Harlow Council is in the throes of buying a large private residential development in the town next to Burnt Mill Roundabout. The development includes one and two bedroomed apartments designed and constructed for private rental. It also includes ground floor commercial space, 150 cycle racks and 142 residents parking spaces, 23 of which have electric vehicle charging points, and communal roof gardens.

The development was subject to wide media reporting in December 2023 when it was reported that Newham Council were seeking to buy the development. However, Harlow Council has worked around the clock to stop that from happening and has instead moved to ensure that the new high-quality homes are available for Harlow residents.

Councillor Dan Swords, Leader of Harlow Council says:

“We have worked extremely hard to buy this private development for the benefit of Harlow residents. I’m sure most people from the town would have read or heard the news that Newham Council were working on a deal to buy this building. I said that we would do everything we could to block that deal and we have moved quickly to buy this development instead. This is all about putting the housing needs of Harlow residents first and standing up for our town.

“This is an impressive and modern development, which has been built to a very high standard and is located on a key gateway in and out of Harlow. The original development was always intended for the rental market with just over 9% being affordable housing. We will be increasing the amount of affordable housing to 30% with those homes allocated to Harlow families on our Housing Needs Register with the rest being available for Harlow residents to rent.”