownfield land, in particular on key strategic sites".

Planners concluded that "further optimisation of the site would be considered appropriate and welcomed".

In January 2018, Harrow Council refused plans for the addition of 255 homes to an extant planning consent for 314 units on the separate parcel of land at the masterplan site. This was against a recommendation from planners who had concluded that the scheme's increased density was justified in planning policy terms.

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