Plans for historic Harrow Magistrates Court, in Rosslyn Crescent, to go before Harrow Council planning committee

Plans for historic court house to go before planning committee

Plans for historic court house to go before planning committee

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Plans for building work in a historic courthouse which is now used as day centre will be discussed this week.

The latest set of proposals for Harrow Magistrates Court, in Rosslyn Crescent, will be discussed by Harrow Borough Council’s planning committee on Wednesday.

The plans are from charity the Jasper Foundation, based in Stanmore, which says the building will form a hub for activities for the Asian community such as providing meals and general welfare support.

Plans were submitted by the charity last year for retrospective planning permission for similar proposals, but they were thrown out due to unauthorised alterations to the inside of the grade II listed building.

A new revised application was submitted in April this year but in documents on the Harrow council planning website show officers have recommended the plans are rejected by councillors at the meeting this week.

In the documents the officers said: “The proposal is unacceptable by reason of the substantial overall harm to the special interest of the court house caused by the alteration, loss and relocation of historic fixtures and fittings.”

They add the proposals “fail to preserve or enhance the special interest of the listed building.”

The building had been used as the magistrates court from the mid-1930s until its closure in 2011.

The court was closed by the Government in that year as part of cost-cutting measures across the justice sector, which led to outrage in the community.

The building was sold by the Ministry of Justice in 2012. Legal proceedings had not been carried out at the building for a year.

Court cases are now heard at either Brent Magistrates Court, in Willesden, or Hendon Magistrates Court.

The planning committee are due to make a final decision on the proposals at Harrow Civic Centre, in station Road, on Wednesday, July 16 from 6.30pm.

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