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Bid for new bungalows off Harberts Road rejected

General / Thu 18th Feb 2021 at 12:44pm

A BID to build two chalet bungalows off Harberts Road in Harlow has been thrown out by the Harlow Council planning committee.

The application site forms part of a distinct local character area comprising six dwellings (Ebenezer, Balaton, Drummoyne, Hillcrest, St Lawrence and Foxwood) of varied design set within substantial plots and within a verdant setting.

The dwellings (with the exception of Foxwood) are positioned towards the front of their plots and front Harbets Road.

An application had been in front of the committee before and was rejected.

It went to an appeal. The Planning Inspector said:

“The proposal would cause harm to the character and appearance of the area and would conflict with the LP, when taken as a whole.

“It would fail to fulfil the character and design objectives and overall, the environmental definition of sustainable development as set out in the Framework.”

The agent for the applicant described the bid as a “sustainable…and provides high quality housing”.

Council officers recommended it for approval but the councillors saw it differently with criticisms such as “it destroys the character of the area”

Old Harlow councillor described it as “one of the worst in-fill developments I have seen in a long time”

You can follow the news item from the 18th minute of the film below.

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