Campaigners called on their council to block plans to build almost 130 new homes on a London Underground station car park.

Those living close to Rayners Lane station in Harrow criticised a project led by Transport for London (TfL) to build 128 flats there.

They launched an online petition – which has more than 600 signatures – outlining their objections to the proposals and contacted council representatives.

TfL, working with housing association Catalyst, wants to use the station car park to provide new “100 per cent” affordable housing.

However, the development will result in a loss of 170 commuter parking spaces while, as a car-free scheme, there is no provision for new resident cars.

The team behind the project said research suggests that only 60 per cent of the car park is utilised.

Campaigners rejected this statistic and argued the development would lead to “traffic chaos” and the possible introduction of a controlled parking zone, which would force residents to pay for parking permits.

There are also concerns around the buildings’ design – described as a “clear overdevelopment” that will impact on neighbours’ privacy – and potential overcrowding in Rayners Lane.

TfL, and its partners, gave a presentation to Harrow Council’s major developments panel to outline the scheme, as well as similar projects in Stanmore and Canons Park.

They were heavily criticised by councillors who pointed out several issues that would arise in their current state.

Cllr Varsha Parmar, responsible for the environment at Harrow Council, said she was “totally against all the proposals”.

She likened their design to a “prison block” and said it would have an irreparable impact on those living nearby.

The schemes are scheduled to be put before Harrow Council’s planning committee early next year.

Visit to view the petition.