The leader of Harrow Council has paid a visit to a new housing site, which seeks to build affordable homes in a “previously underutilised” area.

Cllr Sachin Shah was welcomed by Origin Housing to take a look at its latest development in Harrow’s Northolt Road.

The developers hope to transform this part of South Harrow with 116 new and affordable apartments.

Cllr Shah said: “I am pleased to see construction has begun on this high quality scheme.

“Harrow Council’s regeneration programme is building a better Harrow. This will mean more homes for Harrow residents and more jobs for the area too.

“Origin Housing has shown a commitment to delivering new homes across Harrow and this site will provide some of the affordable homes we need.”

The new housing in Northolt Road is part of the plan to deliver 500 new homes for Harrow over the next five years. A minimum of 40 per cent of these will be affordable.

There are also proposals to develop programmes in Palmerston Road near Harrow and Wealdstone Station and in Harrow Town Centre.

Carol Carter, chief executive of Origin Housing, said the company was excited to be working on a number of projects throughout the region in the hope of transforming it for the better.

She said: “We are passionate about delivering genuinely affordable housing, and we will continue to work in partnership with Harrow Council and the local community, to deliver high quality homes and amenities across the borough.”