Helping hand for Harlow’s housing.

Harlow, Briars development artists impression.

THE £71 million redevelopment of three estates in Staple Tye, Harlow, Essex is aiming at saving the housing crisis Harlow is facing.

The Briars, Copshall Close and Aylets field, are being redeveloped from their post-war houses, to new modern affordable housing. The project provides a total of over 300 new homes, including 143 private sale homes, 165 affordable homes for rent and 35 shared ownership homes.

Map of the briars development

Councillor Mark Wilkinson, Harlow Council’s portfolio holder for housing is excited for the development, ‘The project will bring what we need to Harlow, better and more housing.’

With phase one nearly completed residents have started to be moved from the old housing into these new developments. After all going successfully, the phase will be completed by March 2018, and the development will be full of families and happy residents. ‘I’ve had nothing but positive feedback. Its all gone really really well’.

Councillor Tony Durcan, Portfolio Holder for Regeneration & Enterprise has revealed, ‘I’m confident that different types of business will be attracted and the footfall will increase.’ Which could bring a new fresh influx of business into the town, which dearly needs it. Traffic hopefully will also not be made any worse by developments as he also said, ‘Part of any new development application must have a parking/traffic assessment.’

March 2018 will be the completion of the initial 53 affordable homes, with a further 98 to be built by 2019 and finally the remaining 49 in spring 2020. With only 27.7% of housing owned by the council as of 2015 it’s a huge help to their housing situation to be able to move council tenants to new affordable homes.

 

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