THE LEADER of the Harlow Alliance Party has quizzed the leader of Harlow Council over the future of Elm Hatch in Waterhouse Moor.
Nicholas Taylor asked Councillor Mark Ingall: “It is now some two and a half years since residents were invited to see plans for the future of Elm Hatch.
Since then, residents have apparently not heard anything.
I note the recent announcement that the council is going to spend some £12 million on purchasing homes on the open market, will this affect the plans for the future of Elm Hatch, indeed when can residents expect work to commence on site?
Councillor Mark Ingall replied: “The Council is committed to remain in active discussions with those who have an interest in the redevelopment of Elm Hatch. This includes local residents, Place Services of Essex County Council and, due to the development being adjacent to one of Harlow’s historic gems, English Heritage.
During these unusual times the discussions and processes that would normally take place have been disrupted and are taking longer than we would have hoped , however we are looking at a number of different designs in order to ensure the requirements of both Places Services and English Heritage are met.
We will contact residents as soon as we have more information to share with them. At this stage it is not possible to say when residents can expect work to commence on site.
“The Council purchasing homes on the open market will not affect any proposals for Elm Hatch”.
This was really a lame answer from the leader of Harlow Council, one of many when members of The Harlow Alliance Party (HAP) have asked Councillors questions.
This piece of land has lain empty for the best part of 3 years and residents were invited to see detailed plans for the sites future at a public exhibition some two and a half years ago, in fact nearly two years before Covid had been heard of.
We could of course hope that the Labour Council have borrowed the idea of building bungalows on this site, from HAP, which would compliment the homes nearby which were built for older residents.
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