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Work steps up to build new council homes for Harlow families

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Harlow Council is ramping up its work to build new council homes for Harlow families with contractors on site in Woodleys progressing works as part of a scheme to provide 6 new houses. 

In 2024 the council is investing over £37 million to build 103 new council homes as part of phase 1 of its housebuilding programme. 

The phase 1 schemes will provide a mixture of houses, apartments, and bungalows to meet the different housing needs of residents with sites at:

  • Arkwrights – 8 houses
  • The Yorkes – 6 bungalows
  • Woodleys – 6 houses
  • Perry Road (former Lister House site) – 24 apartments
  • Staple Tye depot – 10 houses
  • Parnall Road – 5 houses and 5 apartments
  • Sherards House – 14 houses
  • Pytt Field – 5 houses
  • Potter Street Neighbourhood Office – 5 apartments
  • Lower Meadow Garage site – 8 modular single-storey homes
  • Elm Hatch – 6 apartments and 1 house

All homes will be allocated to Harlow families on the Harlow Housing Needs Register and include several energy efficiency design features and are of high-quality design.

The council is also overhauling how it allocates council housing to ensure that Harlow residents are the priority for council homes including the new homes it is building.

Councillor Michael Hardware and Councillor Dan Swords, Leader of the Council, visit the Woodleys site this week to see how works are progressing. This scheme on a former under used garage site, adjacent to Black Bush Springs in The Stow, will see 6 two-bedroom council houses built with parking and a new garage block to the front of the site.

Woodleys housebuilding scheme

Councillor Michael Hardware, the cabinet portfolio holder for economic development, said: 

“We are building new council homes for local families on brownfield sites and renewing areas in our neighbourhoods which need regeneration. Across the town, we are on site with works underway on all 11 schemes and that work is significantly ramping up now and we can see progress being made.” 

On site at the Perry Road housebuilding scheme

Councillor Dan Swords, Leader of Harlow Council, who recently visited the Perry Road site where the council and Hill Group - Harlow Regeneration Partnership - are building 24 new council apartments, said:  

“Alongside our £37 million investment into our housebuilding programme we are overhauling how we allocate our council housing so that we can truly deliver our commitment to build new council homes for Harlow families.”