Some familiar issues are emerging in our neighbouring borough that we are already having to deal with in Brent. The Green Party's GLA candidate for Brent and Harrow is taking up the issue of loss of trees through developments.
Harrow Green Party is standing against the Kodak site developers
planning application to Harrow Council, requesting the removal of 26
existing trees along Harrow View Road. The 26 trees proposed for
removal are mature, well established trees (some 80 years plus), from a
wide range of different tree groups, including Flowering Cherry, Norway
Maple Crimson King, Apple, Common Lime, Silver Birch & Cherry
Laurel. A number of these trees are also protected by Tree Protection
Orders (TPOs), which should mean they are legally protected from cutting
down, topping, lopping, uprooting, wilful damage or destruction. In
addition, the developers are requesting clearance of several areas of
self-set trees & heavy pruning of a number of other well-established
On what is already a very busy, overdeveloped and congested road leading into Harrow, Harrow Council should be doing everything it can to preserve the remaining trees we have so we do not end up with an ever more polluted, concrete corridor. These are mature trees with a rich and complex ecosystem, something that cannot just be replaced by planting new trees. Trees bring huge environmental benefits to every urban area, including, improving air quality, helping support people's health and mental wellbeing and providing an important habitat for wildlife.
Emma Wallace, Green Party candidate for Brent & Harrow GLA candidate says,
Harrow Council declared a climate emergency in the summer of 2019 and has committed to protecting Harrow's environment and its trees in its Climate Change Strategy 2019-2024. It would be a betrayal of these commitments and extremely short sighted of Harrow Council to remove these precious, mature trees. Harrow Council must reject this application.
Since Harrow Green Party highlighted this planning application, there has been an overwhelming response, with over 300 objections now submitted. You can read every one of the 300+ objections and the reasons people have given as to why these trees must not be removed, under 'Documents' on the Planning Application.
Please add your objection to the application on the Harrow Council site, here.