A scheme of 24 energy-efficient council homes will be built on a derelict site at Harlow.

The Harlow Regeneration Partnership (HRP), a partnership between Harlow Council and housebuilder The Hill Group, has received consent for the homes at the former Lister House site in Perry Road in Staple Tye, Harlow.

The development, the first to be delivered by the partnership, will form part of the council’s priorities to rebuild the town and improve housing stock in the surrounding area.

Cllr Michael Hardware, Harlow Council’s cabinet portfolio holder for economic development, said: “Not only will this development deliver much-needed homes for Harlow residents, but it will also contribute to the regeneration and renewal of Staple Tye. The former Lister House site has been sitting derelict for far too long and now I am pleased to say we can get on with the job of rebuilding this area of Staple Tye.

“These high-quality apartments will be some of the most energy-efficient homes in Harlow and they will all be delivered by the Harlow Regeneration Partnership, which was only recently launched to accelerate the rebuild of our town.

“We look forward to working with The Hill Group on this development.”

Tom Hill, Managing Director at The Hill Group, said, “We are delighted to receive planning approval for our first site in partnership with Harlow Council, contributing to the regeneration of the town’s housing.

“This first exciting development is just the beginning for the Harlow Regeneration Partnership, and we look forward, not only to starting on site at Perry Road but to delivering many more high-quality, genuinely affordable, sustainable homes for Harlow’s communities in the future.”

The development will include four one-bedroom apartments and 20 two-bedroom apartments, with commercial space on the ground floor. Each will have access to EV charging points.

The gas-free development will feature solar panels on the roof and heating and hot water will be provided via air-source heat pumps.

Hill will take possession of the site this month with work due to begin in Spring 2024.

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