Harrow Town Centre 'eyesore' site purchase welcomed

Harrow Times: The former Royal Mail sorting office in College Road: a 19-story skyscraper would have to be of "world class" design The former Royal Mail sorting office in College Road: a 19-story skyscraper would have to be of "world class" design

A campaign group has welcomed the news that an "eyesore" town centre site has found a buyer.

Last week it was announced that housing group The Hyde Group had entered an agreement with Gaillard Homes to purchase the site of the former Royal Mail sorting office in College Road, Harrow.

The site was earmarked for housing by Harrow Borough Council in its Harrow and Wealdstone Area Action plan, which also includes an agreement in principle for a 19-storey skyscraper.

Plans for a skyscraper were rejected by Harrow Borough Council in 2011 but the building of a 19 storey structure was accepted by the Secretary of State, subject to "world class architectural design" being achieved.

Irene Wears, of the Campaign for a Better Harrow Environment (CBHE) said: “We are very happy that a new developer has taken on the site and we look forward to seeing the plans from the Hyde Group.

“It is an eyesore in the centre of the town and it hasn’t been used for years.

“We hope any plans are in keeping with Harrow and will be worthy of the area.”

Referring to the possibility of a 19-storey landmark skyscraper on the site, she said: “It’s not Manhattan, it's Harrow. I love The Shard but that is a building for central London.

“If we do have something that size here we hope it brings in more people to the area and it is something for the community.”

The purchase of the site by the Hyde Group for £9.5million was last week welcomed by Harrow Borough Council, which said it was a “strategically important" site.

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