Local Areas of Special Character (West Harrow & Pinner)

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Welcome to the Local Areas of Special Character engagement page. The London Borough of Harrow is undertaking an eight-week consultation on the proposed creation of Local Areas of Special Character (LASC) for parts of West Harrow and Pinner. Consultation is from 8th July to 3rd September 2024.

The designation of an area as a LASC aims to protect the local character of neighbourhoods that have historical interest and locally well-preserved architectural quality.

An assessment of locations in West Harrow was carried out following a request from local community groups. These found that parts of Butler Avenue, Lance Road and West Harrow Recreation Ground had heritage significance with locally cohesive, well-preserved townscape, architecture and / or landscaping.

An assessment of locations in Pinner was carried out following recommendations by local conservation groups. These found that parts of West End Avenue, Meadow Road, and Eastcote Road had heritage significance with locally cohesive, well-preserved townscape, architecture and / or landscaping.

In March 2024, the Council’s Planning Policy Advisory Panel recommended the inclusion of the following addresses in the two proposed LASCs:

West Harrow: 3-29 (odd) and 2-40 (even) Butler Avenue and 2-26 (even) and 1-33 (odd) Lance Road and West Harrow Recreation Ground; and

Pinner: 1 and 3 - 40 (all) West End Avenue, 1-40 (all) Meadow Road and 24 to 38 (even) Eastcote Road

These areas are shown on maps further below.

What would inclusion in a Local Area of Special Character mean?

The level of protection from a LASC is different to that of a Conservation Area where permitted development rights are restricted. Permitted development rights allow a property owner to make certain changes to a building without planning permission. 

In a LASC permitted development rights are not affected. However, it would need to be shown that any change requiring permission protects the character of the LASC. 

Why are we consulting?

The London Borough of Harrow is seeking views on the proposed designations. In May 2024, Cabinet agreed to undertake public consultation on the proposed local designations with local residents and local and national conservation groups.

The aims of this consultation are to:

  • Advise the community about what a potential Local Areas of Special Character designation might mean for them and neighbours;
  • Undertake meaningful, inclusive and transparent consultation to understand the community's views on making the areas Local Areas of Special Character;
  • Use the feedback to help us make any final decision whether or not to designate the areas as Local Areas of Special Character, including any changes to the proposed area;
  • Feed back to the community to let them know that we have listened and acted on the information they have provided.

How to get involved

  1. Read through the Cabinet report and view photos of the proposed LASCs
  2. Let us know your views on the potential inclusion of the area/s as a Local Area of Special Character by filling out the survey below. Alternatively, you can email the Conservation team on Conservation@harrow.gov.uk or write a letter to London Borough of Harrow, Forward Drive, Harrow, HA3 8FL
  3. Ask a question in the 'Question' box below, other people might want to know the answer too.


Next Steps

The consultation and questionnaire responses will be reported back to the Planning Policy Advisory Panel and Cabinet for consideration as to whether to proceed with the designation of the areas (or amended areas).

These two areas are the first areas to be considered for designation in the borough. Other areas will be considered in due course.

The areas being looked at are shown on the two maps below:


West Harrow: Map 1: 3-29 (odd) and 2-40 (even) Butler Avenue and 2-26 (even) and 1-33 (odd) Lance Road and West Harrow Recreation Ground


Pinner: Map 2: 1 and 3 - 40 (all) West End Avenue, 1-40 (all) Meadow Road and 24 to 38 (even) Eastcote Road


Welcome to the Local Areas of Special Character engagement page. The London Borough of Harrow is undertaking an eight-week consultation on the proposed creation of Local Areas of Special Character (LASC) for parts of West Harrow and Pinner. Consultation is from 8th July to 3rd September 2024.

The designation of an area as a LASC aims to protect the local character of neighbourhoods that have historical interest and locally well-preserved architectural quality.

An assessment of locations in West Harrow was carried out following a request from local community groups. These found that parts of Butler Avenue, Lance Road and West Harrow Recreation Ground had heritage significance with locally cohesive, well-preserved townscape, architecture and / or landscaping.

An assessment of locations in Pinner was carried out following recommendations by local conservation groups. These found that parts of West End Avenue, Meadow Road, and Eastcote Road had heritage significance with locally cohesive, well-preserved townscape, architecture and / or landscaping.

In March 2024, the Council’s Planning Policy Advisory Panel recommended the inclusion of the following addresses in the two proposed LASCs:

West Harrow: 3-29 (odd) and 2-40 (even) Butler Avenue and 2-26 (even) and 1-33 (odd) Lance Road and West Harrow Recreation Ground; and

Pinner: 1 and 3 - 40 (all) West End Avenue, 1-40 (all) Meadow Road and 24 to 38 (even) Eastcote Road

These areas are shown on maps further below.

What would inclusion in a Local Area of Special Character mean?

The level of protection from a LASC is different to that of a Conservation Area where permitted development rights are restricted. Permitted development rights allow a property owner to make certain changes to a building without planning permission. 

In a LASC permitted development rights are not affected. However, it would need to be shown that any change requiring permission protects the character of the LASC. 

Why are we consulting?

The London Borough of Harrow is seeking views on the proposed designations. In May 2024, Cabinet agreed to undertake public consultation on the proposed local designations with local residents and local and national conservation groups.

The aims of this consultation are to:

  • Advise the community about what a potential Local Areas of Special Character designation might mean for them and neighbours;
  • Undertake meaningful, inclusive and transparent consultation to understand the community's views on making the areas Local Areas of Special Character;
  • Use the feedback to help us make any final decision whether or not to designate the areas as Local Areas of Special Character, including any changes to the proposed area;
  • Feed back to the community to let them know that we have listened and acted on the information they have provided.

How to get involved

  1. Read through the Cabinet report and view photos of the proposed LASCs
  2. Let us know your views on the potential inclusion of the area/s as a Local Area of Special Character by filling out the survey below. Alternatively, you can email the Conservation team on Conservation@harrow.gov.uk or write a letter to London Borough of Harrow, Forward Drive, Harrow, HA3 8FL
  3. Ask a question in the 'Question' box below, other people might want to know the answer too.


Next Steps

The consultation and questionnaire responses will be reported back to the Planning Policy Advisory Panel and Cabinet for consideration as to whether to proceed with the designation of the areas (or amended areas).

These two areas are the first areas to be considered for designation in the borough. Other areas will be considered in due course.

The areas being looked at are shown on the two maps below:


West Harrow: Map 1: 3-29 (odd) and 2-40 (even) Butler Avenue and 2-26 (even) and 1-33 (odd) Lance Road and West Harrow Recreation Ground


Pinner: Map 2: 1 and 3 - 40 (all) West End Avenue, 1-40 (all) Meadow Road and 24 to 38 (even) Eastcote Road


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