Major plan for housing in Harlow given green light by council

News / Sat 12th Dec 2020 at 07:42am

A PLAN for housebuilding in Harlow between now and 2033 was approved at a Harlow Council meeting last night (Thursday).

It was passed by 16 votes to 12 votes. All the Conservative councillors voted against it.

It allocates land for the provision of housing, jobs and infrastructure as well as providing protection for key environmental assets.

The council have been working on it, in on shape or another, since 2007.

Portfolio Holder, Cllr Danny Purton described it as an “ambitious plan”.

Many Labour councillors believe the plan could go a long way to give houses to the 4,000 people on the council waiting list.

The plan deals specifically with the area of Harlow. Our neighbours in Epping Forest, East Herts and Uttlesford also have plans.

In the case of Epping, housing such as Latton Priory may well be built right on the border of Harlow.

It is a legal requirement for towns to have a local plan.

The council was set a target of 9,200 new homes between 2011 and 2033.

However a supply target of 10,620 was set in order to fulfil housing need.

After the presentation by Harlow Council officer, Andrew Bramidge, a number of Harlow Conservative councillors asked a number of questions.

Harlow Conservative councillors also went on to explain why they were voting against.

You can follow the agenda item from the 44th minute onwards.

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