Plans for temporary shop in Gilden Park set to go before Harlow Council planning committee

General / Tue 5th Dec 2023 at 08:36am

PLANS for a temporary shop in Gilden Park is set to go before Harlow Council’s planning committee

The application states: “Permission is sought for the construction of a temporary shop for a period of two years to meet the convenience retail needs of the local community pending completion of permanent, previously approved retail units. The shop would be provided within a converted shipping container to be placed on open land opposite Fieldfare Way.

“A condition is proposed to ensure that once the two-year period has elapsed the use would cease and the shop unit and associated infrastructure would be removed, leaving the site to be laid out in accordance with previously approved development. Subject to this and other appropriate conditions the proposal is considered acceptable and is recommended for approval.




  •   Unsightly and out of place; eyesore, especially for Fieldfare residents, don’t want shipping container outside windows
  •   Noise from vehicles, slamming doors, early morning deliveries, customers congregating, refrigeration
  •   Additional traffic and on-street parking to the detriment of residents; parking provision inadequate for staff and customers
  •   Concern at litter/ rubbish/ odour
  •   Can see facility being made permanent, who knows how long it would be there, willinevitably be there for more than two years
  •   Temporary provision not good enough, need permanent not temporary solutions;need the facilities promised when properties were purchased, still not available years after moving in; what’s next a school in a shipping container; would feel more comfortable if guarantee facility would not affect timeline for permanent facilities
  •   Facility not needed as two Co-ops and two Tescos are nearby
    Officer comment: These comments are addressed within the body of this report.
  • Support
  •   Facility is necessary, long overdue, fills a crucial gap, extremely helpful to majority of residents but should be temporary solution only
  •   Welcome shop on doorstep; accessible walking distance shop is convenient and helpful and benefit to residents without car like single mothers and elderly
  •   Hub for social interaction; enhance quality of life
  •   Should be no restriction on what shop sells – should provide goods of normalconvenience store; opening hours should be 8am to 10pm
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7 Comments for Plans for temporary shop in Gilden Park set to go before Harlow Council planning committee:

Aaron Hardy
2023-12-05 09:56:42

Gilden Park has been around for years now and the best they can come up with is a shipping container like some slum. Will look awful and definitely be there permanently - as with the rest of the snail-like development of the area. We do desperately need a shop, as I don't drive and aren't particularly mobile. But not this, they can do better.

2023-12-05 10:34:35

LoL,we are going backwards in this country,everything was designed and built so much better than it is today. A shipping container for a temporary shop for a relatively new housing area compared to some other areas. It has got to be a joke? Everything was built so much better in the past in my opinion.

Mark Cooper
2023-12-05 13:47:23

I strongly disagree with the temporary solution for Shop. I’m new to Fairfield Way and I will object strongly. anything to do with a temporary solution will lead to rubbish, rodents bad behaviour.

2023-12-05 14:44:30

A temporary shop is better than no shop. We had a temporary shop while redevelopment went ahead here with no issues at all.

Luke Burton
2023-12-05 15:47:54

Many permanent things were once temporary.

Resident 2
2023-12-05 20:31:41

Yes agree we need some sort of shop around here at least somewhere to get a pint of milk.

Michael Dutch
2023-12-08 11:23:01

So have Harlow Council rubber stamped this absurd application yet or not??

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