A PETITION has been launched against plans which could see 23,000 new homes built on greenbelt at Harlow’s border.
The Harlow and Gilston Town project vision was approved by Harlow, Epping and East Herts councils at respective meetings in December.
The plans will now go to the Garden Town Member Board on February 4 for endorsement.
It was agreed by the board back in November that each local authority should have a say on the vision document.
The document will be used to prepare final masterplans for the garden town and help to access planning applications for the sites.
The ambitious plan will see new neighbourhoods established to the east, west (Water Lane) and south (Latton Priory) of Harlow, along with seven new villages to the north known as the Gilston Villages.
New homes will also be built within Harlow itself.
The Garden Town area will provide for 16,000 new homes up to 2033, of which 3,000 will be in the Gilston area.
The remaining 7,000 new homes are planned for Gilston after 2033.
A petition has been sent to all three councils urging councillors to reconsider the initiative after it was approved last month.
The petition states: “Some of the open green spaces and play areas within the town will be lost.
“The town will become a part of the London-Cambridge megalopolis.
“Most of the new housing is unlikely to be social housing.
“The argument for the expansion is that Britain needs to infinitely expand its economy (and so its workforce, which will need more housing), and to be competitive in the world market; and to support an ageing population in retirement.
“However, Britain is the fifth richest country in the world, and can surely afford to look after the people who created that wealth in their old age.
“Britain only has enough land to produce 60 per cent of the food we need, and needs to save its farmland from being built over.
“The drive to build on green farmland is happening all over the country and is being challenged wherever it is planned.
“Hopefully our democratically elected councils and government can be persuaded to cancel this initiative.”
Infrastructure will be funded through a series of Section 106 agreements with the councils.
The petition is below
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