Letter to Editor: Deeds not words: Harlow Alliance Party are helping protect our green spaces

General / Sun 10th Mar 2024 at 11:08am

THE pressure to build more homes will increase in the next decade and as we all know building on the Green Belt is no exception.

One of the key features in the design of Harlow was the creation of many green spaces between housing estates and the separation of housing and industrial areas. A number of these green areas have already been lost to development such as the football pitch opposite the former Square site and more recently the allotment site at Bushey Croft. Many councils are already having to sell of assets including land and buildings in order to balance the books, Harlow Council may face such a dilemma in the future.

Since 2018, the Harlow Alliance Party (HAP) has been working hard in helping residents across the town complete a Community Right to Bid to Harlow Council, which if accepted would stop the Council from selling land to developers until they had first offered it to residents in the area.

Over a dozen green spaces are now registered, the most recent of these has taken place at Kingsland where with the help of HAP, 21 residents living in Kingsland came together in December to make an application and this has been accepted by the Council and placed on it’s Register of Community Assets.

Harlow Alliance candidate in the Passmores Ward at the forthcoming local elections Steve Barnes praised the fact that hundreds of residents across the town cherish these open spaces as a community asset and have come together to help save them from being sold for development.  

The Harlow Alliance Party

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4 Comments for Letter to Editor: Deeds not words: Harlow Alliance Party are helping protect our green spaces:

2024-03-10 11:19:19

Just boomers preventing the next generations having the same opportunities they got for peanuts in low cheap affordable houses. Thats before we talk about the pensions and underfunding.

2024-03-10 17:33:22

Question to Nicholas Taylor and HAP: you regularly say the solution to housing in Harlow is to build more old-age housing units, to allow people to vacate larger family homes. If you were in charge, where would you build these new housing units within Harlow's borders and without building on green spaces/belt? How many of these units would we reasonably expect to have to build to meet current and future needs?

Nicholas Taylor
2024-03-10 18:59:19

Hi Matt, the former Lister House site, the former depot at Staple Tye, the former Occasio House site, former Sherards House site, the former Yorkes site (the council intend to build some here), the shopping hatch sites which the council have plans to demolish and more. The key to helping more people to get a home is to make best use of the Council's housing stock and regeneration plans. At the moment, if the council build say 100 homes, two thirds of these are allocated to those on the list who are not presently tenants of the council. so only 33 council tenants relinquish there current home for someone else on the list. If they are all for older tenants and 100% are given to tenants to downsize, there are 100 homes which can be allocated to other families and in turn yet more families can be helped from the list. Each time one of the older residents vacates their home the process is repeated. On the other hand, building 100 houses means that 100 people get a house but they are likely to live in it for decades and indeed at some stage buy it. There is more to this, to much to list here.

2024-03-10 21:34:12

The demand for more housing is being driven by both Labour and the Conservatives failure to control immigration both legal and illegal, this is also affecting Healthcare and Education.

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