The “monster” warehouse spans 112,000sq ft and towers over the gardens of a number of homes in Harlow, Essex. Located just 40ft from residents’ gardens, the building has been created by property developers Stoford and private global investment firm TPG Real Estate.
The project, which is due to be completed shortly, is just one of three mammoth warehouses being built in the vicinity of the Harlow homes.
Local families have claimed that the 112,000sq ft building has knocked up to £40,000 off the value of properties and makes them harder to sell.
One of the couples affected by the build are Andy Parker, 55, and partner Pauline Linger, 60, who say the warehouse threatens to keep them trapped in a home that is worth less and harder to sell.
The warehouse has been undergoing construction for the past two years, and is a project Mr Parker refers to as a “hideous eyesore”.
The couple have lived at the property since 1994 and previously enjoyed spending time in their garden, something they claim has not been possible since the construction work began.
He told the Daily Mail: “We have had two years of hell. 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.”
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Harlow Council emphasized that the planning applications were “correctly consulted on in line with our legal requirements” before the build was approved.
In reference to the family’s complaint, Mr Halfon said: “I will continue to do all I can to support residents and represent their views.”
At the time of announcing the project 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 warehouse build is set to be completed in September, with the final project due to “provide Grade A accommodation with enhanced sustainability credentials”.