Jan 3 2013 by Caitlin Black, Harrow Observer
NEIGHBOURS have branded the proposal to expand a supermarket car park with a raised deck a ‘hideous idea’.
Morrisons has applied to Harrow Council to create two-storey parking at its branch in Uxbridge Road, Hatch End.
A concrete deck over the current surface car park, with an access ramp, stairs and lifts, would create room for 100 extra vehicles.
Those living nearby, however, are worried the expansion will create more noise, traffic and pollution and will ruin their view. Families in Dove Park, Uxbridge Road, handed in a petition to Harrow Council last week, in a bid to stop it going ahead.
The chairman of property management for Dove Park east side, Paul Giles, said: “I am so angry at these proposed plans. They call it a single-storey car park, but it is a multi-storey car park. It will be a horrible concrete construction.
“So many of the Dove Park residents have come to me about the proposed plans, furious and worried that it will go ahead. I think it is disgusting that the council and Morrisions think it is OK to go ahead with such a hideous idea. “This will impact our lives. The increase of traffic will cause a huge amount of pollution.”
Dove Park resident Sam Taratooty, 83, added: “I think the whole idea of it is not very nice. It will really ruin our view and the increase of cars will create more fumes and pollution. I am not happy about it.”
But not all the locals are against the plans. Users of Harrow Arts Centre, next door, have permission to use the supermarket car park when the centre’s parking area is full.
The planning representative for Hatch End Residents’ Association, Anne Swinson, said: “Morrisons already have permission to extend their retail space to the limit, so more spaces will be needed for customers and arts centre users will benefit.”
A Morrisons spokesman said: “We will be looking to work closely with the local authority on this development, to ensure it is does not disrupt the surrounding community.”
The council’s divisional director of planning, Stephen Kelly, said: “Given the size and potential impacts of the proposals, we would welcome the community’s comments before we finalise our view, probably in February.”
To comment, visit www.harrow.gov.uk and type P/2376/12 in the planning applications search box.