The leader of Harrow Council said plans to build hundreds of new homes on station car parks must go through the same process as all applications following public opposition to the proposals.

Cllr Graham Henson said the council will continue to assess all planning applications equally, including those put forward by Transport for London (TfL) for major schemes in Stanmore, Canons Park and Rayners Lane.

It comes after strong opposition to the proposals, including several petitions and letters to the council urging its planning committee to block the three projects.

Cllr Marilyn Ashton, who represents Stanmore Park ward, asked Cllr Henson to provide some “reassurance” to residents that it would look out for their best interests.

“We have a lot of residents who are extremely worried about these developments,” she said.

“We have a duty to engage properly with these people – to not do so would be a dereliction of duty.

“As leader of the council and the borough, you need to offer them some support and not just send them a bland email.”

Cllr Henson explained that TfL has the “right” to put forward planning applications on their land.

He added that “pre-application discussions are taking place” – including around the impact of the potential loss of parking spaces at these sites – and the public will have the opportunity to make comments on any application that is submitted.

Cllr Keith Ferry, responsible for regeneration, planning and employment at Harrow Council, said it would not be “wise” for the council to comment on the schemes until an application has been put forward.

TfL has been keen to highlight the positive aspects of the projects and said it will continue to try and provide developments that fit in with residents’ aspirations.

It noted the plans to improve cycling and public transport routes alongside the deliverance of hundreds of new, “genuinely affordable” homes.