Green light for new energy saving council homes for Harlow families

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Plans to build more new council homes for Harlow families have been approved by councillors as part of Harlow Council's housebuilding programme.

Last night (12 October) the council's Development Management Committee agreed plans to build 6 new council houses which will all have high levels of insulation, energy efficient heating, solar panels and electric vehicle charging points. The council will also be looking at the feasibility of installing heat pumps in the new homes.

The approved plans, designed by local architects, will see 6 two-bedroom terrace homes built on a derelict garage block in The Woodleys on Minchin Road.

The development will see new car parking spaces provided within the existing hardstanding area, alongside a new block of four garages and a landscaping scheme that will bring improvements to the biodiversity and environment of the adjacent Blackbush Spring Park,

This is the latest development to be agreed as part of Harlow Council's council housebuilding programme which aims to build 99 council homes between 2022 and 2024. All homes will be allocated to Harlow families on the Harlow Housing Needs Register.

Councillor Dan Swords, Deputy Leader of the Council, said:

“This is another development agreed as part of our housebuilding programme which will provide much-needed new council homes for Harlow families. These homes in The Woodleys will be built to a very high quality and well above the required standard. Each home will have high levels of insulation and solar panels to keep energy bills low and there will be access to electric vehicle charging points. This scheme will not only mean brand council homes for Harlow families, but another area of the town regenerated. This is a crucial part of the council’s agenda to regenerate our neighbourhoods and restore pride in our town."

“Our housebuilding programme will see hundreds of new houses, apartments, and bungalows built for Harlow families. We will build the right homes in the right places to the highest standards so that we can truly improve the lives of Harlow families.”