Over 1500 of the larger homes in Harlow are occupied by just one or two people, many of whom would like to move to a more suitable smaller home.

But Harlow Council continues to build homes for families, which in due course can be purchased by the sitting tenant. Since 2012 Harlow Council has lost over 600 from it’s stock of council owned homes, the Conservative pledge to build more homes will not replace the number of those lost.

The Harlow Alliance Party wants to see the Council make best use of it’s housing resource. Building new homes of a high standard with facilities for older and impaired residents would give residents a better choice when considering downsizing their home. Such homes would not be subject to a Right To Buy, the larger homes vacated would then be allocated to families to occupy.