More details revealed on new council houses in Bushey Croft

News / Fri 8th Jul 2022 at 08:31am

TWO developments of new council houses have been completed with the promise of many more homes to come as part of Harlow Council’s housebuilding programme.

Sixteen new council houses have been finished in Bushey Croft with two new houses completed recently in The Hill, Old Harlow. All homes will be available to local families at council rent levels. 

The development at Bushey Croft includes 10 three-bedroom family homes and 6 two-bedroom family homes. The development will be known as John Dowdell Close. 

Thanks to funding secured by the council last year, John Dowdell Close is also one of the greenest in the town helping to support the environment and local wildlife. 

All homes have A-rated boilers and 400mm of loft insulation meaning energy bills will be kept as low as possible. All homes are also fitted with swift boxes, bee bricks and there are hedgehog pathways included within the new estate. New allotment plots have been created and fruit trees planted, and wildflower seeds planted to create a meadow. 

For electric vehicle owners and those looking to buy one in future, there 8 electric vehicle charging points in the development. A further 2 electric vehicle charging points will be available in the communal parking area, which can be used by anyone living in nearby estates.

The homes at John Dowdell Close will be advertised to families on the Harlow Housing Needs Register in the coming weeks.

Keys to the two new council houses in The Hill have recently been handed over to Harlow families. The development includes a three-bedroom house and a two-bedroom house. Both properties also have electric vehicle charging points.

Councillor Dan Swords, Deputy Leader of the Council, who recently visited John Dowdell Close to see the completed development, said:

“This is a quality development of new council homes for Harlow families as we kickstart our housebuilding programme. Not only will this development provide new council homes for Harlow families at the lowest possible rents, but also a pleasant environment in which to live in line with Gibberd’s principles. It is the greenest housing development the council has ever built and just the start of what we have planned for Harlow families. Included in this development are some of the first residential electric vehicle charging points and several measures to support local wildlife.

In March 2022, the council announced a major new housebuilding programme, which will see the construction of 99 council houses, apartments and bungalows over the next 2 years and plans for hundreds of more homes to follow. Councillor Swords, added: 

“Completing the Bushey Croft and The Hill developments is a small but significant step in our housebuilding programme and there are many more new council homes to come. 

“Our new programme announced in March will deliver the biggest council housebuilding programme for many years. Over the next two years we aim to be on site building 99 council homes for rent for Harlow families. We are revolutionising the way the council plans and builds homes, so we can carry on building council homes for many years to come to tackle the Housing Needs register. These new homes will be built to the highest quality and will all be delivered with absolute value for money to the taxpayer. Our programme will build the right homes in the right places and of the highest industry standards so we can truly improve the lives of Harlow families.”

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9 Comments for More details revealed on new council houses in Bushey Croft:

2022-07-08 09:43:22

Very misleading!!! Received an email last week saying these won’t be council owned?!! So half went on this week will the other half be the same rent??!

Mark Cotton
2022-07-08 11:19:10

Sorry Lauretta but I have no idea who you got that email from! As the architect for the scheme I can tell you categorically that they are ALL going as social rented properties to residents on Harlows Housing Register!

2022-07-08 13:55:14

Curious how the EV charging points work - are they priced at domestic prices or typical commercial EV charging prices?

Daniel Long
2022-07-08 15:54:21

How many of these will be for the Harlow residents who have been on the Harlow housing waiting list for 10 years plus and not for people from outside Harlow, such as London and elsewhere.

2022-07-08 18:06:04

How many have a downstairs bedroom or wet room?

Nicholas Taylor
2022-07-08 19:11:20

Hundreds of more council homes means only one thing, the green spaces and open fields in Harlow are fair game for the Tories to build on. It has already started with the field between Little Pynchons and Stile Croft which has now appeared on their list of sites to be developed.

Nicholas Taylor
2022-07-08 19:12:44

Sorry, typo on my previous email, should read Little Pynchons and Pear Tree Mead

2022-07-09 07:05:07

When my son applied for housing after being on the waiting list for over 5 years the council said they could not consider him as he works so you know who will be allocated these properties people on benefits.

2022-10-26 12:35:58

Jerry that is such boll** being someone who lives on this housing estate many of the families here work, if they receive benefit so that's another matter, but to say that only those on benefits will get these houses is a joke really

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