Town centre planning application back up in front of committee
Planning / Mon 15th Aug 2022 am31 10:37am
A PLANNING application for the town centre is up in front of the Harlow Council committee.
The application seeks approval for removal of a part of the planning agreement previously made under Section 106 of the Planning Acts (S106), forming part of planning permission HW/FUL/19/00291.
The section proposed for removal is Schedule 3 (Car parking) which requires that 69 car parking spaces to serve the development are to be provided off site (within the ‘vicinity of’ the development and thus expected to be in the Town Centre) to be replaced with the following obligations that the Travel Plans for block D include:
The full application can be seen below.
It will be heard on Wednesday August 17th at 7.30pm in the council chambers.
Harlow again ALL TALK NO ACTION.
Sorry but I think car parking should be provided.
The simple fact is, most households have at least one car and news only yesterday of bus subsidy cuts across the whole country means that this fact is unlikely to change soon. I am afraid that many of the new flats in this and other developments in the town could end up providing temporary homes for homeless families from outside the District. When I spoke to someone in the developers office over two years ago he said they were looking for investors and the brochure explained how much rent they could expect from their investment. Since then the office has been un-occupied, it would come as no surprise if the present owner sold on the whole site, have got the need for car parking spaces removed from the Planning Application.
The planning committee are very 'brave' when dealing with a Christian Evangelical church, but let's see how much bottle they have in taking on a money grabbing property developer. I suspect the planning committee will lick the boots of the developer and ask, "Is that clean enough for you Sir?"
My advice to the Conservative council is to take lead from Maggie Thatchers speech about the EU in 1990 and say — “NO NO NO”.
The AA have reported that the average household has 1.7 cars as the council are aware, if parking is not provided what do the council believe will happen. This would seem to be another worthless plan that will only be passed by a corrupt and useless council.
Provide each home with free public and taxi travel vouchers every year whilst the whole transport policy for the town is re thought and made ultra green, high quality and with frequent 24 hr services. Eg restrict in traffic by providing park and ride at NSEW points around the town and autonomous light tram system (software as the Docklands Light Railway). Not thinking green or forward just perpetuate and multiply the same old problems.
Developers trying to cut costs again, don't let them get away with it. Sadly parking spaces will be needed.