Approval given to build 19 new Council homes for local people

Thursday, 23 August, 2018

The green light has been given to build 19 new Council homes for local people on the Harlow Housing Needs Register.

Last night (22 August 2018) the Council’s Development Management Committee gave planning permission to two Council-led developments in Bushey Croft and The Readings. 

Now planning permission has been agreed, the Council will work to develop the project plans and financing required to ensure that the 19 Council homes can be built as quickly as possible.

The first development approved was for 16 homes on land south of 43-56 Bushey Croft. The development will include 6 two-bedroom houses and 10 three-bedroom houses. Thirty-two car parking spaces will be allocated to the properties with forty-one unallocated car parking spaces being provided in a similar position to the existing parking area. Any mature existing trees will be retained in the development area and some additional trees will be planted along with new landscaping. 

The second development approved last night was for three new homes on a former garage block site in The Readings. The development will provide two semi-detached wheelchair accessible bungalows and one new terraced house. Five standard car park spaces and two disabled car parking spaces will be provided. The development will include new landscaping in the area.

The three homes in The Readings are part of the Council’s planned housebuilding programme for 2018/19.

Councillor Mark Wilkinson, Portfolio Holder for Housing, said:

“There is no doubt that as a Council we need to do more to provide the social and affordable housing that local people need. All 19 homes will be allocated to local people on the Harlow Needs Register, which will mean that those being housed in the new homes will have a local connection to Harlow. Harlow homes for Harlow people is very important to us and we know that this is also important to many people who live here. Whilst we recognise these schemes are not nearly enough to house everyone who needs a home, they represent the start of our ambitious programme of building more quality housing, available on long-term secure Council tenancies for the people of Harlow.”

Over the next year, the Council will also be supplying a further 11 new Council homes with refurbishments at Sumners Farm Close, Partridge Court, Hare Street Springs and Collins Meadow.