Priority Estates

BCA estate regeneration

Harlow Council is transforming The Briars, Copshall Close and Aylets Field, known as the BCA estate in Staple Tye, in partnership with its development partners, home builder Countryside Properties Plc and affordable housing provider Home Group. The £71 million scheme will replace outdated post-war bungalows, which did not meet Decent Homes standards, with a total of 343 homes, including around 200 affordable homes.

Relocating tenants

The regeneration scheme is being undertaken in a phased approach. All the residents of Phase one and Phase two have been rehoused and those in Phase three are currently being supported with their individual housing needs and future housing options. Council tenants are given the choice of moving on a temporary basis and moving back onto the estate once the new homes have been built, or if they prefer, then they can chose a permanent move to an alternative Council or Housing Association accommodation elsewhere in the town. More information on the Relocation and Home Loss Policies:

The new development

The new development will be known as Atelier, with street names linked to the sculpture’s located across the town. Local residents and the residents’ association were involved in creating the vision, design and development brief for the regeneration scheme. The approved masterplan was designed by award-winning Gardner Stewart Architects. The scheme will deliver a total of 343 homes including a mix of apartments, terraced, semi-detached and detached homes. Within the development there will also be green spaces, new landscaping, improved cycling and pedestrian routes and a community centre.

Atelier marketing suite

Phase One

Construction of the new development in Phase One started in 2016 and is progressing well. The first new tenants and homeowners moved into their new homes in autumn 2017. The marketing suite and show homes opened on site in April 2017. The following table shows a breakdown of the 103 homes that are being built in Phase One and who to contact if you are interested in any of the units.

Accommodation type Number of units Who to contact regarding these units
Private sale (Countryside & Home Group) 50 Countryside marketing suite
Shared ownership 20 Home Group
Social Rented 17 Harlow Council Choice Based Letting System
Affordable rent 16

Phase Two

All residents in Phase Two have now been rehoused, enabling the land in Phase Two transferred to Countryside and Home Group in April 2017. The bungalows have now been demolished and construction of the new homes has begun.

Phase Three

All tenants in Phase Three have completed their Housing Needs Assessment, received their bidding numbers and are able to bid on properties in the Choice Based Lettings System. Construction of the final phase of the redevelopment will hopefully start in 2018.

Priority Estates newsletters

The regeneration of the BCA estate was originally part of the Council’s Priority Estates programme which was set up to help create long term vision for the regeneration of several estates in Harlow. However, in March 2014, Lower Meadow, Barley Croft and Northbrooks were removed from the Priority Estates programme and included in the Modern Homes Programme. Further redevelopment opportunities for two of the maisonette blocks on Northbrooks will be explored in a separate project.
The following newsletters have been sent to affected residents on the Priority Estates:

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