Purchasing Council land

Purchasing Council land - freehold owners wishing to purchase small areas of Council owned land adjoining their property

The guidance and criteria for freehold owners wishing to purchase small areas of Council owned land adjoining their property are laid out in the Land application form (pdf)

If you have any queries in regards to purchasing land adjacent to your property please contact an Advisor at: Contact Harlow or email land.applications@harlow.gov.uk

Licence to use Council’s land - freehold owners wishing to use small areas of Council land next to their property

The Council may consider granting residents a licence to use its land subject to obtaining planning approval for a change of use of the land from public open space to private use. Prior to applying for the licence to use the land you are advised to ascertain whether you are likely to obtain planning permission for your proposal.

The Planning Authority has a formal pre-application procedure and as part of the procedure will provide you with a informal officer’s opinion, in writing, on the likelihood of planning permission being obtained, should you chose to proceed with the formal planning application.

Once you are satisfied with the planning pre-application advice, please send your request clearly headed “Request to use Council’s land - licence” to Property and Facilities Management

  • By email to: land.applications@harlow.gov.uk, or
  • In writing to: Property and Facilities Management, Harlow Council, Civic Centre, The Water Gardens, Harlow, Essex, CM20 1WG

Costs to set up the licence

  • Yearly fee (only in exceptional circumstances no yearly fee applies)
  • The application fee £180 (£150 + VAT) to cover the administration costs of Property and Facilities Management.
  • Planning Section Fees £385 for change of use from public open space to private use. Harlow Council’s
  • Legal Services fees approx. £400 to cover the costs of preparing the legal documents
  • Your own solicitors fees (if you wish to appoint one)

Please note: All fees quoted above should be used as a guide only and may not represent what is currently charged by the Council and are subject to periodic review. Some of the fees may vary depending on the nature of the transaction.