Building work set to begin on new homes in Purford Green (but will councillor be lying down in front of the diggers?)

News / Mon 30th Jan 2023 at 08:18am

BUILDING work on a number of homes on land that was part of Purford Green school is set to begin.

The development of land at the former primary school at Purford Green will eventually provide 29 open market homes and six affordable homes – three of which will be affordable rent and three shared ownership homes.

Permission was granted in 2021 but after initial clearance work, things had gone quiet.

A document on the Harlow Council website states that work will begin in March and last for 78 weeks, with a completion date of October 2024.

Readers may recall that Bush Fair ward councillor and deputy leader cllr dan Swords objected to the proposal and pledged to “lay down in front of the diggers dressed as batman” to stop the works going ahead.

Following the meeting, Cllr Swords said: “I utterly oppose this development. It is not the right site for development and the notion that any subsequent investment into playing fields should go to Church Langley is absolutely unacceptable. I will be taking this up directly with Sport England at the highest level who have proposed Church Langley as the beneficiary”

We will be following up on that one.

For full details of the work go to www.harlow.gov.uk and search for HW/CND/23/00024


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6 Comments for Building work set to begin on new homes in Purford Green (but will councillor be lying down in front of the diggers?):

Tony Durcan
2023-01-30 11:03:55

I thought he mentioned he would dress up as a super hero , or was that another broken promise

Bruce Downey
2023-01-30 11:36:23

Church Langley, preferential treatment?? Us & them? 🤔

2023-01-30 15:51:42

"Ever been had"? Councillor Swords was told by Robert Halfon this was the land for the new hospital and he was just being protective!! He fell for that one!! So we can now update the timeline on the new PAH hospital website https://newpah.org/ the location is going to be revealed by Batman!! Keep an eye out.... coming to a field near you..........

2023-01-30 18:07:49

Bruce, the Church Langley Field development is for facilities used by the public and sports teams from across the Eastern side of the town.

Luke Burton
2023-01-30 20:10:18

Cllr Swords is a poundshop Boris Johnson. Both in his mannerisms and the way he spoke about lying in front of diggers.

Jennifer Steadman
2023-01-30 20:20:22

I would be interested to know how many of these properties are to be social housing? And how many are to be accessible housing? Also will they be environmentally Green propertys ie solar panels etc? We need social housing & lots of it!! Having said that, I'd be very excited to see Dan Swords in a batman costume, so please do let us know when you are planning your visit Dan?🤣

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