Demolition of derelict Sherards House nearing completion to make way for 14 council homes

News / Thu 7th Dec 2023 at 07:21am

DEMOLITION of derelict Sherards House nearing completion to make way for 14 council homes

Work is nearing completion on the demolition of derelict Sherards House on Three Horseshoes Road, a scheme that will make way for 14 new high-spec council homes that will go to Harlow families on the Housing Needs Register.

The new development will comprise five detached, four semi-detached and a terrace of five new homes, with each home benefitting from two parking spaces each, EV charging points and extra visitor parking, solar panels with battery technology and high-technology energy efficiency measures. The development will also benefit from high-quality landscaping and an upgrading of the public right of way through the site.

All homes in the development will be council homes offered at council-rent levels. The aim is for building on site to be completed in 2025.

The scheme is one of 11 from phase 1 of the council’s housebuilding programme which will provide 103 new homes. Work is starting on site for all 11 schemes before Christmas with many already underway.

The demolition of the house and clearance of the site, which will see up to 95% of the materials from the derelict building recycled and the iconic front archway re-used in the scheme, is being overseen by the council’s maintenance company HTS. Councillor Dan Swords, leader of Harlow Council and Councillor Michael Hardware, cabinet portfolio holder for economic development, joined representatives from HTS earlier this week to see how the demolition is progressing.

Councillor Michael Hardware, cabinet portfolio holder for economic development, said:

“I am pleased to say that the derelict Sherards House is now almost fully demolished. Once the site is cleared, we will continue to deliver on our priority to rebuild our town and create new, high-spec and energy efficient homes for families on Harlow’s Housing Needs Register. This development will also help restore pride into this area, which has been left with this derelict building for far too long.

“The designs for this site look fantastic and I am very much looking forward to seeing them being realised over the coming months.”

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25 Comments for Demolition of derelict Sherards House nearing completion to make way for 14 council homes:

2023-12-07 08:10:10

So Harlow anticipates those that require tax payer subsidised housing are in a position to own two electric vehicles.

Toni Harten
2023-12-07 08:26:33

Let’s hope they are given to the people who have been on the waiting list the longest.

2023-12-07 08:37:45

I thought it was a listed Building so couldn't be touched?

Dan Swords
2023-12-07 08:43:22

It is the law that EV charging points must be provided with all new builds.

Dan Swords
2023-12-07 08:45:08

No the building wasn’t listed, it was in a total state of disrepair having been used previously for temporary accommodation units and then closed down. It was an antisocial behaviour hotspot with a fire inside the building not long ago. The derelict building had no listed status and will be replaced with 14, well designed council homes for local families.

Kim Oconnor
2023-12-07 08:54:31

Dan swords, ask your self why it was in total disrepair... Because you lot would rather pull something down, rather than maintain it, there for wasting money left right and centre. You could of done this house up, you could of preserved this building, you could of made it into council flats. This council will go down, as destroying every piece of history we have in this town, and taking our lands for your vanity project s..

Calum David Potter
2023-12-07 09:43:55

Disgusting! Your Harlow does not care about all off harlow's old houses going! Your Harlow should be ashamed off themselves!

2023-12-07 11:28:27

Dan swords you are to young to appreciate such beautiful building,you will never restore pride in Harlow. 100% these ugly new build homes will not be standing for anywhere near as long as this beautiful old building was and it would not have become a hot spot for anti social behaviour if it had been looked after and maintained. What an absolute disgrace all involved in this project are. Dan Swords go and take a look around the older areas in Harlow and look at the state of the pavements,and overgrown bushes and trees and the state of the cycle paths and thehorrendous parking and overload of vehicles in this town. Restore pride,thats s joke.

Nicholas Taylor
2023-12-07 12:16:31

The letter I sent which appears elsewhere was sent to yourharlow a few days ago but has only just appeared. The fact is of course, the Council let the house run down. They are building 11 houses where vehicular access will only be single file and like many others they propose to build will be totalling out of keeping with those surrounding them. Nicholas Taylor, Leader of the Harlow Alliance Party

peter henegan
2023-12-07 13:09:44

We have our council building 14 new homes, including recycling of stone from the old building, and they still get criticized. It is unfortunate that old buildings get knocked down but surely it is better to have new, modern homes than a derelict building.

Stuart Crook
2023-12-07 13:14:45

Council can pull this place down but would not let the white horse pub to be pulled down the white horse pub is an eyesore falling to pieces four 3 bedroom houses could have been built for local people to buy

2023-12-07 13:51:42

The building would not havebeen derelict if the council had maintained it. Lets seehow long these ugly new build homes last for. There will be nowhere to walk in this town soon. What a disgrace.R.I.P HARLOW TOWN!!!!

2023-12-07 14:06:49

There is a document available on line if you google it with a report showing photo's and cost assesment on getting it back to standard for around £190K, i didn't read the whole document.

Richard Adams
2023-12-07 14:09:54

I am no fan of this Tory Council but to be fair they should be given some credit. This site has had all sorts of issues over the last 30 years, and the building has no great historical interest or architectural merit. Even if properly maintained the building is still a Victorian building made of 9” brickwork that could never be brought up to modern standards. Much better in my view to utilise the site to build much needed social housing that meets all modern standards and contributes to reducing Co2 emissions into the future.

2023-12-07 14:16:56

Where has my earlier comment gone ?

2023-12-07 14:44:49

So here we go again - double standards being utilised. So we have to see the White Horse falling to disrepair because the planners decided it has heritage status - no it has not. It is being used for drug dealing and fly tipping. Yet Sherrards House can be demolished - what is going on here? Total double standards and a disgrace

2023-12-07 14:46:52

Request to Dan Sworders - please explain to me why the White Horse in Old Harlow cannot be demolished and Sherrards House can?

Fed Up
2023-12-07 14:55:30

Stop building new build homes. They are not houses. They are small, cramped and poorly designed with no gardens.

2023-12-07 14:59:20

Please try and drive round harlow from 8am on a weekday before you build more homes. The traffic is terrible and we do not need more homes with more people trying to drive round Harlow. The traffic and roads need to be prioritised. Not filling every space with unaffordable homes for normal people. Clearly the keep clear markings on the floor at roundabouts don't work. People drive recklessly, people speed down taxi/bus lanes to jump traffic as there is no cameras stopping them. Its a shambles. SORT THE TRAFFIC FIRST

Lesley Barnard
2023-12-07 17:42:30

Where's the infrastructure to cater for more homes?

2023-12-07 18:12:06

Harlow council housing needs to start maintaining the house's they have let out the family's for years. The maintenance in the house's,and all around the streets in harlow that are the councils responsibility are absolutely disgusting , gone right down hill. I have been waiting 2 years for a damp repair and keep on reporting it! And been waiting 4 months for my gutters to be cleaned out!! All my windows need replacing the windows in the house have been in over 25 years and all the units are gone!! They want there rent money of me every mouth, they soon say if they don't get the rent!!!!!

Nicholas Taylor
2023-12-07 18:34:53

Adam, to put this in perspective, I think the council spent between £150k and £200k per flat at Prentice Place to modernise the flat block. Richard, check my post on the other article on this issue. Nich

2023-12-07 19:35:45

People thets not forget the younger generation need homes and if they all go to local people who can't afford to buy that's a good thing. and not to people out off the area. as for affording electric cars maybe they can rent out the ports so they by one 😉 and thets face it Harlow council can't afford to maintain anything they need to do better no matter whot party is in power 😟😕

2023-12-07 21:39:20

I lived here when I was in temporary accommodation a couple of years ago, in my opinion the house was structurally good and could of been saved but I’m no survivor. It’s heartbreaking to see that this house could of made a potential beautiful home for someone to appreciate, I know that I would of.

2023-12-09 20:03:52

Typical of the council, don’t fund something until it becomes run down annd uneconomic to repair then sell it off to developers or in this case demolish and claim it as a success.🤷‍♂️🤷‍♂️

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