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Harrow’s heart gets stronger

by Marco Cillario Fri 12 February 2016, 3:29 pm

A housing association has committed to play its part in the Heart of Harrow Housing Zone, which will see more than 5,000 homes built over the next 10 years.

Origin Housing, which provides affordable housing, care and support service in north London and Hertfordshire, is planning to deliver 500 homes during the lifetime of the programme. 

The Heart of Harrow Housing Zone, including Harrow and Wealdstone town centres, was one of the first areas to be named as a housing zone by the mayor of London and the GLA. It is part of a group of 20 areas of the capital considered to have high potential to grow and allocated £400 million to build 50,000 homes and to create 100,000 associated jobs over the next decade.

In February 2015, £31.3 million was awarded to build 1,679 homes, just under 40% of which are allocated as affordable.

Origin in June received planning permission to build 121 homes, more than half aimed at being affordable, on the site of the Cumberland Hotel next to Station Road. The association has announced it is in discussions with surrounding landowners to extend the development.

And in December, a plan involving Townsend and Eaton House on Northolt Road was granted permission subject to planning obligation to be set out by the divisional director of planning.

The plan involves the demolition of existing buildings and redevelopment of the site to deliver 116 homes in South Harrow, including affordable housing.

The housing association is also looking to create a masterplan for development at the centre of the Housing Zone, bringing its Palmerston Road and Deller sites together and delivering around 190 new homes and a new employment hub providing affordable office space for local businesses.

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