St John’s Church, Woodcock Hill


The heritage worth fighting for!


29th July 2015, The Yogi Devine Society (Haridham Hindu Swaminarayan Temple, 63 Woodcock Hill, Harrow, HA3 0JH) submit a planning application to Brent Council to alter St John’s Church in to a Hindu Swaminarayan Temple.

Planning application number 15/2708.

The application proposes alterations to existing building including the removal of the tower and existing pitched roof, erection of first floor extension, introduction of cornice eave detailing, a dome, shikhars and corner turrets, rendered walling, replacement windows, new boundary treatment and landscaping, dormer windows to attached building at the rear of the plot to provide ancillary residential facilities in converted roof space, a new pitched hipped roof over single storey rear element and a new external metal staircase to the side of the main building.

Within hours and days of this application being received, a handful of local residents send out flyers alerting other residents of the application, a petition is created and signed by over 250 local residents. These local residents revived the Northwick Park Residents’ Association (NPRA).

10th of September 2015, The NPRA hold a residents’ meeting at Travellers Rest Beefeater Restaurant over 200 residents attended.

15th September 2015, The NPRA makes the Brent Council aware of documents that detail St. John’s Church is part of the Northwick Circle Conservation Area.

Brent Council seek legal advice on the status of St. John’s Church.

Brent Council receive 117 public objections.

29th September 2015, Brent Council informs The Yogi Devine Society and the NPRA that St. John’s Church is part of the Northwick Circle Conservation Area.

9th November 2015, The Yogi Devine Society withdraw the planning application 15/2708.