THE Observer is to be congratulated upon its article on the proposed development of a key North Harrow site by the current owners of the same: a Shia-Muslim charity, the "BWF".

To say that the development - as outlined in the planning permission requested - is controversial, would be perhaps an understatement as far as most of the local people are concerned.

As chairman of the Headstone Residents' Association, which covers this part of the borough, I would ask everyone to examine the planning application most carefully as, if approved, there would be the most significant permanent change to the "built environment" of North Harrow since this "Metroland" dormitory suburb was initially developed in the 1920s.

Readers' comments - within planning application guidelines - should be urgently addressed in writing or by email to David Charteris at the Civic Centre.

This is, I consider, a matter of the utmost importance for both local residents as well as those who love Harrow and take a keen interest in the future development of our much-loved suburbs.


Chairman Headstone Residents' Association via email