Harlow Council Planning Committee reject planning bid for office block conversion

News / Thu 20th Aug 2020 am31 08:23am

HARLOW Council’s Planning Committee made a stand by rejecting a planning bid for an extension to an office block conversion in an industrial estate.

The plans were for another 27 homes at Shield House, which is situated in the heart of The Pinnacles industrial estate on Elizabeth Way.

There are already thirty five homes there.

In rejecting the proposal the chair of the planning committee, cllr Phil Waite said: “The law is the law but we are challenging the law”

Both Labour and Conservative councillors raised a variety of objections to the extension.

Cllr Clive Souter said: “I am not happy with this proposal. There are just two buses a day from there. One in the morning and one in the evening.

“It is a three mile round trip to the shops”

A representative for the proposal spoke. He described the development as an asset to the community, with eight new affordable flats.

“It will help the council’s housing needs.”

Many of the councillor’s who spoke expressed concerns regarding children living there.

Old Harlow councillor Mike Garnett said: “Here we are trying to put people into a prison block.

“We must be entitled to a say whether this is right or not.

“To put children here is against all human nature.

“Just because it is in a factory area, doesn’t mean people live in a factory.”

Led by the chair, the councillors came up with objections that would stand further examination and/or an appeal.

One key factor was insufficient play space and amenity space.

Cllr Phil Waite said: “Due to permitted development, the democratic process for deciding whether this would or would not have been given, never happened and therefore there is a democratic deficit.

“I fully understand, the law is the law but we challenge the law”

You can see the item being discussed in the first hour of the film below.

Details of application

The application seeks planning permission for the construction of a two storey extension above the existing two storey part of the building, and a three storey extension above the existing single storey rear element.

The proposed development would be four storeys overall at a maximum height of approximately 13m.

The proposed extensions would provide 27 residential units, comprising 6x studio flats, 14x one-bedroom flats, and 7x two-bedroom flats.

The resulting building would provide a total of 62 residential units, comprising 17x studio flats, 15x one-bedroom flats, and 30 two-bedroom flats.

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