Old Harlow is nestled on the north-eastern edge of the post-war New Town of Harlow. It developed from the medieval period as a market place and this characteristic is reflected in the street pattern and historic buildings. Old Harlow grew during the Victorian and Edwardian era with the opening of the Great Eastern Railway in 1848. The new town subsumed the old town, but despite its surroundings having radically changed, its original market town character remains, and this is recognised by the Conservation Area status.
The site is located in one such area. The road contains a number of large and highly attractive Edwardian homes laid out in linear fashion affording a suburban character that of houses set in large plots. Significant features of the street include gable fronted Edwardian homes, large plot sizes with extensive front and rear gardens, greenery and trees, casement window frames, variation in building materials and colour, verandas and open porches.
The site presently forms a side garden to the host dwelling. It is a rectangular parcel of land with a road frontage with a hedge and wooden fence along the front boundary.
The proposed scheme provides a modest three-bedroom, two-bathroom dwelling over two floors. The ground floor accommodation comprises a sitting room, kitchen/garden room, studio, utility and WC. There is no garage, but parking and turning is provided within the site. Externally the house is finished with red facing brickwork in Flemish bond, a selection of double-glazed side hung casement windows, all under a traditional steeply pitched roof finished with plain clay tiles.
Planning permission was granted in October 2018.