Andy Parker and partner Pauline Linger say the ‘hideous eyesore’ is making homes in the area worth less and harder to sell (Picture: UniquePictures.co.uk)
Residents of a quiet estate say they will be ‘trapped in their own homes’ by the completion of a giant warehouse right on their doorsteps.
Andy Parker, 55, and partner Pauline Linger say the ‘hideous eyesore’ being built in Harlow, Essex, is making homes in the area worth less and harder to sell.
Engineering manager Mr Parker has lived there with pharmacist Miss Linger, 60, since 1994.
They often enjoy relaxing in the back garden, but say this has not been possible for two years due to the construction work.
‘We have had two years of hell,’ said Mr Parker.
‘In the last couple of years, we had an Amazon warehouse built and now this one is going up, which is a lot nearer to the residents.
‘We have lived here for nearly 30 years with lovely, clear blue skies. But now we look out and all we can see is metal.’
The 112,000 square foot building, created by property developers Stoford and private global investment firm TPG Real Estate, will soon be completed.
Andy Parker, pictured with neighbours Dave and Lynn Snell, in the back garden of a property in Harlow, Essex (Picture: UniquePictures.co.uk)
Residents of the quiet estate fear they will be ‘trapped in their own homes’ (Picture: UniquePictures.co.uk)
They say they have asked for help from local councillors and the MP (Picture: UniquePictures.co.uk)
The warehouse can be seen from the front of the homes too (Picture: UniquePictures.co.uk)
But the council said the warehouses were correctly consulted on before the planning application was approved (Picture: UniquePictures.co.uk)
And residents say the warehouse – one of three currently being built – has knocked up to £40,000 off the value of properties in the area.
It is one of three warehouses being built behind the houses in Harlow, Essex.
Mr Parker said families hav approached local Conservative MP Robert Halfon and other councillors for help.
He claimed: ‘Because it is bringing money and jobs to the community they [the council] have not cared about the residents.’
Harlow Council said the planning applications were ‘correctly consulted on in line with our legal requirements’ before being approved.
Mr Halfon said: ‘I will continue to do all I can to support residents and represent their views.’
Announcing the warehouse earlier this year Angus Huntley, director at Stoford, said: ‘Icon Harlow has attracted significant interest from distributors looking for much needed quality warehouse and logistics accommodation in the home counties, but with quick access to London and the wider South East.
‘The final unit will provide Grade A accommodation with enhanced sustainability credentials, including PV arrays and 20% EV car charging provision.
‘We have the opportunity to offer occupiers early access to the warehouse from the end of September 2021.’
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