Work is set to begin on the redevelopment of a housing estate in Harrow that will provide almost 600 new homes.

Harrow Council’s cabinet approved plans for ‘phase one’ of the redevelopment of Grange Farm, in South Harrow, last night (April 11).

It will provide 574 new homes – of which almost half are deemed affordable – and will revamp a dilapidated estate that has long been in need of an overhaul.

Cllr Philip O’Dell, responsible for housing at Harrow Council, explained that some of the existing properties have been boarded up and demolition is scheduled for October 1.

He added that current Grange Farm residents are being moved to “suitable accommodation” while work takes place.

Cllr Graham Henson, leader of Harrow Council, described the current conditions as “appalling”, since the prefab blocks were “not built to last so long”.

“It should have happened many years ago, but we’ve got a great design now,” he said.

“It’s exciting to build this number of properties and it should have a positive impact on many people’s lives.”

He added that the process has “not been without challenge” but was pleased to see the council “working with residents throughout”.

This point was backed up by deputy leader and regeneration member Cllr Keith Ferry, who explained that there have been thorough dealings with neighbours and the Greater London Authority to ensure that everything is in place properly.

He said: “This has taken quite a long time to come to fruition, but it is an indication that we don’t rush thigs. We’ve waited until we’ve got things right – and now we’ll do them.”

His words could be taken as a response to the Conservative opposition, which criticised the administration over missed targets and a lack of direction when it comes to regeneration.