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‘BIG CONCERN’: Harrow Council approves guidance on construction of tall buildings

 Published on: 8th August 2023   |   By: Panayiota Demosthenous   |   Category: Uncategorized

New guidance around the construction of tall buildings in the borough has been approved by Harrow Council.

At a meeting on July 27, Harrow Council approved the revised Tall Buildings (Building Heights) Supplementary Planning Document (SPD).

This follows a seven-week consultation in March 2023, where residents raised concerns over the threat tall buildings pose to “the character of Pinner”.

The Pinner Association commented in one of the meetings: “Suburban areas and the older ‘village’ parts of the borough should be protected from the detriment to their character that buildings taller than the established building height of an area could cause.”

In the consultation report, attention was drawn to the six-storey Trinity Court building that is visible from Pinner town centre, which is said to have “a severe detrimental effect on the character of the area”.

After approval, the SPD will now become a material consideration in the determination of relevant planning applications.

Councillor Marilyn Ashton, Deputy Leader of the council and cabinet member for planning and regeneration, said: “We know that the height of buildings is a big concern for many residents.

“I’m very pleased that the SPD will be in place to provide clarity as to what sort of developments the council will and won’t accept in relation to the lower-rise suburban areas. The guidance will help ensure a high-quality environment that residents can be proud of.”

Photo credit: Harrow Council

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