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Bullwood Hall - Essex

Harrow Estates secured a contract to purchase the former HMP Bullwood Hall prison in March 2015 via Jones Lang LaSalle acting as agents for the Ministry of Justice (MoJ).  The site was purchased in March 2016.


The former prison site extends to 48 acres, 6 acres of which is previously developed, and lies within the Greenbelt.  It benefits from a desirable semi-rural location within close proximity of the market town of Rayleigh and Hockley village. 


Frequent train services to London are available from both Rayleigh and Hockley railway stations.


  • Rochford District Council’s Development Control Committee resolved to approve outline planning permission for up to 60 dwellings with associated highway and infrastructure works in November 2015.
  • Bullwood Hall, a locally listed building, is proposed for retention and conversion to residential use.
  • A play area and wide areas of publicly accessible open space form part of the proposals.
  • The supported scheme utilises the existing previously developed land parcel currently occupied by the former prison buildings to deliver a mix of market and affordable homes.

Key Facts

No. Acres: 48

No. Units: 60

Requirements: Planning

Purchased From: Ministry of Justice

Sold To: Sanctuary Housing Limited

Date Acquired: March 2016

Previous Classification: Brownfield