Churchgate Hotel on the agenda at Planning Committee
News / Sun 14th Jan 2018 pm31 12:37pm
PLANS for the Churchgate Hotel are set to be out forward at the Harlow Council Planning Committee on Wednesday night.
The application is to “Modify Planning Obligation to Provide an Off Site Financial Contribution in Lieu of On Site Affordable Units.
“The planning permission for the alterations to the hotel and infill residential development is associated with a Section 106 Legal Agreement, dated 26th April 2016, which includes an obligation requiring 9 x 1-bedroom flats within the Replica Building to be provided as Affordable Housing (4 x Social Rented, 4 x Affordable Rented and 1 x Intermediate).
YH understands there will be a number of speakers for “both sides” on the night including Old Harlow councillor, Joel Charles, who has already issued a statement to the committee.
Councillor Joel Charles: Objection
– It is disappointing that the developer has taken this course of action and backtracked on their affordable housing pledge.
– Old Harlow needs the right mix of Affordable Housing for young people to get onto the housing ladder.
– Not convinced that no social landlords showed any interest in purchasing the on site units. The Council should push the landlord to explore all options to provide affordable housing.
– This is an important test case for the Council and a precedent could be set which other developers may exploit in the future.
We will be there to cover the meeting and report back.
The meeting is at 7.30pm at the Water Gardens.
Could this fiasco be behind Clempners resignation ? Just a thought. VOTE Labour at your PERIL. Any more skeletons in their iffy cupboard.