by Noella Pio Kivlehan Thu 29 June 2017, 5:12 pm
Harrow's potential for multimillion pound development opportunities and investment was highlighted at the launch of the fourth issue of BIG magazine last night in central London.
The event at 30 Euston Square, Euston, featured speeches from Councillor Sachin Shah, council leader and strategic partnerships and devolution portfolio holder and Paul Nichols, divisional director regeneration, planning and enterprise at Harrow Council. They provided updates on the numerous development projects in the borough to more than 80 delegates, including private sector companies, following Harrow’s successful delegation to MIPIM in March.
Shah and Nichols highlighted the key opportunities for potential development partners and contractors on major sites in the Harrow and Wealdstone Opportunity Area and Housing Zone – all part of the council’s £1.75 billion regeneration plan.
There was also an update on several schemes approaching planning, including the new Civic Centre building in Wealdstone – with 950 homes planned, and the 4.5ha leisure centre project, that Nichols described as “a prime development site waiting to happen."
He added: “The leisure centre site will be a two-phase development, which is to be leisure-led with 900 homes and built in a phasing programme with a nine-year roll-out."
On Greenhill Way, Nichols said: "This site has significant potential as long as we keep some public parking. There is real scope for a town centre scheme. We are keeping an open mind and not taking it through planning because we are going to get a partner on board as we are not experts on town centre development.”
With all the development happening in Harrow, Shah made a plea to any potential development partners. He said: “We want to make sure we don’t forget the culture of Harrow. It’s important in all of our schemes we look at the history of Harrow as well as its future.”
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