New open space and public realm feature in plans for 8,500-home Harlow garden town scheme

Plans have been submitted for up to 8,500 homes as part of a planned new garden town to the north of Harlow in Hertfordshire.

Masterplan visualisation of the Harlow development (Image: Places for People)
Masterplan visualisation of the Harlow development (Image: Places for People)

The outline plans have been submitted to East Herts Council by developer Places for People.

They seek consent for the demolition of existing buildings on the Gilston Park estate site, and the erection of a residential-led mixed-use development comprising up to 8,500 homes; a range of community uses including primary and secondary schools, health centres and nursery facilities; retail and related uses; leisure facilities; business and commercial uses.

They also propose new open space and public realm; sustainable urban drainage systems; utility and energy facilities and infrastructure; waste management facilities; vehicular bridge links; the creation of new vehicular and pedestrian access into the site, and creation of a new vehicular, pedestrian and cycle network within the site.

According to a design and access statement, the Gilston Park Estate covers 951 hectares, most of which is agricultural land. The site was removed from the green belt as part of work to produce the new East Herts Local Plan, adopted in November last year. 

The statement says the site is allocated within the local plan for 10,000 homes.

The scheme recently secured a share of £9 million of government garden towns and villages funding. 

The development is part of the Harlow and Gilston garden town scheme - being progressed by East Herts, Harlow, and Epping Forest Councils - announced by the government in January 2017.

More details on the application can be found on the council’s website here by searching for application reference 3/19/1045/OUT.

This story was first published in HW's sister brand, Planning.

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