Plans to build almost 200 new homes on the site of a church were described as “over the top” by Harrow councillors.

The council’s major developments panel listened to proposals for the redevelopment of a site in The Ridgeway, Harrow.

There are plans to build 195 new homes with 78 car parking space on the land, which is currently managed by Harrow Gospel Hall Trust.

A new GP surgery has been proposed to stand on the 900 sq m occupied by the church as the developer is obliged to replace it with a community building.

But councillors, as well as those living close to the site, were unimpressed by the scheme.

Cllr Paul Osborn, leader of Harrow Conservatives, said he was “disappointed” with the proposals, describing it as a “clear overdevelopment”.

“I think there is room for some residential units there, but not at this height,” he said.

“What could be a reasonable development is not in keeping with the area and I wish developers would come forward with that sort of scheme so we could support it more.”

Labour councillor Simon Brown said he was “nervous” about building such an “over the top”, high-density project, though he did point out the need for more homes in Harrow.

And Cllr Stephen Greek and Cllr Marilyn Ashton suggested the developers were being “unrealistic” when it comes to providing suitable levels of parking.

“I hope you can keep an open mind when it comes to assessing parking provision,” said Cllr Greek.

“However much a developer thinks they need, it never seems to be enough. If possible, I’d urge you to come back with a higher figure.”

Residents opposed to the scheme believe an influx of cars will lead to drivers parking in The Ridgeway – a particularly narrow road – and exacerbate existing traffic issues in the area.

They also questioned the use of the space currently provided by the church, noting there are several surgeries within walking distance.

A spokesman for the Harrow Gospel Trust said: “The Harrow Gospel Trust have been part of the community for more than 20 years, working closely with their neighbours and supporting local groups.

“We are now working with council officers and talking with the community about options to re-use the land in a meaningful way, delivering much needed homes, bringing new life to the site and creating an appropriate legacy for the Trust.

“There are many potential uses for this site; we firmly believe housing is one of the better options and, as a brownfield site, surely it is better to build here than on the green belt?”

He added that it welcomes the views of residents and that a consultation will be carried out before a planning application is submitted.