Plans to demolish former market square office in town centre

General / Tue 9th May 2023 at 08:23am

A BID to demolish the former market square office in the town centre has been submitted to Harlow Council.

The Rows block comprises of a derelict two-storey masonry building with link bridge to adjoining property and including the Market Square Office & Store.

Demolition is required to enable the regeneration plans for the town centre.

For more details, go to https://www.harlow.gov.uk/planning-and-building-control

Look for HW/DEM/23/00145 | 


The application site extends to approximately 400m2 and is occupied by a two storey building with a simple rectangular footprint. It is currently vacant and the planning history shows it was previously used for a range of purposes falling within Classes A3, A5, B1(a) and D1 according to the Use Classes Order as in force at the time.

The site falls within the designated boundary of the town centre and is located within a SSSI Impact Risk Zone. It is otherwise not subject to any particular designations or environmental constraints.

Land use in the surrounding area is mixed, comprising the range of uses typically found within a town centre.

Details of the Proposal

The proposal is to demolish the buildings on the site to enable later redevelopment.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

19 Comments for Plans to demolish former market square office in town centre:

2023-05-09 09:19:57

You may aswell demolish all the original buildings in harlow why you are at it. Every day it seems more and more of harlow is being lost. Nothing has been done for the better. The town should have been left as it was, because it has now been ruined. Look at what happened to our beautiful cinema and it was a member from thesame family that was allowed to ruin the gilbey social club in park lane. Our history of this once great town slowly being demolished bit by bit. Shameful.

Kim Oconnor
2023-05-09 09:42:46

I agree with you Cheryl, but there just getting started, I'm sorry to say. Wait till they build 7 new unaffordable housing estates around our River stort valley, and a four lane road, going straight through our River. This council this government will go down, for destruction of our trees, our wildlife, our Ecco systems. . This council, this government care not for it. And disrespectful to sir Frederick Gibberd s dream for this town, who built this town with green spaces in mind.

2023-05-09 11:54:33

Kim oconner i totaly agree with everything you have said. Shocking isn't it. We had a great town here once and i dont understand why it has become what it is now. You only have to look at the old pics of harlow and it was a lovely town it really was.

Keith Conlan
2023-05-09 12:22:51

Absolutely agree i moved from Harlow having worked many years in harlow town centre ..I left have moved a 3 years ago and have never seen the town degeneration as quick .I was brought up in the townwhent to school in the town. NOW I FIND HARLOW IS A DUMPevery where you go.

Alan Hall
2023-05-09 12:32:35

What ?! Get rid of The Buttery ? Does that take you back ?

Moira B
2023-05-09 13:28:38

I worked there Alan at the weekend and after school. I also worked there when it was the first Contact How before the Civic Centre was opened. Aah, memories

2023-05-09 13:39:44

Keith, you’re so right about Harlow. Alan, I remember the Buttery, if I remember correctly there was an open eating area above it

2023-05-09 14:53:26

Well said and i totaly agree with all that you have said keith conlan. Very sad isn't it.

Tony Wiseman
2023-05-09 15:35:23

Come on Harlow Councillors, of both parties, tell us what the plans for redevelopment are and when they will start. Market Square office, Joseph Rank house and Ocasia house to be demolished, the old Midland Bank/HSBC office building, The Square, the shops behind Tesco in the Harvey Centre, the old Lister House medical centre all gone. When will we see growth instead of demolition?

2023-05-09 16:16:23

The heart and soul is being ripped out of the town all these buildings are part of the history of Harlow. Such a shame.

J c r
2023-05-09 16:45:24

Agree with Tony Wiseman stop blitzing it, rebuild something for goodness sake.

2023-05-09 17:25:12

Are you making way for our new hospital that Halfon promised ?

Paul Wadley
2023-05-09 18:47:23

I left Harlow in 2016, moved to the New Town in 1957. I made a comment once about too many coffee shops, with Rob Halfon responding that The High needs more. Debenham lost interest, Woolworths 1 went up in flames, Woolworth 2 closed. The Co-op went, M&S, BHS gone. I can remember Saturday mornings at the Odean and the date Gilbeys vacated the town. It was the only day of that year Weatherspoons sold pints of lager with bubbles. Home and Colonial and counter service only in Sainsburys. Saturday Market was jammed packed and roads running through the town centre. That area of the The High has been the focus of re-development for years, but no one has Vision, to make it work. Fields menswear on the corner that knocked Byrites into touch. Guaranteed food poisoning at the hamburger stall after exiting the one and only nightclub at 2.00am. Excellent venue for an indoor Market, 7 days week. Give local traders an opportunity and Ebay enthusiasts to guy and sell, antiques, bric a bracelet, farmers produce, etc etc.

Neil WB.
2023-05-09 21:02:21

Isn't a shame, our town is being takwn from us.. and fick all, not even an a apprentaship for local kids... Ever felt lied too...

2023-05-09 22:24:52

I remember the market, vinnies, the brunch bar, harlow back in the day was a lovely town, not anymore, wish I was in the position to get out, real shit hole nowadays, the police don't give a toss and don't get me started on what goes on in the town hall, too many under the counter hand shakes going on, depends who's got the biggest brown envelopes!!!!

2023-05-10 09:05:30

I agree with every single comment on here, also i will never understand why a once lovely town with everything we needed including so many lush green spaces has bern turned into what it has today. It is nithing more than an overpopulated concrete jungle full of cars. The roads pavements and cycle tracks are a disgrace not to mention dangerous. I personally cannot think ofanything in harlow that has been done that has made it better. Our once lovely town and it was lovely has been ruined forever and its bern ruined because of greed. Shocking and shameful

Nicholas Taylor
2023-05-10 10:25:02

The decline in public services can be traced back to the early 1990's when the Conservative Government began the drastic reduction in money paid to Local Authorities. Staff at Harlow Council were called to meetings at the Playhouse to be told of these cuts and staff were asked if any of them wished to be made redundant. As an example, up until then the Development Corporation and then Council had over 70 full time/full year gardeners working in the Town. Dozens of staff put in their notice and left. I wonder how many there are now? People say that politics are not important or they cannot be bothered with it, but the fact is, virtually everything we do or don't do has a political edge to it. Freezing Council tax has in part been done by not filling or delaying the filling of job vacancies and deleting other posts. Many the complaints made by readers of this newspapers can trace the reason for these complaints back to the fact that there are less staff available to do the job of a council.

Luke Burton
2023-05-10 14:12:49

The buildings in and around Market Square are disgusting. The whole area needs a cleanup both in terms of the buildings and the people that frequent these areas.

2023-05-10 21:25:55

I agree that our once busy and optimistic town is now looking and feeling down at heel and unloved. The roads, pavements and cycle tracks are a dangerous disgrace. The once vibrant market square, with a busy market every three (or was it four?) days a week as well as the flea market on Mondays is a depressing void, and the shops and offices around it are a sad and sorry sight. The green spaces like the Todd Brook valley are uncared for most of the time. There are some new houses, which is good, in the old town and next to Rushes Mead etc., but not enough for the people that need homes. Putting people into Terminus House and other industrial buildings round the town is shameful and adds to the sense of nobody really caring what happens to the people themselves or to think through the consequences of their actions. Thank goodness for the strips of wild flowers being sown around the town which brighten things up a bit, but we need some drastic action to put right the years of neglect, without moving away from Sir Fred Gibberd's vision. What has happened to Public Health England coming to the Pinnacles, and the new hospital? Vague promises that amount to nothing.

Leave a Comment Below:

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *