Developers Take Harlow North Debate On Tour

Communities / Thu 12th Sep 2013 pm30 06:12pm


Developers Places for People are inviting members of the community across Harlow and East Hertfordshire, to learn more about their proposals to build up to 10,000 new homes in the area and to listen to their views. Places for people hope to share their proposals with local people for development on Gilston Park Estate, located to the north of Harlow.

Posing the question, ‘Where Will You Live in 20 Years?’ Places for People will be visiting various locations with a bus tour and is asking the community to step aboard to tell them what they think; not just about whether this is the right location for major development, but also about the range of homes, new schools, facilities, transport and services that Places for People would deliver, to benefit local communities now and in the future, as well as assisting with regeneration for Harlow. A team will be on hand to answer any questions and provide further information on what the proposals entail and what it will mean for local people.

Mary Parsons, Group Director of Places for People said: “We have been working on these proposals for over six years and we know from talking to people previously that there are concerns and that they want to have a say not only where new houses will go in their area, but reassurances that the investment in infrastructure can be delivered and that schools, healthcare and other facilities will be built when they are needed. We know people will want to know more about the impact on the countryside and existing communities and we want to talk to them about all this and more.

It seems however that not everyone will be that easy to win over, Eric Buckmaster of the Stop Harlow North campaign had this to say, ‘The Stop Harlow North campaign believes that their proposals will be a disaster for the towns, parishes and countryside of the area. Options to reconfigure the roads and infrastructure for such a scale of development will be limited by both geographical boundaries and funding. We cannot see how such a proposal would regenerate Harlow, being a distinct and separate entity, but merely adding to the existing congestion.’

The Places for People bus will be in the Market Square, Harlow, from 12pm-4pm on Saturday 21st September.

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