The Plymouth Brethren’s proposals for the site at 265 The Ridgeway was rejected last year after a tireless two-year campaign from local campaigners; from groups such as West Harrow Allotment and Gardens Association, to Harrow in LEAF and the Harrow Beekeepers.
The Brethren have submitted an appeal to the Planning Inspectorate and I’m joining in calling again for public objections to the application. Many of the previous concerns remain; this will be a detriment to the local wildlife, it will blight West Harrow allotment and park users, and will not address a number of traffic related issues for neighbouring roads. Over 20 years ago, when I was a young Councillor, I remember opposing the sale of this land to the Plymouth Brethren. I understand the strong feeling of betrayal felt by many residents, as the Trust have continued to let us down over the past few years. In good faith, residents supported the Harrow Gospel Hall Trust to build on the land with no expectation that they would sell it and leave only some years later.
The covenant on the land was agreed with the council in order to keep it safeguarded for the purpose of community facilities and, while the Plymouth Brethren will spend millions in its appeal, the council have informed me they will not be lifting the covenant on the site. Please submit your objections online via tinyurl.com/38th7bbu by 11 April 2022.