Planning bid for 72 new homes in Wych Elm thrown out
General / Thu 16th Sep 2021 at 02:29pm
A PLANNING application for 82 new homes in Wych Elm has been rejected by the Harlow Council’s planning committee.
The crux of the matter for councillors seemed to be the lack of parking bays for residents.
The agenda item began with a general overview presented by council officers.
This was followed by a number of representations by local businesses as well as local councillors.
The councillors voted by majority to reject it and gave a number of reason why.
YH will write a more in-depth piece on the report soon.
Film is below.
May we apologise for the sound. Under the social distancing rules, it is the best we can do.
Please sort out the parking around Harlow, its clearly an issue and everyone in every area is dealing with it, you need to look into parking for residents and garages for long time residents, its becoming ridiculous that there is a major issue which everyone has noticed but yet hasn't been acknowledged...
Unfortunately the developer will no doubt go straight to the government to get last night's ruling overturned, ruining the whole appearance of the town, whilst damaging the wildlife habitat of Rectory Wood and the surrounding area.
We can not have more house our hospital is too small our school.are picked our GP S are our load
There is already one tower block going up in Wych Elm with no parking! Wonder where all those cars will park? And a document was leaked from the government saying that if a new dept is built or so much is spent on an existing hospital, it is then classed as a 'new hospital'!
Utter madness! A hospital that is bursting at the seams, no parking even for the one doctors surgery in the area where people find to get appointments already, schools that are full. No play areas for children in flats but profit in abundance for the developers!! Harlow is becoming a concrete town. What’s happened to common sense.
I attended the meeting as one of the local councillors and clearly the developers had little interest in the community and the only interest was profit before people. Several councillors from both Labour and Tories raised significant concerns about parking and the impact on the current local businesses. Councillor Chris Vince ,a local resident and several local business leaders spoke about the impact. Pleased this got turned down by 4 votes to 3. Great to see local community and local businesses working together to object to this proposal. I really hope the developer get the message that you can’t ignore the local voice. Star statement was from councillor Jean Clarke.
Parking solutions are required for Harlow residents. Not yellow lines, permits or fencing off but solutions that help residents not penalise them or aggrevate the problem further.
Parking in every street is mad…. No where near enough parking for the residents… families have grown up children still living at home who now drive meaning some homes own four cars, property being rented out by rooms again 5/6 cars for one house… we need a solution and not permits
The Council now has a Local Development Plan in place the purpose of which is to give certainty to developers about what sort of homes are needed, on what sites have been identified and the number of 'affordable homes' that new developments must have, This scheme did not meet this latter requirement. Developers must be told before a Planning Application is made to the Council that their plan for a site must meet these requirement or they will be rejected.