Walkers will be able to enjoy an expanded country park later this month once an enclave of new houses has been finished.
Land surrounding Wood Farm in Wood Lane, Stanmore, will be incorporated into surrounding Stanmore Country Park as part of a deal which saw Harrow Council sell off the seven acres, including decrepit Pear Wood Cottages, for redevelopment as housing.
The construction of the 10 detached homes is nearing completion whereupon the agricultural leases of will be surrendered to the council by Stanmore Dairies and CP Holdings and the land subsumed - including five acres becoming part of Pear Tree Nature Reserve.
When the deal was struck in 2012, it was anticipated the land swap would be completed in time for the expanded country park to open in December 2013.
The council’s major development panel was told in a report ahead of its meeting next Wednesday: “The majority of the landscaping works associated with the extension to the country park have already been undertaken and the management plan has been drafted.
“Further minor seeding and the installation of signage are still required.
“The developer has agreed to continue to maintain the area until such time as they have completed the housing development, likely to be at the end of July, when it will officially be handed over to the council and the formally opened up to the public.”
The new housing estate will be called The Cloisters and is being marketed by Signia Living.
CP Holdings will pay £450,000 towards the future upkeep of the extended country park.