Potter Street residents object to council housing plan on Pytt Field

Planning / Wed 20th Sep 2023 at 07:26am

PLANS for five new council houses have been met with a large number of objections by residents in Potter Street.

The application seeks the demolition of the existing building in Pytt Field and develop five two-storey dwellings ( 2 x two bed and three x three bed) for social rent by the council.

The properties are laid out in a staggered terrace, fronting Pytt Field, immediately opposite Nos 1 and 2 Pytt Field.

The objections submitted are listed

  • Not enough parking provided.
  •   Already problems with on street parking.
  •   Lack of access could cause issues for emergency vehicles.
  •   Environmental destruction and local residents not consulted which resulted in loss ofwildlife.
  •   Will be able to look into residential properties.
  •   Children play on the site.
  •   Loss of only green space in street.
  •   Contradicts the protection of green belt land.
  •   Construction vehicles will cause hazards.
  •   Harm caused during construction.
  •   Design is not in keeping with the wider area.
  •   Social rent will disrupt the community.
  •   Money should be spent on existing council properties.

The full application can be found below.

The application will be heard on Wednesday night at the Harlow Council planning committee meeting.

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21 Comments for Potter Street residents object to council housing plan on Pytt Field:

2023-09-20 08:16:42

What do they mean by Social rent will disrupt the community? to me it sounds like they think council tenants will lower the tone of the area.

David Forman
2023-09-20 08:35:37

There is a desperate need for more council homes at social rent, which is the lowest rent available. Well done Harlow Council.

Nogin the nog
2023-09-20 09:05:04

I live in that area and I am a council tenant and take insult to say social housing will bring the area down the 2 beds are for disabled people whith lifts

2023-09-20 09:09:21

Wasn't this the site of a scout hut? If so a great shame it was closed.

2023-09-20 09:39:49

“ Social rent will disrupt the community.” 🙄 I despair of this town sometimes.

Tim Ward
2023-09-20 09:45:15

The site is empty it was where the scout hut was how can they say people object because you could see into properties what just like every other housing estate it makes me think they think they are special because they have no in front neighbours it's like we need this but not in my backyard

Nogin the nog
2023-09-20 09:46:34

Nostradamus the scout hut got burnt down and wasent being used eny more 😩

Bruce Downey
2023-09-20 09:59:08

Nostradamus..aka Eddie lives in the past..🔙

2023-09-20 10:05:58

What do they mean 'social rent will destroy the community'. What community exactly. The whole area is either council housing or now privately owned EX council housing so I can't see why that was even brought up. As for 'contradiction of green belt land' that's too laughable for an answer. Well done Harlow Council for building more housing stock that is desperately needed in this town.

2023-09-20 11:15:00

The "social rent will destroy the community" comment - if you are a council house owner and complain about immigrants then back at ya! Once they're stopped you're next in the list for the Daily Mail. The parking point is true though, the council are glad to introduce problems that cause parking issues but their only answer to helping is to restrict parking, issue fines. They are paid by us to provide solutions not more problems.

2023-09-20 12:33:20

Social rent will disrupt the community ? Just wow. Disgraceful attitude

Michael Cook
2023-09-20 13:24:08

Few people who think they better then anyone else,Pytt Field,was and mostly still is council tenants.

Alan Speakman
2023-09-20 16:52:42

Haha these people living in their ex-council houses complaining. I suppose if the social tenants buy their place and stop the next generation from getting social housing too then the area would be fine?!

Dan Long
2023-09-20 19:45:28

If these properties are being put forward for Harlow residents, then the residents of Potters Street are N,I,B,I,E.s But if these properties are being built for outsiders I can see where they are coming from. Harlow houses for Harlow residents and call me what you want, lefties.

2023-09-20 21:26:41

The parking is an issue, With one space per house, you know those people in those new houses will simply park on the road, blocking the houses opposite in gaining full access to their own drive. I have fears that during construction, the contractor will pull out the end of road bollards which will turn one end of Carters Mead through to Pytt Field as a rat run and a high speed one at that. Another concern is the wording on who the future tennants maybe. Harlow council must make sure that these are allocated to Harlow residents on Harlows housing list and NOT, London overspill sent down to Harlow to rent private properties but then claim emergency admission to Harlows own housing list. If you don't do this, you may find Harlow residents banding together to object to every single council planning application and drag it out to appeal, so Harlow residents on the Harlow housing list first. Lastly, there is a fine line between building on an unused site and the council making a site unusable for another agenda.

2023-09-20 23:04:11

It's about time more affordable housing was built, well done harlow council, some of us are sadly not in the position of owning our own homes.

Kim Oconnor
2023-09-21 08:10:22

Of course we need more council houses, more affordable housing.. But what there doing now is,, squashing the odd few in here and there, and theses number s are the odd 6 here and there. They need to be seen to build council houses.. where in reality most of our lands have been sold of for the most unaffordable housing. When you consider we have over 5,000 here alone in Harlow waiting for houses.. Incomparison to thousands and thousands of unaffordable, that will be built. It will help a few, but not the majority. Councils are, and will have to buy theses places to accommodate theses people... there for seeing our rents increasingly rising.

James Leppard
2023-09-21 09:27:02

Kim O'Connor please present one shred of evidence that this administration has sold Council owned land to developers. You can't because it hasn't. Instead we have announced the largest council house building programme in many years at a number sites around the town. What you constantly seem to overlook is that fact that Harlow's population increased from 81,700 in 2011 to around 93,500 last year - one of the highest increases in the East of England. Our boundaries have remained unaltered. We are fast running out of space. This is a problem throughout the country with a fast rising population. Too many people chasing too money homes. No government since the 1960's has succeeded in building 300,000 new homes annually. The pressure is from the demand side. If it continues at this rate, our population could reach 85 million by 2050, I.e. the equivalent of a new Birmingham every 7 years. Unsustainable. You as a Green Party member should recognise this.

Kim Oconnor
2023-09-21 14:12:16

I do recognise that James Leppard. The population is getting out of control, ask your self why that is.. your government maybe. You will have to start buying theses unaffordable houses, because where else are you going to put them, when you put profit before need.

James Leppard
2023-09-21 16:08:53

Kim O'Connor, this Council is building much needed social housing. The developments you mention are private developments, which in Harlow are being sold without undue issues, so they are affordable to those buying. Many of the buyers are existing Harlow residents moving within the town. You say you understand the issue of population growth, but do you? In the 25 years between 1973 and 1998, the UK population increased 4.67% from 56.2 million to 58.8 million. In the next 25 years it has grown by a massive 15.2% to 67.8 million. This coincides with Blair's open door policy. The levels of inward migration legal or illegal are unsustainable and putting huge strains on housing and other services. Notwithstanding the hike in interest rates, demand for housing is inexorable and this is becoming an increasingly expensive part of the country given its strategic location.The problem is on the demand side of the equation.

Nicholas Taylor
2023-09-21 16:17:15

Someone from the Council should explain in these pages just how a person or family can go on the Council's Housing Register and indeed those who cannot. This is however another example of the Council trying to cram in to many homes on a site, as they did at Sherards House, the requirement for parking spaces has been ignored, leaving just one space for each household. They would be far better of building homes for older residents but have no understanding of how this would help more people on the waiting list, a five minute chat may help them understand this. It's because none of them have any housing management experience of course.

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