Harrow Council seeks design talent to inform regeneration featuring new public squares and green spaces

Harrow Council has launched a search for a design panel to assist in the London borough's £1.75 billion regeneration.

The Building A Better Harrow website
The Building A Better Harrow website

The panel will inform the Better Design programme, dedicated to improving the quality of design and architecture in new developments across Harrow, and scrutinise major developments for quality during the planning process.

The regeneration will feature 5,500 new homes, two schools, up to eight rebuilt schools and 30 expansions, new infrastructure in partnership with Transport for London, an improved public realm and new public squares and green spaces.

Harrow Council itself is aiming to build more than 1,800 new homes and 600 ‘build to rent’ homes on its own land, along with a new civic centre, libraries, social care facilities and potentially a new leisure centre.

Harrow Council’s portfolio holder for business, planning and regeneration councillor Keith Ferry said: "We’re determined to build a better Harrow – and that means better designed buildings with the right aspect and facilities to grow communities. This Better Design programme is going to help us do just that, with top class training for our in-house teams and expert advice to our planners and planning committee."

The Better Design Panel will comprise as many as 25 experts and look at all significant schemes put forward in the borough, both before and after they apply for planning permission. All significant development in Harrow will be eligible for design review, including large residential schemes, schools, public buildings, infrastructure projects and projects in the public realm.

The council has launched a website to keep residents informed of the status of projects, which contains useful information for practitioners, including the architects and contractors working on each project.

Separately, the Heritage Lottery Fund pledged initial support and £229,700 development funding to a £1.35 million regeneration of Headstone Manor Recreation Park in Harrow in July last year. 


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