Revised proposals to redevelop the ex-Post Office site in Harrow have been branded "outrageous" and "awful" by appalled residents.
Property firm Dandara has slightly modified its original plans so that it now proposes to demolish the vacant complex in College Road and build 410 flats in blocks ranging in height from three to 19 storeys.
One difference is a vertical prong sitting on the top of the highest tower block that Dandara said was part of an Art Deco design asked for Harrow planning officers.
The plans include 1,120 sq m of ground floor retail, a new public park and a footbridge over the Metropolitan railway line connecting College Road to the One Harrow, Harrow College's proposed new campus in Lowlands Road.
Jane Galbraith and Irene Wears, of the Campaign for a Better Harrow Environment, said in a statement: "We can't believe it, but Dandara's revised application for 51 College Road is even more outrageous than the original.
"The proposal to add a ridiculous 14 metre spike to the 19 storey tower block would add an extra five storeys, making the development compete with the St Mary's Church spire and blight the skyline for miles around.
"We are appalled at the proposed overdevelopment of this site, the failure to include amenities such as a polyclinic, library and arts centre and we object to the use of Section106 money to build a footbridge that does not give disabled and general
access to Harrow-on-the-Hill Station."
Peter Coppock, who was central to rallying opposition to the development of the Gayton Road site in Harrow, said: "It's awful. They have lowered the height but have stuck a great big spire on top."
The original plans were for 407 flats in three towers of between three to 19 storeys, the footbridge and park, and 1,145 sq m of retail premises, although a larger proportion of the apartments in Dandara's updated scheme will be affordable and the internal layout of floors has been tweaked.