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Boarded up Wissants flats to come back to life

News / Tue 3rd Feb 2015 at 05:01pm

A BOARDED up flat block and an area of land is to be transformed into new homes and improved parking for residents under plans unveiled by Harlow Council.

Under the plans agreed by Cabinet last Thursday (29 January 2015), Flats 1-21 Wissants will be demolished and the land used to provide homes for local people. Adjacent land will also be turned into new parking for the Wissants. All of the new homes will be allocated for rent to local people on Harlow’s Housing Needs Register.

The project will be a partnership between Harlow Council and Circle Housing South Anglia.

The Wissants flat block building, often described by residents as an eyesore, has been boarded up since 2011. Since being empty the building has attracted anti-social behaviour and vandalism and has been a blight for local residents.

Councillor Rod Truan, Portfolio Holder for Housing, said: “Unfortunately this building has been iconic in the town for many years for all the wrong reasons. I’m sure it will be a great relief to residents that this building is finally going to be demolished.

“This project will provide new homes for those in housing need and help regenerate an area which has caused real concerns for residents. We are also aware that parking is an issue in the area so more parking for the Wissants will also be provided as part of this project. This is all part of the Council’s plans to provide more and better housing and regenerate the town.”

Tracy White, Managing Director at Circle Housing South Anglia, said: “We are proud to be working in partnership with Harlow Council to transform this current unloved area of town. We look forward to developing an attractive and welcoming new neighbourhood, which will provide much needed affordable new homes for local people.”

Rod Truan

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