Green light to transform housing estates in Staple Tye

Politics / Mon 17th Aug 2015 at 12:36pm

Staple Tye regenPLANS that will see the transformation of three housing estates in Staple Tye – The Briars, Copshall Close and Aylets Field –have been given the go ahead.

Last Wednesday (12 August 2015) the Council’s Development Management Committee granted planning permission to build 343 new homes on the estates.

The planning application was submitted in May after Home Group, Countryside and Harlow Council signed a Development Agreement for the scheme.

The £67m development funded by Home Group and Countryside 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. The new development will replace the outdated bungalows on The Briars, Copshall Close and Aylets Field estates which do not meet Decent Homes Standards.

The scheme will also provide new landscaping, roads and parking and a new community centre as well as training opportunities for local people.

Residents living on the estates have been involved in producing the Design and Development Brief for the regeneration scheme and have met with the developers and attended consultation events over the last two years.

The Council has been supporting, and will continue to help, Council tenants currently living on the estates with their individual needs and future housing options. Council tenants are given the choice of moving on a temporary basis and then moving back onto the estate once the new homes have been built, or if they prefer then they can choose a permanent move to an alternative Council or Housing Association accommodation elsewhere in the town.

The scheme will be developed in three phases and the process of moving residents in phase one has already begun.

Councillor Tony Durcan, Harlow Council’s Portfolio Holder for Regeneration & Enterprise, said: “Working with Home Group and Countryside we can really transform these estates and create a mix of brand new homes for local people. Once completed this redevelopment will help us deliver our commitments to provide more and better housing and to regenerate Harlow.”

A newsletter updating residents living on the estates will be delivered shortly and further updates will be issued in the coming months.

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