Investigation after arson attack at Sherards House
Crime / Sun 9th Apr 2023 at 12:01pm
FIRE crews were called to a fire at a large unoccupied house in Harlow on Saturday night.
An Essex Fire spokesperson said: “Fire crews were called to a building on Three Horseshoes Road, Harlow, at 5.49pm yesterday after reports of smoke.
“Crews searched the building and found a small fire on the ground floor. The cause has been recorded as deliberate”.
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As readers will know, this house, which dates back to at least the early 1920's has been standing empty for some years. The Council applied for Planning Permission in March 2022 to demolish the house and build 14 homes on the site. Over 50 residents objected to the proposals on a number of grounds and a revised application was made in January of this year. Such a development is wholly inappropriate for this site. Clearly not enough has been done to secure the site from vandals as would seem to be the case at the former Lister House site as well. Nearly two years since taking control of Harlow Council, there is no sign of the Tory housebuilding boom they promised. Nicholas Taylor, Leader of the Harlow Alliance Party.
This is disgusting a world heritage site my nan often visits. Really hope the police catch these vandals
Seems odd that a "fire" occurs in an old and possible listed building on land wanted by developers. The Maypole, land wanted by developers but issues stopping them: burned down. Northbrooks House, land wanted by developers but local issues stopping them: an unexplained fire. Paradise Lodge, land wanted by developers but local issues stopping them: an unexplained fire. Am I over thinking here? Nothing would surprise me nowadays
Darren, Sherards House and the surrounding land is owned by Harlow Council who are set to demolish the house and build on the land surrounding it. The same thing happened at a house called Faircroft in Old Harlow which the Council once owned and as has been mentioned Northbrooks House which ECC owned at one time. All houses which predated the building of the New Town, part of the towns heritage.
Seems strange some comments get deleted when they speak about Harlow council ( mine ) But others don’t….
That is because we now required full name with comments...(we have run a story in that three times).
Stupid rule if you ask me.. A stupid website that uses rules! Pretty pathetic really.. ( Will most likely get deleted )
This is not true ! My initial comment was deleted and i used my full name. And it was sfw too?