Changes have caused “substantial harm” to listed courthouse

Changes made to the former magistrates’ court in Rosslyn Crescent may have to be reversed after its new owners removed historic features without permission.

In March this year the Grade II Listed building was bought by local charity the Jaspar Foundation with the aim of turning it into a day centre for elderly members of the Asian community.

But it emerged alterations made to the inside of the building, including the removal of original court fittings, doors and radiators, may have breached planning rules for listed buildings.

The charity has applied for retrospective planning consent for the changes, which also include removing doors and radiators, and replacing parquet flooring with carpet.

But a report to Harrow Council’s planning committee said the adaptations caused “substantial overall harm to the special interest of the courthouse” and recommended permission be refused.

Committee members decided to defer making a decision until they had a chance to visit the building.

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