West London town hall will be bulldozed for new civic centre and 1,500 new homes

A West London town hall is set to be bulldozed and replaced by hundreds of new homes.

The new homes will be built on the site of Harrow Civic Centre and its car park in the area of the town known as Poets Corner.

It is part of a £690 million revamp for the borough, which aims to provide 1,500 new homes across three council-owned sites and a new civic centre in Wealdstone.

This week signs were placed on cars at the civic centre, letting drivers know the car park will be permanently closing on Monday (November 22).

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The council explained any vehicles left in the car park after this date will be removed at the owner’s expense.

There are plans to move council operations to the council depot in Forward Drive while construction of the new civic centre is carried out.

The new town hall is expected to be much smaller than first anticipated – and cost £20 million less – due to changes in working habits following the Covid-19 pandemic.

Services will then be divided between the depot, which will act as “the principal focus for staff”, and the new civic centre, which will remain Harrow’s “main civic building”.

This major regeneration plan has been a hot topic of debate among councillors in Harrow.

The Labour administration has insisted it will not cost the taxpayer a penny and will only benefit the borough.

But the opposition Conservative Group has criticised a series of delays and suggested residents are not getting best value for money.

Harrow Council leader Cllr Graham Henson said: “ Harrow is crying out for high-quality affordable housing.

“Too many people are trapped in unsuitable, overcrowded accommodation. They deserve places to live that will support their success and allow their families to flourish.

“We are committed to doing all that we can to meet Harrow’s future needs within our existing developed environment.

“That means using sites like these much more efficiently. By making this commitment, we can protect our precious greenbelt and ensure that the development proposals we bring forward are appropriate, sustainable and backed by investment in infrastructure.”

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