Aug 30 2012 by Ian Proctor, Harrow Observer
A RELIGIOUS hostel could welcome both male and female guests if revised plans to convert the former offices of the Harrow Observer are given the go-ahead.
The Jaya Shree Charitable Trust, an organisation based in Kynaston Wood, Harrow Weald, that provides living space for Hare Krishna followers, won planning permission from Harrow Council in October 2010 to use the ground and first floors of Observer House in Greenhill Way as accommodation for visiting overseas male students.
The council recently advised that proposed internal alterations – needed to be able to admit the genders equally – required the submission and approval of a fresh set of plans and it was these that the trust lodged on Monday.
Its accompanying planning statement said: “The approved scheme included showers, wash basins and toilets only on the first-floor, and therefore allowed only occupation by men.
“The changes now proposed will provide these facilities on both floors and will allow the hostel to be used by men and women on separate floors. This will mean that 22 residents can be accommodated, excluding the warden.”
The trust said all residents must adhere to the Hare Krishna way of life and will work as a group to cook, clean and take part in charity events including those at the Bhaktivedanta Manor temple near Watford in Hertfordshire, the UK headquarters of the International Society for Krishna Consciousnesss.