Tesco decision delayed

A decision on Tesco’s plans for a multi-million pound expansion to its Station Road store has been delayed to allow planning committee members to inspect the site.

Harrow Council’s planning committee was due to consider the proposals for a much bigger Tesco Extra store at a meeting on Wednesday (December 14).

But councillors on the committee said they did not feel able to judge the plans without viewing the site.

Rayners Lane councillor Joyce Nickolay (Conservative) said she needed a site visit to gain a better understanding of the impact of the development on the surrounding area.

She said “a 12-minute presentation” by planning officers was not enough to make an informed decision on such a large-scale application.

Greenhill ward councillor Bill Philips (Labour) also backed a site visit. He said he knew the site very well as he lived nearby but added: “I accept others may not know it as well as I do.”

A decision on the plans will now be delayed until the New Year.


Have your say on street lights

Harrow Council is asking for residents’ views on the best way to save money on street lighting.

The council has put forward four options designed to cut costs and save energy, which include dimming street lights or turning them off completely for some of the night.

Currently street lights, illuminated signs and beacons cost the council £730,000 a year.

Residents can respond to the consultation online here or pick up a form at the Civic Centre library. Responses must be in by December 31.

Tesco plans

Supermarket chain Tesco has submitted revised plans for an extension to the store in Station Road.

The plans include adding a second level to the existing store and creating a multi-storey car park plus new shops and flats fronting Station Road.

The plans will be considered by Harrow Council’s planning committee at a meeting on December 14.

You can view the plans online at Harrow Council’s website here and make comments. Go to the planning search facility and type in P/0832/11

HCRA will be submitting a response to the proposals and would like to hear the views of residents.

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