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Concerns raised over proposals for Anmer Lodge
Concerns have been raised about plans for the development of a former resource centre which include the building of new homes and a supermarket.
As previously reported in the Harrow Times, plans for the site Anmer Lodge in Coverdale Close, Stanmore, have been revealed by developers.
The proposals come following a deal between Harrow Borough Council, Notting Hill Housing and Marks & Spencer, however concerns about the authorities handling of the site previously.
Conservative councillor for Stanmore Park Marilyn Ashton said: “I am very concerned that the Council’s Labour and Independent Labour administrations have conducted nearly all the business on Anmer Lodge behind closed doors.
“Stanmore Park councillors have also been kept completely in the dark, and we were even denied the names of the possible developers for the site.
"Incredibly, when I submitted an FoI (Freedom of Information) request last year, I was told that correspondence between the council and potential developers had been deleted.
“The amount of information I got back was pathetically limited, and in no way assisted in revealing what the Council’s plans were.
“Anmer Lodge is a key district centre, so the decision to sell it for development won’t just affect Stanmore residents, but those in Belmont and Canons as well.
“It is therefore absolutely vital that Notting Hill Housing succeed where the Council has failed; in communicating their plans and listening to residents, democratically elected representatives, and those who know the area best.”
Philip Loveland-Cooper head of the council’s corporate estate says the council has worked to be as open as possible about tender process surrounding Anmer Lodge.
He said: “This has included consulting residents at the very beginning of the process and keeping ward Councillors informed as it progressed.
“Ward Councillors were recently given a very detailed verbal briefing from senior council officers.
“The council is legally obliged to keep some aspects of the process confidential, such as some financial elements or commercially sensitive information, and will always explain the reasons why it has to do so.”
Notting Hill Housing say a consultation of people living in the area and other major stakeholders on the early designs for the site will begin soon.
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