Council housebuilding: green light given on Sherards House site

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Planning permission has been granted for another 14 council homes to be built on the site where Sherards House currently sits.

At last night’s (Wednesday 16 August) Development Management Committee, the green light was given for a scheme comprising 6 two-bedroom, 5 three-bedroom and 3 four-plus-bedroom homes to be built in its place on the site in Three Horseshoes Road. Each home will benefit from two parking spaces each, with EV charging points included as well as extra visitor parking as part of the development.

Sherards House was previously used as temporary accommodation – however it is considered unsuitable for this purpose and has been derelict for some time. The proposals put forward aim to put the site to good use as a home for families on Harlow’s Housing Needs Register and make full use of the space within the site. The homes are of a very high design standard and will be extremely energy efficient with solar panels, EV charging and quality landscaping at the heart of the design.

It is proposed that three of the properties will be accessed via Three Horseshoes Road, with the other 11 accessed via Jerounds. All homes in the development will be council homes offered at council-rent levels and allocated to Harlow families of the Housing Needs Register.

The announcement comes just one month after another major regeneration scheme, on the site of the now derelict council depot in Staple Tye, for more council homes was approved.

Commenting on the announcement, Councillor Dan Swords, leader of Harlow Council, said:

“As part of our priority to rebuild our town I am extremely pleased at this decision, which will bring even more much-needed council housing to Harlow.

“We are determined to deliver on the priorities of Harlow residents and giving more families on our Housing Needs Register the homes that they need is all part of that. I’m looking forward to seeing spades in the ground and diggers on site once the demolition of the existing derelict building has taken place, which will make way for more of the high-quality council homes that our residents need, as well as regenerating a left-behind site.”

Demolition is due to begin very shortly and construction of the scheme is expected to start in November.