Landers Site Redevelopment - New Plans
Render of the new Building with existing Landers Building
The EM Landers building (situated at 605-609 Harrow Road) was granted English Heritage Grade II listing in 2015, after a successful application from KTRA and following the original planning application to demolish the building and replace it with a multi-storey building.
KTRA was recently contacted by the owners’ representative, Barrie Lloyd, wanting to discuss a revised proposal for the EM Landers site and hoping to get us on side, prior to submitting as a new planning application.
On 2 August three members from the KTRA, Avril, Jay and Gail, along with Father Ackerman of St Johns church and Signe Hoffos (historian), met with Mr Lloyd to discuss the new proposals and we were shown plans to keep the EM Landers building in situ but with a new low-key development to be built around it.
A new 3-storey building will be built on each side of Landers, comprising of residential plus 1 business unit (to be used by the current business). A 2-storey housing terrace will also be built behind Landers, with one level built at basement level to give the impression of a 1-storey development - in line with the roof/guttering level of Landers. This discreet housing development will contain 2 and 3 bedroom units and be accessed through secure gates at the front of Landers. It will also sit 3 metres from the Kensal Green Cemetery wall (so not visible from the cemetery) and the current unstable portion of the wall (currently stabilised with scaffolding) will be rebuilt by the owners in consultation with cemetery/council experts. There will be no parking access on site.
The developers will also carry out works to the Grade II Listed Wall behind the development, which is the Cemetery wall, and are providing this at their own cost.
The cemetery boundary wall will be rebuilt along the rear of the Site to match the existing grade 1 wall. The existing wall is bowed and substantially supported by scaffolding to avert a collapse of the wall. An application will be made to RBK&C for listed building consent to take down and rebuild the wall.
We suggested calling the new development Landers Court, as a nod to the building's importance and the developers liked the suggestion.
We all feel that the latest designs now address concerns to protect the Landers building and will be sympathetic to the surrounding site (the owners and architects had not realised the importance of the EM Landers building and were surprised by local passions to keep it intact), see above illustration. Planning will be submitted sometime in October and KTRA are pleased to give it the thumbs up.
Rough scan of the new Plans