Oct 4 2012 by Caitlin Black, Harrow Observer
FURIOUS neighbours have objected to proposals to build a nursery on a one-way residential street, which they claim will make worse an already congested road and put the safety of children at risk.
A plan was submitted to Harrow Council by We Buy Day Nurseries, part of The PMD Group, on August 10 for a change of use from residential to a day nursery with rear extensions and car parking to be accessed from the street at School House, Latimer Gardens, Pinner.
The site of the nursery is currently a single, detached house opposite Pinner Wood School which does not have vehicular access, so the plans propose to form a new access and provide parking spaces for up to six cars.
The nursery would have 51 children and be open from 7.30am to 6.45pm.
There have been 33 objections made urging the council to reject the scheme in the road, which already has a primary school.
Rex Graham, 44, of Latimer Gardens, said: “The biggest problem for me is the traffic and the increase in danger. Children use the zebra crossing all the time and with more cars coming down the one-way street, it’s going to cause problems.
“PMD have completely overlooked existing congestion and ignored the safety of children in their rush to make money. I would like them to do a proper review. It is just craziness.”
The head of Pinner Wood School in Latimer Gardens, said it has objected to the application as staff were worried about a possible increased risk to its pupils.
Headteacher Debra Spruce said: “I am concerned about the new build because of the increased pressure it will put on Latimer Gardens. Our governing body is already working with the council, road safety services and the police to try and improve issues related to traffic and I think any new business in Latimer Gardens will aggravate an already difficult situation.”
John McLaughlin, of Pinner Hill Road, Pinner, wrote to the council explaining his objections, which said: “I think this proposal is wrong primarily because of the impact on traffic and parking. There is already very little parking space in Latimer Gardens for residents. It would seem short-sighted for Harrow Council to approve this application. It would add further detriment to existing problems.”
Twenty-eight households in neighbouring streets were sent letters by the council explaining the application and the deadline for comments has been extended to Tuesday, October 23.
Director of We Buy Day Nurseries, Ibi Alan said: “I acknowledge the concerns that some residents have raised regarding access to the proposed nursery. However, we undertook a thorough assessment of the suitability of Latimer Gardens for the access before submitting the planning application to ensure that safety on the road would be maintained. That assessment included a survey of traffic movements on the road on a school day. As a result of that research we concluded that use of Latimer Gardens as the access to the nursery was appropriate.
“A number of residents have made comments to the council and those comments will be given due consideration when the council makes its decision.”
n Have your say go to www.harrow.gov.uk/planningsearch/lg/GFPlanningSearch.page.