Plans for two storeys to be added to Wetherspoons building in town centre

General / Wed 5th Apr 2023 at 07:13am

PLANS for two storeys to be added to the top of Alymer House in Harlow Town Centre have been submitted to Harlow Council.

The submission states: Construction of two additional storeys (total of six storeys) and the refurbishment of the existing building, providing 29 new residential flats.

The commercial floorspace at ground and first floor level will be retained.

Presently, the building’s ground floor and first floor is occupied by the William Aylmer Public House, which is operated by the Wetherspoons chain.

The second floor is currently unoccupied but was most recently used by the NHS to run clinics (vacated 28th September 2017). There is currently no lease in place for the third floor.

For full details, go to Harlow Council’s planning page https://www.harlow.gov.uk/planning-and-building-control and look for HW/FUL/23/00002

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8 Comments for Plans for two storeys to be added to Wetherspoons building in town centre:

Nicholas Taylor
2023-04-05 08:02:19

Yet another example directly attributable to the Tory vision of a town centre full of hundreds of flats. Lets not forget that just opposite this building the car park will in due course have a block of flats built on it, a second block behind Market House will see flats built and Market House will have another floor put on it and turned in to flats. Even more strain on local services and little if any car parking spaces. Nicholas Taylor, Leader of the Harlow Alliance Party.

Bruce Downey
2023-04-05 08:12:01

Without decent people living in and around the town centre it will remain a ghost town. P.F.

Nicholas Taylor
2023-04-05 09:11:24

I wonder Bruce if you go to the town centre in the evening? If like me you were to go there on a Monday evening you will see a steady stream of people going in and out of the two gyms, the bowling alley and theatre if there is a show on, the cinema, snooker club and restaurants nearby indeed the Harvey centre car park is often packed. The problem lies in the northern part of the Town Centre. Building flats will do nothing to increase footfall to that part of the town other than those entering and exiting their flats. That is why the Harlow Alliance Party wanted the Council to buy Market House and the land nearby and replace it with a much larger theatre, exhibition centre and live music venue and turn Market Square into the cultural area with outdoor events on summer evenings, proving a destination of choice large enough for the huge increase in population which the HGGT development will bring to the area. What we are left with because of the Tory lack of vision, is the smallest theatre in the region in part of the town which already attracts many visitors in the evening. Nicholas Taylor, Leader of the Harlow Alliance Party

Bruce Downey
2023-04-05 10:05:56

Many people especially women feel unsafe in the town centre after dark , keep up!

Nicholas Taylor
2023-04-05 10:35:24

Bruce, so who will buy the flats if women feel unsafe? Will residents stick indoors afraid to venture out at night? Safety in numbers, shown by the large number of people who do use the south side of the town centre at night. Building new social, cultural and leisure facilities on the North side would attract thousands of people from around and beyond the town both during the day and evening. Many of the new flats proposed are being advertised as buy to let, that is investors looking to buy and then rent out, to whoever can afford them. The present proposals will only compound the existing problem of a north south divide.

Shaun Andrews
2023-04-05 14:51:03

I give it one week after the flats are inhabited before one of the new residents complain there is a pub beneath them

2023-04-05 23:49:54

Hi Nick, you go to the town in the evenings? Didn't happen to see the idiots ripping up the plants did you?

Nicholas Taylor
2023-04-07 11:15:58

Tim, no I didn't, like most people I have no reason to go to the north side of the town. Cheryl, I was there last night, the Harvey Centre car park was packed, there was a great show on in the theatre, the restaurants were busy and there was lots of people coming and going to the two gyms and the bowling alley. The fear of violence perpetrated on anyone is far more prevalent than actual crime,. It would be very interesting to know of the crime statistics in the Town Centre between the hours of 5pm and 11pm. It is such a shame that the fear of violence stops people from using the many facilities in the town centre at night, it clearly does not stop hundreds of others, male or female.

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