Devil in the detail
by James Renoux-Wood Mon 13 March 2017, 10:03 am
Harrow Council has launched its ‘Better Design’ programme, which aims to improve the quality of design and architecture in new developments across the borough.
This will include a panel, which will scrutinise buildings in large residential schemes, schools, public buildings, infrastructure and projects in the public realm. Schemes in the borough will be looked at both before and after applications are submitted for planning permission.
The panel will consist of up to 25 experts in architecture, urban design, conservation, engineering and sustainable development. Harrow Council is now recruiting for the positions.
Councillor Keith Ferry, Harrow Council’s portfolio holder for business, planning and regeneration, 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.”
As many as 5,500 homes are being built in Harrow in the coming years, along with schools, libraries and workspace.
The borough is set to benefit from capital investment of up to £1.75 billion – including £31 million of investment from the Mayor of London.
Harrow Council itself is aiming to build more than 1,800 homes and 600 ‘build-to-rent’ properties on its own land, along with a new civic centre, libraries, social care facilities and potentially a new leisure centre.
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