Rejected Stanmore station proposals could have second chance

Rejected plans for a series of tower blocks on a London Underground station car park could be given a second chance after being reviewed by the Mayor.

Sadiq Khan has called in an application for 277 new homes in buildings up to 11 storeys high at Stanmore station. 

It was blocked by Harrow Council following strong opposition from residents, who suggested the proposals were “out of character” with the area and “didn’t meet local needs”. 

The plans would have seen around a 33 per cent drop in the number of available parking spaces at the station, with 146 being removed to make way for the homes. 

Conservative councillor Ameet Jogia said he was “surprised” to see Mr Khan take another look at the plans given the feelings of those living close to the station and the council’s decision. 

He said: “I’m very, very disappointed with the news – I was quite shocked and given the level of opposition we saw. 

“And that’s not just from people in Stanmore, it would have a negative impact on the whole borough. 

“How they can think this would be a good idea, I don’t know. It’s as if they don’t really seem to care about the people of Stanmore. 

“They are a very resilient community, though, and we will keep fighting to make sure their voices are heard.”

The proposals, put forward by Transport for London (TfL) and housing association Catalyst, were deemed 100 per cent affordable. 

However, local councillor Marilyn Ashton said this did not mitigate the detrimental impact it would have on the surrounding neighbourhoods. 

She told a July planning meeting: “This development is totally out of the question.

“This [11-storey] building is going to do substantial harm, not only to the conservation area but also to the character of the area.

“There can be no justification for a development of this scale, mass, bulk, and height – end of.”

Harrow Conservatives put forward an amendment to the application to reduce the chances of any appeals, but this was blocked by the Labour-majority planning committee. 

Cllr Jogia said the “door had been left open” and, as a result, was now subject to the mayor’s review. 

Sadiq Khan’s office said it would not comment on the developments due to concerns about prejudicing any hearing.

TfL has been contacted for comment.

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