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Wealdstone's Kodak Site redevelopment scheme meets mixed reaction
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.”