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Plans submitted to demolish Occasio House as part of regeneration plans for town centre

News / Mon 17th Apr 2023 at 08:06am

PLANS have been submitted to demolish two derelict social housing blocks

Occasio House in Harlow provided young homeless people with accommodation and support.

The complex closed in 2016 and the owner was told it would cost millions to replace its aluminium cladding following the Grenfell Tower disaster.

Harlow District Council bought the complex and wants to demolish it to make way for a town centre regeneration scheme.

East Thames Housing Group opened Occasio House in 2001 for young people struggling to find accommodation and work.

It included communal kitchens and a health suite.

Your Harlow reported in 2016 that the site’s 116 properties were closed down because the owner and Essex County Council considered the accommodation model was no longer sustainable.

The council said in December last year it had purchased the empty buildings in College Gate for £1m.

It wants to build a new arts and cultural quarter – as reported by the Local Democracy Reporting Service – which would include refurbishing the Harlow Playhouse theatre.

The demolition application was submitted to the council’s planning team on 3 April and it is hoped the work would be completed by 31 January next year.

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3 Comments for Plans submitted to demolish Occasio House as part of regeneration plans for town centre:

David Forman
2023-04-17 08:53:32

It was David Cameron's Coalition government's enthusiasm for cutting red tape created confusing building regulations that allowed combustible panels to be fitted to tower blocks. In 2013, a coroner's report into the Lakanal House tower block fire, a blaze in London in 2009 killing 6 people where flames had spread outside the building, warned that Approved Document B (ADB) of the Building Regulations was "a most difficult document to use" and recommended that it be reviewed. Building Regs ADB relates to Fire Safety. The Department for Community & Local Government’s response, signed by Tory Eric Pickles, said that a new edition of ADB would be published in 2016/17 - up to four years later. But the work had barely progressed by the time of the Grenfell fire in June 2017, with preliminary research not published until 2019 amid repeated delays in getting ministerial sign-off. See Inside Housing https://www.insidehousing.co.uk/home/deregulation-rules-left-officials-between-a-rock-and-a-hard-place-on-fire-safety-says-former-civil-servant-74611

Maureen & Callum Potter
2023-04-17 12:28:35

No your harlow get it right.. Occasio House was not for young homeless people. The building was full of drugged up teenagers and young adults who caused trouble and got kicked out by their family. Smash this eye sore down and take all them pathetic children with it!

Daniel Hughes
2023-04-17 14:40:41

Maureen & Callum Potter, get your facts right. I lived there and I was not a drugged up teenager or young adult as your false assumption allows you to think, nor was I kicked out by family, I lived their for personal circumstances of my own, so take your Wikipedia-themed "facts" elsewhere

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