Concerns have been raised following a decision to build new homes on the land currently used as Stanmore’s tube station car park.
Residents claim it will cause chaos near to the station during peak times and mean valuable spaces in the town may be used by commuters heading into London on the Jubilee line.
The decision has been made as part of Sadiq Khan’s new London Development Panel (LDP) and will affect Stanmore, Canons Park and Rayners Lane tube station car parks.
In total 400 affordable homes will be built across the three car parks with the scheme led by Transport for London (TfL).
The development will go ahead once a building partner is agreed an TfL have launched a detailed consultation process for neighbouring communities.
The car park currently has 450 parking bays, including 12 disabled bays. The area of land available for development amounts to 1.51 ha (3.15 acres).
Stanmore resident, Robyn Mitchell, told My Stanmore News: “It seems crazy that they can close such a busy car park.
“It will force commuters into the town or to park in residential areas. The impact could be huge although I accept more affordable housing is needed; there must be better sites.”
Cllr Keith Ferry, Deputy Leader of Harrow Council, said: “The delivery of affordable housing is a crucial part of our plans to build a better Harrow, and we welcome this initiative from TfL.
“The opportunity to improve step-free access at Stanmore station is particularly important to us. We look forward to working with TfL and the selected developer to make sure these developments are of good quality and improve their neighbourhoods.”
Graeme Craig, Director of Commercial Development at TfL, said: “Located in prime locations, immediately adjacent to tube stations, these sites present an exciting opportunity for us to provide 100 per cent affordable homes for Londoners who desperately need them.
“This is one of a number of examples of how we’re working with the mayor to transform neighbourhoods across the capital and generate hundreds of millions of pounds to plough back into the transport network.”
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