Council steps up work to build new council homes for Harlow families

Harlow Council / Wed 20th Mar 2024 at 09:28am

HARLOW Council is ramping up its work to build new council homes for Harlow families with contractors on site in Woodleys progressing works as part of a scheme to provide six new houses.

In 2024 the council is investing over £37 million to build 103 new council homes as part of phase 1 of its housebuilding programme.

The phase 1 schemes will provide a mixture of houses, apartments, and bungalows to meet the different housing needs of residents with sites at:

Arkwrights – 8 houses
The Yorkes – 6 bungalows
Woodleys – 6 houses
Perry Road (former Lister House site) – 24 apartments
Staple Tye depot – 10 houses
Parnall Road – 5 houses and 5 apartments
Sherards House – 14 houses
Pytt Field – 5 houses
Potter Street Neighbourhood Office – 5 apartments
Lower Meadow Garage site – 8 modular single-storey homes
Elm Hatch – 6 apartments and 1 house

All homes will be allocated to Harlow families on the Harlow Housing Needs Register and include several energy efficiency design features and are of high-quality design.

The council is also overhauling how it allocates council housing to ensure that Harlow residents are the priority for council homes including the new homes it is building.

Councillor Michael Hardware and Councillor Dan Swords, Leader of the Council, visit the Woodleys site this week to see how works are progressing. This scheme on a former under used garage site, adjacent to Black Bush Springs in The Stow, will see 6 two-bedroom council houses built with parking and a new garage block to the front of the site.

Councillor Michael Hardware, the cabinet portfolio holder for economic development, said:
“We are building new council homes for local families on brownfield sites and renewing areas in our neighbourhoods which need regeneration. Across the town, we are on site with works underway on all 11 schemes and that work is significantly ramping up now and we can see progress being made.”

Councillor Dan Swords, Leader of Harlow Council, who recently visited the Perry Road site where the council and Hill Group – Harlow Regeneration Partnership – are building 24 new council apartments, said:
“Alongside our £37 million investment into our housebuilding programme we are overhauling how we allocate our council housing so that we can truly deliver our commitment to build new council homes for Harlow families.”

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35 Comments for Council steps up work to build new council homes for Harlow families:

2024-03-20 09:39:19

People always moan, but in a comparatively short time since 2021, this administration is building more council homes than Harlow Labour built in a decade (virtually none). Plus they very recently stopped an invasion by Newham at Burnt Mills, which would resulted in another Terminus House! Credit where it is due.

Kim Oconnor
2024-03-20 10:06:26

I saw the green fencing going up at elms hatch, and last week saw the huge multi colored plastic going up on said fence... This says to residents that ,I don't think theses are going to be built very soon, because if they were, why would you waste money putting theses up.. There's an awful lot of knocking down going on in this town, but actually nothing going up. This should be your next slogan.. yes it's good that your building council house's, if indeed many will be in truth..Who knows.. And as for burnt mill flats, they should of been secured for Harlow in first place.. it will be interesting to see, if they were cash bought or a loan.. I'll await that out come if and when this council will release more details on them.

old harlow vigilante
2024-03-20 10:22:35

repair the old homes that need work done first

David Forman
2024-03-20 10:36:28

Kim O'Connor has a point about a lot of shiny new hoardings surrounding demolition sites. She and others should ask what happened to the Arts and Cultural Quarter project?

2024-03-20 11:38:48

I hope that all those waiting for homes will have a chance of being housed and not just those on benefits (which is usually the case) !

2024-03-20 11:55:42

R.i.p Harlow New Town.

Michael Hardware
2024-03-20 12:12:47

David, the planning application is in on the Culture Quarter and due to be determined next month I think.

Michael Hardware
2024-03-20 12:20:03

Kim, hoardings have to be put up for health and safety reasons during both demolition and construction: the former having to happen before construction can commence! Yes, I understand your scepticism considering the poor level of council house building during the 10 years of the last Labour administration, but be assured we are building 100+ council houses, and that is just the first phase!

Kim Oconnor
2024-03-20 12:37:44

Michael Hardware, we can understand the fence, but the plastic covering has nothing to do with health and safety because the said fence is there.. How much has that cost.? Stop rattling on about labour, we all know how bad they were, but you lot are not much better.. let's wait and see what goes up first shall we.

Nogin the nog
2024-03-20 14:17:44

We have hade the green fence out side are house for 8 months ore more then contractors turnd up whith the shiney clading waist of money all it needed was a notice saying it was going to be new council houses the next week my rent whent up £10 a week😡

2024-03-20 14:19:26

I wonder if we could see the accounts, to see what is going on. I have asked several times, still waiting

Stephen Wright
2024-03-20 15:21:14

I hope all the plastic covering is recyclable

Bruce Downey
2024-03-20 15:35:52

Kimbo, It’s good to tart it up a bit..💋 it will brighten up the neighbourhood in the meantime.🌞

2024-03-20 15:44:41

The Burnt Mill Flats fiasco they should never been an agreement to lease them off to Newham Council in the first place Danny Boy realised his publicity stunt went tax’s up realising rather quickly he had to scrap the idea which the Tories did and added they new nothing about the deal 🤣😂🤣😴 what utter rubbish.

James Leppard
2024-03-20 16:05:03

DEC HAN what utter rubbish is your take on the Burnt Mills. You clearly have zero understanding of the background to the development. Your comments are, with regards to the actual facts, complete nonsense.

2024-03-20 17:45:49

Concrete jungle overloaded with vehicles. Not a town that i want to live in any more.lol. one day there will be blocks of flats built in Harlow Town Park.Grade 2 listed means nothing to some. Just keep building and building and building. How vile,concrete and metal.I prefer lush green open spaces,fresh air,nature and wildlife.Just saying.😆

2024-03-20 17:56:15

James Leppard. Dont knock the electorate. You serve Us. Answer questions when asked and don't treat us like fools. Personally I think you are all incompetent and a new regime is needed

James Leppard
2024-03-20 18:06:26

Jasper, my comments are factually correct. I am not knocking the electorate. A single individual making wholly erroneous comments and assertions does not represent the wider electorate. As to answering his questions, I think that if you care to read his text again, you will see that he raises no questions to be answered; merely statements that have no basis in facts.

2024-03-20 18:27:12

Someone please tell me! Harlow homes for Harlow people does this mean the thousands that are living in the warehouses on river way and other areas are classed as Harlow people?

2024-03-20 18:34:25

Fact how many places around Harlow are boarded up awaiting magical construction. All these promises and nothing happening. I can't wait for your mob to start canvassing and knock on my door. Smoke and mirrors and false promises

James Leppard
2024-03-20 18:37:45

Jasper, you are of course entitled to your opinion.

wake up
2024-03-20 18:39:31

Well said Jasper and Kim O'conner always hits the nail on the head.Councillor James Leppard,When will building work start?Dates please.

2024-03-20 19:11:22

I walked past Purford Green school today, new houses are being built next to it (Oakview Walk?). They looked decent. Not included above that I can see, previously reported as 29 private, 6 council so even better news. Very unlike our politicians to understate achievements. These building projects sound like good news for people on the waiting list. Perhaps Labour would like to tell us why it took a change of council to get the momentum going (or was it "momentum" going that enabled it)

Kim Oconnor
2024-03-20 19:12:14

Wake up, James Leppard only answers questions he wants to answer. And James Leppard you clearly have no understanding of how residents are feeling.. And clearly you knock the electorate on many occasions.. its not a good look..

2024-03-20 22:16:44

Kim . How do you know how residents are feeling , have you spoke to everyone in Harlow. Not everyone feels the same as you. Try asking the people that have now got chances of getting a home.

2024-03-20 22:46:17

James Leppard, you clearly have the facts about Burnt Mills. Given your boss was shown with a spade in the summer, perhaps we can be told how you guys went from being apparent front runners to, seemingly, needing to complete a deal in a panic. it might serve as a lesson for the future. Or, you might be able to tell us that Harlow was actually in full control and the Newham's involvement was actually fake news. In answering, you will also be able to answer Kim's comment that you answer selectively. Over to you.

Nicholas Taylor
2024-03-20 23:59:49

Voteforme, the new homes at Purford Green are not Harlow Council homes and readers may remember that Cllr Swords was going to lie-down in front of the tractors to stop them from being built. Any new council homes are of course to be welcomed but I am afraid that building houses does nothing in the short or long term to make best use of the councils resources. The prime aim should be to increase the number of council homes which become vacant, the number is at the moment between 500 to 600 per year. I am afraid that neither the last Labour administration or the current Conservative one understands this. Building decent modern homes for older tenants would encourage those occupying homes which they no longer need to downsize, which in turn increases the number of homes being vacated. at the moment two thirds of homes being re-occupied are given to those without a council tenancy, giving rise to the common comment that homes are not being given to long term Harlow residents. Nicholas Taylor, former Housing Manager with Harlow Council and Leader of Harlow Alliance.

Kim Oconnor
2024-03-21 09:07:07

TURKEY.. Because I know people at elms hatch, I know friends that are having the house and parking built straight on the back of there houses and garden... Blocking light into there houses.. This also was left for 7 weeks, with out tidings up, nails poking out of old bits of wood, that were stuffed between the gate.. I have the pictures of Prof.. the end houses garden was a total mess for 7 weeks.. And for the record TURKEY, I never speak with out facts. Don't let this council full you into thinking there all council houses, there not.. As for Pulford green.. They all so have terrible parking issues at Pulford Green. As there will be at Elms hatch.. throw them up with out any thoughts of congestion.

2024-03-21 11:12:11

Regarding congestion with all these magical homes being built. When will our elected members of the Council get with the county Council and sort out the infrastructure of Harlow. Roads falling to bits. Traffic lights giving priority to buses and out of town cabs which of the buses are very few, causing traffic chaos in and out of Harlow. The road by Sainsbury in particular. Its a joke .

peter henegan
2024-03-21 13:50:32

Nicholas Taylor. The Purford Green site was reported by YH as having 6 affordable houses. What are they if not council please. This appears to be an Essex county council initiative. Will Harlow council by buying them?

2024-03-21 15:18:26

As long as they are not just for lazy benefit people who don’t wanna work as they get more for doing nothing!

2024-03-21 19:56:55

I'm a little confused..... All for the new council houses as they are desperately needed, however 37million??? That's an average cost of just over 350k per home. I have no construction knowledge or expertise, but when most are apartments (and looking on Rightmove an average 3 bed house cost 350) this seams a high outlay in build costs.... Surely couldn't be more government contracts on mates rates??

2024-03-21 23:18:42

Mr Derek Clark, you are so right; maybe even over optimistic. Not only could Harlow Labour not organise a pi- up in a brewery, they could even find the brewery!!

2024-03-21 23:19:59

Mr Derek Clark, you are so right; maybe even over optimistic. Not only could Harlow Labour not organise a pi- up in a brewery, they could not even find the brewery!!

Nicholas Taylor
2024-03-21 23:50:17

Peter, the term affordable housing does not just mean council housing, it also includes ones that are sold at up to 80% of market rents and ones that are rented at up to 80% of market rents. Harlow Council have as far as I know no intention of buying any of these off of Essex County Council because they ECC their own home building programme across Essex. They will sell properties to help balance their books.

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