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Architect: Rolfe - Judd
Developer: Addington
Status: Approved

Ref. No: HW/FUL/17/00097

This large town centre redevelopment scheme is located adjacent to Harvey Centre and will see the demolition of the existing buildings and comprehensive re-development of the site to provide a mixed-use development
including 4 new buildings ranging from 3 to 16 storeys.

  • 447 Homes
  • Circa 4,000sqm of flexible retail floorspace
  • Communal amenity space
  • New pedestrian boulevard
  • Car parking
  • Cycle parking
 

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Great stuff Arch Wright, those proposed new buildings, forming a 'street' leading up to one of the Harvey Centre entrances, are so different from any existing Harlow Town Centre buildings, that I know so well.

Very different indeed, thanks for setting up this Project Thread to cover it.

What we need now is someone from Harlow to take some photos as this progresses :)
 

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Bit late to the party on this thread...

I'm a resident of Harlow, and live a 5 minute walk from this; I can tell you the sum total progress of this development is a hole in the ground on one part of the site. That's it.

2 years (almost exactly) since the application as a whole site was approved, and nowt has progressed. Frustrating when you live here and see the decrepit state of the town centre, as this to me is the flagship development to bring the town centre out of the doldrums.

Fingers crossed 2020 is it's year to really kick on. :cheers:
 

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As I do not live in, or near, Harlow, I sometimes get a 'little bit out of the loop' on some local issues in Harlow.

Are you aware of any progress on this one, since the original postings on here last year?

Thanks,
NH.
 

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matty-boy8

As I do not live in, or near, Harlow, I sometimes get a 'little bit out of the loop' on some local issues in Harlow.

Are you aware of any progress on this one, since the original postings on here last year?

Thanks,
NH.
Hey NH,

Well....Strawberry Star (property company) has now bought the development, so progress has been even slower whilst they tweak the approved plans in the background.

As I mentioned earlier, the previous owners demolished part of the site in preparations to build the first tower (the site next to the old Odeon cinema). But since Strawberry Star has entered the fray, they've now switched attention to another part of the site as the starting point (the small block directly next to the Harvey Centre and Tesco). That's gone through planning and I believe is now approved, so we're just waiting on them to get going. However that part does have occupied shops, so will have to wait for them to vacate.

Planning application here: HW/FUL/19/00291

Here's a link to Strawberry Star's promotional blurb about this: https://strawberrystar.co.uk/developments/harlow-quarter-essex/

Personally, I believe the new block SS have designed to be boring as hell compared to the previous design.

Thanks,
Matt
 

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Strawberry Star unveil plans to redevelop land next to Harvey Centre
YourHARLOW, September 17th 2020

HOME builder and regeneration specialist Strawberry Star Homes, part of the Strawberry Star Group, have unveiled new plans to redevelop the land next to the Harvey Centre that will rejuvenate Harlow town centre. The plans will create new homes and a retail boulevard set amongst beautifully landscaped public spaces. In addition to boosting the local economy and generating new job opportunities, the plan supports the growth of existing town centre businesses.

The new plan, which improves on the previously approved proposals for the site, would deliver additional homes, modernised retail and commercial units and more, significantly enhanced public realm in Harlow’s town centre. Strawberry Star forecast investment worth around £250-300 million across the mixed-use development creating thriving communities where people will aspire to live, work and play. The plan includes creating approximately 850-900 high-quality studios, 1-bedroom and 2-bedroom homes in buildings across a range of heights up to a possible maximum of 17 storeys; c4,000 sqm of retail and commercial space; and 5,900 sqm of landscaped public realm space. A multi-storey car park on the edge of the town centre would provide residential parking for the development and keep traffic away from the town centre and the Council’s proposed new sustainable bus route through town.

Strawberry Star’s aim is to give Harlow town centre a fresh new look between Market Square, Broad Walk, West Gate and the Harvey Centre with modern and vibrant new design. The proposed new boulevard would link Broad Walk to West Gate while the public realm across the site would benefit from significantly enhanced green landscaping.
Strawberry Star will publish more details on the transformation proposals in the next few weeks as part of a public consultation process. Local residents will be able to provide their valuable feedback, views and suggestions on the future of the town centre. Plans will then be finalised ahead of submitting a Master Planning application to Harlow District Council before the end of the year. Subject to planning approval from the Council, Strawberry Star anticipates pre-construction work to commence in summer 2021.

Read More - Strawberry Star unveil plans to redevelop land next to Harvey Centre - Your Harlow
 

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Screening Opinion has been submitted with a detailed report, application here: HW/EIAO/20/00458

Wow, that means overall across all these blocks (4.5 acres / 18,000 sq m roughly) there'll be around 1000 flats.

1000 at least extra people....can tell you now the Harlow facebook mob will like this as much as a vomit sandwich....to me though, this is showing major investment is coming to the town and which is a good thing. Just hope Strawberry Star have morals and don't cut corners.

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By the looks of it, I'd imagine we're getting something very similar to the Lu2on development. As long as the new Harlow tower blocks aren't bland and boring I could get on board with this.

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Here we go; Strawberry Star has started consultation on the project, with initial plans for the development.

Can view them here

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Couple of interesting points from these plans;
  • Block A; on previous plans this was residential. These new plans propose this now to be a multi-storey car park with commercial at ground floor. Interesting as there's an existing multi-storey yards away already. So looks like they're addressing parking concerns up front and centre.
  • They're also proposing to re-introduce the road that did run through the town, but just for buses this time (on the below image, it means buses would travel up between blocks A and B, then turn right running past block B).
Looking at a timeline of 6 years construction for the whole development, to be finished in 2027 subject to planning approval in 2021.
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I sat in on the zoom meeting for this on Tuesday, where the development team explained the details of the scheme.

Unbelievably there was only....2....members of the public (of which I was one) who sat in on this, out of a population around 100,000 - there were more members of the development team on the call!

Few interesting points they discussed;
  • The Sustainable Bus route, has been pushed on the development by the council and it's not a Strawberry Star idea. Although this isn't set in stone, the council believe it's necessary to have this option (likely to tie in with the Council's idea of a East - West sustainable route through the whole of Harlow). SS aren't overly enamoured with the pinch point at the top of the development where a two way bus route would have to pass.
  • The ground floor commercial units are being built to be as flexible as possible; nothing all too surprising considering current events, but the units are flexible enough to be adapted to almost any use (retail, restaurant, leisure, childcare....etc.)
  • The Car Park (Block A) actually has a lot of thought put into it, rather than 'it's just a car park'. They were saying how the previously approved plans had a deal in place to use more of the existing car parks to soak up the residents parking needs. However SS weren't able to secure the same deal, so the new car park is essential for this development's needs. The spaces are base on a 0.5 ratio of flats to spaces (basically the car park has space for 450ish cars, to the developments 998 flats). The building will be designed to look sleek as a car park, but crucially, if a deal is made in the future to use existing car parks for residents parking, then this block could potentially be converted from a Car Park into offices/residential.
Look forward to the full application before Christmas!
 

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I sat in on the zoom meeting for this on Tuesday, where the development team explained the details of the scheme.

Unbelievably there was only....2....members of the public (of which I was one) who sat in on this, out of a population around 100,000 - there were more members of the development team on the call!

Few interesting points they discussed;
  • The Sustainable Bus route, has been pushed on the development by the council and it's not a Strawberry Star idea. Although this isn't set in stone, the council believe it's necessary to have this option (likely to tie in with the Council's idea of a East - West sustainable route through the whole of Harlow). SS aren't overly enamoured with the pinch point at the top of the development where a two way bus route would have to pass.
  • The ground floor commercial units are being built to be as flexible as possible; nothing all too surprising considering current events, but the units are flexible enough to be adapted to almost any use (retail, restaurant, leisure, childcare....etc.)
  • The Car Park (Block A) actually has a lot of thought put into it, rather than 'it's just a car park'. They were saying how the previously approved plans had a deal in place to use more of the existing car parks to soak up the residents parking needs. However SS weren't able to secure the same deal, so the new car park is essential for this development's needs. The spaces are base on a 0.5 ratio of flats to spaces (basically the car park has space for 450ish cars, to the developments 998 flats). The building will be designed to look sleek as a car park, but crucially, if a deal is made in the future to use existing car parks for residents parking, then this block could potentially be converted from a Car Park into offices/residential.
Look forward to the full application before Christmas!

There is also the second "Zoom Webinar" event this evening (26th November) between 6pm and 7pm - details at this link . . .

 

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Outline planning has finally been put in: HW/OUTAM/21/00251

No full CGI renders, but illustrations instead. Looking to complete the entire project by 2031.

Liking what I'm seeing from the Design and Access document. Exactly the type of investment the town needs, I'm sure I read somewhere this is around about £500millions worth. And investment, bring investment...

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Tallest building is currently proposed to be just a shade under 162m (530ft) / 26 floors - taller than the London Eye!

I'd be amazed if this got through planning without serious resistance from either the public or council.
 

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Tallest building is currently proposed to be just a shade under 162m (530ft) / 26 floors - taller than the London Eye!

I'd be amazed if this got through planning without serious resistance from either the public or council.
I think that is AOD measurements, I think at 26 floors, it will be around half that height. Still seriously tall for the town though
 
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