Observer web site visitors have sent a strong message out to developers in our online poll.

More than three-quarters of people who voted on the site said no to the prospect of more flats being built in Harrow town centre.

Angry residents have accused Harrow Council of having "none of the answers" on how to stop 3,000 extra inhabitants straining central Harrow.

Five residential developments - three of which have now been approved by Harrow Council - could bring a combined total of 1,500 flats to the town centre, growing the population of the town centre by a third.

The council has insisted before it is working behind the scenes to ensure the infrastructure can be upgraded to cope with such an influx.

But, according to letters of objection sent to the authority, residents remain scathingly sceptical.

Five neighbours in Grove Hill Road slammed: "We see little or no evidence that the council has considered the impact of population expansion on other local public services.

"The town centre is stretched in relation to health and dental care. The post office has queues regularly reaching the door.

"We are similarly unconvinced that anyone has thought through the effect on the water tables, utilities and sewerage services."

They conclude: "There is no indication that the council has answers to any of these problems."

Pamela and Audrey Lawrence, of Gerard Road, Harrow, wrote: "The current proposals are outrageous.

"If all this is allowed to get ahead we will be surrounded by new density multi-storey developments to the detrimental effect of our neighbourhood which will mirror the worst excesses of the 1960s."

Richard Evans, chairman of Elmwood Avenue Residents Association, said: "The suggestion that there may be 18- and 22-storey blocks of flats in Harrow town centre causes our association very great concern as the area will be transformed from an environment conducive to family occupation to multi-occupancy premises with no clear supporting infrastructure in terms of parking, transport and education."

Councillor Marilyn Ashton (Conservative), portfolio holder for planning, development and enterprise, said the council's new planning blueprint, the Local Development Framework, would help manage growth in Harrow.

The key policy says: "The council will promote and encourage joint working with key stakeholders and partners to ensure the provision of community infrastructure that meets the change in demand, particularly education, healthcare, leisure, open space and recreation facilities, as well as power, gas and water infrastructure."

Future Planned Developments


Status: Approved (Oct 2001) and being built

Proposal: 144 flats, fitness centre, retail

Buildings: 1

Storeys: 2-10

Developer: Comer Homes Group


Status: Approved (May 2008)

Proposal: 383 flats, play areas

Buildings: 5

Storeys: 4-10

Developer: Fairview New Homes and Mount Anvil


Status: Approved (May 2008)

Proposal: 404-420 flats, new college campus

Buildings: 5

Storeys: 2-12

Developer: Harrow College


Status: To be determined

Proposal: 147 flats, 3,485 sq m Sainsbury's store, cafe

Buildings: 1

Storeys: 9

Developer: London Underground and Parkridge Developments

EX-POST OFFICE, College Road

Status: To be determined

Proposal: 407 flats, 1,145 sq m retail, public square, new footbridge over railway

Buildings: 3

Storeys: 3-19

Developer: Dandara