by Natalie Vincent Wed 14 March 2018, 4:28 pm
A residential developer has praised Harrow Council for its commitment to regeneration, during a speaking slot to discuss growth opportunities in the borough at MIPIM in Cannes on 13 March.
Tom Shaw, operations director in development at Hyde Housing, said: "We were supported all the way through by the planning team and even the councillors in Harrow; they are genuinely committed to getting schemes off the ground and we’ve found it [Harrow] to be one of the best investments we've made."
Chaired by Fiona Scott, founder of architect firm Gort Scott, the panel also included Paul Nichols, divisional director of regeneration, enterprise and planning at Harrow Council; Juliemma McLoughlin, assistant director of planning at Greater London Authority (GLA); Richard Lavington, director at Maccreanor Lavington Architects and Jamie Ounan, director of property consultant Inner Circle.
Shaw outlined Hyde Housing's activities in Harrow, which includes a joint venture (JV) 460-unit housing development with Barratt Homes, on the site of the former Kodak factory: "We bought into the vision of 'Build a Better Harrow' and now it represents about 20% of our programme over the next five years."
Nichols spoke about the impact of major employers leaving the borough: "The local economy is vital to us, as we [have] lost so many jobs through converting offices to other uses, and major employers like Kodak disappearing from the borough."
He highlighted Harrow's development over the last five years, and spoke about delivering 13,000 homes as part of the mayor of London’s Draft London Plan, a project which is expected to take 10 years: "What I and my colleagues in the GLA are looking at is a much steeper rate of growth, potentially about four times the growth we were looking at, prior to the London Plan."
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