Plans for a 104-room “high class HMO” were approved, despite some concerns around the building’s design.

Harrow Council’s planning committee gave the green light to proposals for a nine-storey block in Lowlands Road last week.

It came despite claims from Conservative councillors on the committee that its design is “unattractive and uninspiring” and could have a detrimental impact on the area.

Cllr Marilyn Ashton, the group’s planning spokesman, said it “wouldn’t do justice” to the surrounding landscape, though she acknowledged the presence of other tall buildings.

Harrow Council officers deemed the design appropriate for the area and pointed out it will provide “a good standard of accommodation”.

The development will house 104 double rooms with washing facilities alongside shared kitchens and living spaces.

It is targeted at young professionals, though some councillors suggested it remains to be seen whether this will be the case.

Cllr Anjana Patel, who represents Belmont ward, described the scheme as a “high class HMO” (house in multiple occupation).

However, Cllr Ghazanfar Ali, deputy chairman of the planning committee, said he welcomed these types of developments in Harrow, noting that they will be particularly attractive to key workers who want to live in a town centre location.