Harlow rugby withdraw plans for new ground off Second Avenue

Politics / Mon 21st Jul 2014 at 09:50am

HARLOW Rugby Club has withdrawn planning applications for a new home at Latton Farm, Second Avenue.

In an update on its website, club chairman Alan Brooking said: “In my last update I said that we had submitted our plans and that we expected to go to a planning meeting in June, unfortunately there are a number of further issues raised that means that planning have had to submit their report with a less than favourable outcome or we would have got the permission but with a load of unworkable conditions.

“We have also received two major objections, which require a significant amount of work to deflect.

“We have therefore withdrawn the application.”

The club, based on Ram Gorse, Elizabeth Way, withdrew the application on Friday, July 4 and have said that it will not extend the expected start time on the site, which is still set for January/February 2015.

The proposals were part of a public consultation in February this year which showed plans for two developments – residential housing at Elizabeth Way and a new rugby club pavilion, pitches and other facilities at Latton Farm in Second Avenue.

Concerns were raised at the time about access to the site on Elizabeth Way and the impact on traffic levels.

Mr Brooking added: “We are very confident that we can settle the planners concerns and overcome all the objections received.

“We will resubmit the applications in 2-3 weeks, under a Planning Framework Agreement, which guarantees a degree of support from the planners plus set in concrete the planning application meeting, currently in September.

“One thing I have learnt going through this process is that nothing is easy, but I do know that outcome will be even sweeter because of the trials and tribulations we faced on the way.”

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