Wealdstone's Kodak Site redevelopment scheme meets mixed reaction

Harrow Times: The plans include the creation of 1,000 new homes The plans include the creation of 1,000 new homes

There has been mixed reaction from shopkeepers to planning permission being given for the largest development in Harrow for 50 years.

The redevelopment of the Kodak Site, off Headstone Drive in Wealdstone, will create 1,500 new jobs, 985 new homes and 135,000sq ft of retail and community space including a new health centre and a primary school.

Mr G Davda, owner of the Londis in Headstone Drive, is worried that the new retail park will mean his business will lose customers.

He said: “We are worried about our bread and butter income.

“We have been here for 38-years and we will struggle to survive.”

Alkesh Desai, 52, owner of Desons Limited in Harrow View, said the development will mean an increase in population density which will cause a strain on resources.

He said: “More people will cause a severe strain on the resources of the council.

“There will be more revenue but I don’t think it will be enough.”

The project promises £10m of infrastructure on and off the site, including highway improvements, improved public transport facilities, local employment and training programmes and education.

Almost 200 affordable homes are also to be provided as part of the development proposals.

The plan will also contribute towards sport and open spaces, funding improvements to playing pitches and changing room facilities at nearby Council sites and a games area within the proposed primary school.

Yiannis Chirstofis, owner of Barracuda Fish Takeaway and Restaurants, said: “I don’t think we are going to lose out because of the amount of growth.

“It is a fresh and exciting time that will be hopefully bring life back to the parade.”
 

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6:58pm Thu 31 Jan 13

JoninHarrow says...

On the whole, developing the Kodak site is probably a good thing.

However, the question we should be asking is "Is Harrow Council competent to manage it?" This scheme is being touted as the biggest development project in Harrow for 50 years, and the Council's reputation for developing other sites is far from good.

Elsewhere, someone has commented that people didn't bother to comment or raise their concerns. Well, I visited the Civic Centre to complaint about the state of Harrow (in general) with all its closed shops and incomplete tower blocks.

I managed to speak to a gentleman from the Planning department, and found out about this new development. However, he could only suggest speaking to a local Councillor - none of whom are interested in speaking to me. Then a couple of weeks later, Kodak is "given the nod". What sort of public consultation is that?

Meanwhile, people have been posting pictures of how dilapidated and decrepit Harrow has become on Twitter, even local bloggers have highlighted the issue... http://www.iharrow.c
om/special-feature/a
rmpit-a-photo-collec
tion-of-harrow/

The problem is that our local Councillors are more interested in collecting their salaries and pushing their Party political agendas than doing what's right for the people who live and work in Harrow.
On the whole, developing the Kodak site is probably a good thing. However, the question we should be asking is "Is Harrow Council competent to manage it?" This scheme is being touted as the biggest development project in Harrow for 50 years, and the Council's reputation for developing other sites is far from good. Elsewhere, someone has commented that people didn't bother to comment or raise their concerns. Well, I visited the Civic Centre to complaint about the state of Harrow (in general) with all its closed shops and incomplete tower blocks. I managed to speak to a gentleman from the Planning department, and found out about this new development. However, he could only suggest speaking to a local Councillor - none of whom are interested in speaking to me. Then a couple of weeks later, Kodak is "given the nod". What sort of public consultation is that? Meanwhile, people have been posting pictures of how dilapidated and decrepit Harrow has become on Twitter, even local bloggers have highlighted the issue... http://www.iharrow.c om/special-feature/a rmpit-a-photo-collec tion-of-harrow/ The problem is that our local Councillors are more interested in collecting their salaries and pushing their Party political agendas than doing what's right for the people who live and work in Harrow. JoninHarrow
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6:58pm Thu 31 Jan 13

JoninHarrow says...

On the whole, developing the Kodak site is probably a good thing.

However, the question we should be asking is "Is Harrow Council competent to manage it?" This scheme is being touted as the biggest development project in Harrow for 50 years, and the Council's reputation for developing other sites is far from good.

Elsewhere, someone has commented that people didn't bother to comment or raise their concerns. Well, I visited the Civic Centre to complaint about the state of Harrow (in general) with all its closed shops and incomplete tower blocks.

I managed to speak to a gentleman from the Planning department, and found out about this new development. However, he could only suggest speaking to a local Councillor - none of whom are interested in speaking to me. Then a couple of weeks later, Kodak is "given the nod". What sort of public consultation is that?

Meanwhile, people have been posting pictures of how dilapidated and decrepit Harrow has become on Twitter, even local bloggers have highlighted the issue... http://www.iharrow.c
om/special-feature/a
rmpit-a-photo-collec
tion-of-harrow/

The problem is that our local Councillors are more interested in collecting their salaries and pushing their Party political agendas than doing what's right for the people who live and work in Harrow.
On the whole, developing the Kodak site is probably a good thing. However, the question we should be asking is "Is Harrow Council competent to manage it?" This scheme is being touted as the biggest development project in Harrow for 50 years, and the Council's reputation for developing other sites is far from good. Elsewhere, someone has commented that people didn't bother to comment or raise their concerns. Well, I visited the Civic Centre to complaint about the state of Harrow (in general) with all its closed shops and incomplete tower blocks. I managed to speak to a gentleman from the Planning department, and found out about this new development. However, he could only suggest speaking to a local Councillor - none of whom are interested in speaking to me. Then a couple of weeks later, Kodak is "given the nod". What sort of public consultation is that? Meanwhile, people have been posting pictures of how dilapidated and decrepit Harrow has become on Twitter, even local bloggers have highlighted the issue... http://www.iharrow.c om/special-feature/a rmpit-a-photo-collec tion-of-harrow/ The problem is that our local Councillors are more interested in collecting their salaries and pushing their Party political agendas than doing what's right for the people who live and work in Harrow. JoninHarrow
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2:18pm Fri 1 Feb 13

SeaBee says...

I hope that they are going to build some leisure facilities to keep the new occupants out of mischief as there will be no work for them, the only major industrial site in Harrow now being covered in new homes.
I hope that they are going to build some leisure facilities to keep the new occupants out of mischief as there will be no work for them, the only major industrial site in Harrow now being covered in new homes. SeaBee
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