Plans for regeneration of Staple Tye laid out in new masterplan

General / Fri 10th Mar 2023 at 09:20am

A KEY planning document is now in place which will guide and help secure the future regeneration of Staple Tye.  

The Supplementary Planning Document (SPD), which provides a clear, robust and deliverable development framework was adopted at the council’s last Cabinet meeting in December.

The document will be used to make the Staple Tye neighbourhood centre and surrounding area an even better place to live, work and visit.

A public consultation on the SPD was carried out in autumn 2022. The responses received from residents, businesses and organisations were taken into account and a number of amendments have been made to the document.

The main issues raised in the consultation which required amendments include:

  • Reference to the provision of a mobility hub and consideration of speed limits
  • Clarification that the Neighbourhood Service Area is known as Staple Tye Mews
  • Ensuring that work towards the provision of electric charging points in the area is set out
  • Improvements needed on crossings and junctions across the area

Amendments have now been made to the SPD to address these issues during any regeneration works.

The Staple Tye SPD outlines a strategy for the Staple Tye neighbourhood centre and surrounding area. It focuses on the following four key areas:

  • Redevelopment opportunities
  • Public realm improvements
  • Connectivity improvements
  • Retention of key uses

The SPD will now be a material consideration when planning applications are considered.

The document’s vision for the enhancement of Staple Tye is: “Staple Tye will continue to provide a healthy, vibrant and active neighbourhood centre where residents, visitors and employees will want to work, shop, relax, eat and socialise within a 20-minute walk of homes.”

The vision goes on to say that “residents and visitors will feel a sense of pride for the Staple Tye area through enhancements to the public realm including improved landscaping, streetscapes, building designs and provision of play space.”

Employment and housing also feature in the vision: “New employment opportunities will be provided within the development opportunity sites” and “The supply of housing will be increased through several development opportunities. This will deliver a wider choice of high-quality affordable homes in Staple Tye.”

Councillor Michael Hardware, cabinet portfolio holder for regeneration and strategic growth and a ward councillor for Staple Tye, said:

“The adoption of this planning framework is a key decision by the council that will have a huge, positive impact on the Staple Tye area. It provides us with the structure we need to provide real change for the ward.

“Staple Tye is an area with great potential in terms of regeneration opportunities; when you look at the housebuilding sites on Perry Road and Parnall Road, the scope for new business units and flexible workspaces which can be made possible thanks to the Towns Fund, and the work that can be done to improve the ward’s infrastructure including its cycleways, I feel we are heading into an exciting period of progress for the area, which will make it an even better place to live and work.

“I want to thank all the residents and organisations that responded to our consultation on the SPD and gave us valuable input which has helped us to finalise this framework.”

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14 Comments for Plans for regeneration of Staple Tye laid out in new masterplan:

2023-03-10 09:27:01

Is that not just putting it back to how it was?

2023-03-10 09:32:54

Plans but how long for any action. There are already demolished sites empty for years around this area and the rest of Harlow.

2023-03-10 09:34:27

I wish they could put Harlow back as it was 40 years ago, used to be a lovely town,

2023-03-10 09:44:47

The Staple Tye Community fell apart when the original Staple Tye sopping centre was demolished. I understand it had its structural issues but when it went so did the heart of that community feeling. The council development need to look back on what things were like once and make it the moral core of its redevelopment plans. Speak to those that remember those days, both good and bad, and try to revive what had already been there all along.

Colin Gilder
2023-03-10 10:51:43

All very well having fancy plans but if the roads to get to the area are virtually unusable it is a complete waste of time. The roundabout at junction of Southern Way and Abercrombie Way is a Mass of potholes

2023-03-10 12:28:16

New buildings. You can,t even fill the bloody potholes on Staple Tye roundabout. Michael Hardware you are absolute joke. You can,t even be bothered to turn up to your surgeries. When i wanted an appointment with you , you sent a pair of right tossers in your place.

2023-03-10 13:07:31

Come on harlow Council what about the new hospital surely you must have a bit off land available its a joke your promising things so you all get reelected and STILL WE HAVEN'T GIT A NEW HOSPITAL AND WE STILL HAVE MASSIVE POTHOLES on every road in harlow.

2023-03-10 14:30:26

An M&S food shop would be a bonus and save having to traipse to Epping. Yes, I know there is one at the petrol garage, but a larger shop, with a wider offering would be good. It is nice to have a choice of shops, not just the low-rent McDonald’s, Lidl and Poundland variety. You want people to spend locally, provide some decent shops!

Richard A
2023-03-10 17:10:32

At least Harlow Council are trying here. You can't blame them for the roads as that is Essex County Council's fault. I sent my comments on the draft document about pedestrian access to the site and they do seem to have been taken into consideration. Having lived in the area for nearly 60 years now my recollection of the old Staple Tye was that it wasn't that great. I much prefer the new Staple Tye.

Michael Hardware
2023-03-10 19:35:39

Thanks Turkey, i appreciate the praise. When did we have appointment? Happy to meet for you to tell me your issues.

Jake Shepherd
2023-03-10 20:39:12

The Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) sets out a clear pathway to regenerate a too often overlooked but vibrant Ward within our town. I was pleased to have responded to last year's consultation and maintain my support for the renewal of Staple Tye and the retention of key amenities. If elected Councillor for Staple Tye in the May election, I'd work tirelessly to ensure that the voices of local people are placed front and centre of any proposals for regeneration. I also wholeheartedly support the ideals behind a 20-minute neighbourhood and would bring my expertise as a Policy Council Member of the Town and County Planning Association to ensure that the forward thinking vision of Gibberd's masterplan is not diluted. Jake Shepherd (@jdashepherd) Labour and Co-operative Candidate for Staple Tye (2023) Contactable via @HarlowLabour

David Forman
2023-03-11 01:59:30

I wonder if the council will buy up Akhters Computers site. Nice to see Jake Shepherd back on the campaign trail. The Labour luvvies wax so lyrical about Sir Freddie Gibberd, but he screwed up when he failed to forsee the growth of cars. The fact is estate roads were built in Harlow that were narrower than those built in the 1920's & 1930s in Dagenham. Plus of course Gibberd so loved Harlow he built his house where he couldn't see it!

2023-03-11 15:20:17

Jake Shepherd. Blah , blah ,blah, Heard it all before, nothing ever happens.

Philip Brown
2023-03-12 18:13:39

Hm I wonder what the adding of Mews to it will bring apart from a hike in rents and rates for the locals!!

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