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The plans were unanimously passed at Harlow’s Planning Committee and will see a mix of detached, semi-detached, terraced houses and apartments built. Around 55% of the homes will be managed by Home Group providing either affordable rental homes or shared ownership properties which help people to get onto the housing ladder. The new development will replace the out-dated homes on The Briars, Copshall Close and Aylets Field estates.
As part of Harlow Council’s Priority Estates Programme, the development aims to improve the quality and provision of housing in the area and employment growth in Harlow.
Richard Cherry, CEO of Partnerships at Countryside, said: “We are pleased to have been given the go ahead for these plans that will significantly improve the quality of housing available to local people. Our focus is on creating a safe and pleasant environment that people will be proud to call home, with green open spaces and the highest standards of design and finish. We are now working hard to progress matters and start on site as soon as possible.”
Gareth Crawford, Home Group’s head of development, said: “This project will transform the area, and enable residents to move from outdated 1960s homes into modern well designed energy efficient properties. As well as replacing existing homes, the project will help create housing choices for local people through the construction of 120 additional homes. We all know that housing is in short supply and these properties will enable people to find the homes they need.”
The approved masterplan designed by Gardner Stewart Architects incorporates extensive areas of public space and landscaping including three parks with play facilities, as well as estate roads, parking and improved cycle and pedestrian routes. The new community centre will be designed in collaboration with the residents creating a space that meets their needs.
A range of contemporary homes will be carefully designed to suit a range of lifestyles but all will be built to high standards of sustainability making them cost-effective to run and environmentally responsible. The majority of the new houses are proposed to be traditional two storey homes with private gardens, while each apartment will have its own private outdoor space in the form of a balcony.
The new housing replaces 218 bungalows built in the 1960s that are being demolished. These suffered from being inward looking, which prevented a sense of community or good security. Many of the current residents will be temporarily relocated and will be able to move back directly into their new homes.
Information correct at time of publication.