NEIGHBOURS have scored a success in their efforts to amend an application to restore the last surviving building of a medieval estate in Pinner.
Residents of Hereford Gardens collected 100 signatures objecting plans for the Cannon Farm Barn, Hereford Gardens, to be turned into a Montessori Nursery.
Although the permission was granted by Harrow council on Tuesday (27), their objections were taken into consideration and the owners have agreed to adhere to the conditions.
Jean Linfield, 74, lives in the quiet cul-de-sac which backs on the property organised the petition and said: "We had a number of objections, including the noise of so many children at the nursery, it would have been 10 meters from my living room. They were going to lower the wall along the road and demolish the current office buildings, which presented an asbestos risk. Parking is also a huge problem. There was a lot of strong objection in the area."
After raising the objections at the planning meeting at Harrow council she is positive about the project moving forward: "I am very optimistic with the outcome, and the owners were very accommodating."
The barn is currently covered with plastic and the adjacent newer buildings are used as offices. It is believed the barn forms the last building of the 17th Century Cannon Farm medieval manor, which consisted of a tenement, later manor house, farm house, cottage and barn.
Pinner Local History Society raised concerns during the planning stage that the unnecessary strain should not be put on the fabric of the building.
Michael Sullivan, 81, has lived in Hereford Gardens for 14 years and said parking at the Montessori nursery, which will run during the day from 9am to 3pm, will be an issue: "It is traffic I am most concerned about, as well as kids being out in the road. It's a very narrow road, and we have people parking for the park behind us and walking their dogs, it's always congested and many people have trouble turning round up here."