Regarding the Farm public consultation will take place at Harrow Arts Centre as follows:
25 June 1pm to 5.30pm
26 June 1pm to 9pm
27 June 1pm to 8pm
Pinner Park Farm, originally a Deer Park dating back to 1273/4 and initially owned by the Archbishop of Canterbury, belongs to Harrow Council. It is currently leased from the Council on an agricultural lease and is used to raise beef cattle and as a location for a road surfacing business.
It was revealed at the AGM of the Pinner Association that the Council had engaged a property consultancy firm to advise on how to secure the long-term future of the Farm and had invited the Pinner Association and other local residents’ associations to a meeting to hear about this. The firm advised that the listed farmhouse, and other important buildings in its curtilage are in a very poor condition and require considerable restoration. These historically important buildings are surrounded by later farm buildings, said to be of little architectural merit. It is therefore proposed that Harrow Council take back the farm and sell the parts currently built on for redevelopment as residential units.
The grade II listed farmhouse would be included in this redevelopment, but the older part of the house would be have to be retained by any developer, together with some of the other old buildings of architectural merit. Any new houses would be designed to blend in with the older buildings.
The rest of land at the farm would be designated as a “Country Park” with full public access, and a visitor centre would be located on the farm with toilets and other visitor facilities. The unusual rotunda building, built as a milking parlour when the farm was used as a dairy farm, would be retained and restored and would be used as a feature within the Country Park.The extent of the residential development and the features to be provided within the new Country Park are still under discussion. Further public consultation events are to be held later this summer once the outline plans have been further developed. The Pinner Association will be keeping closely in touch with these proposals.