Have your say in improving The Stow

Politics / Fri 29th Aug 2014 at 04:56am

THE Stow is 62 years old and Harlow Council is looking at ways to regenerate and secure investment to improve the area. Harlow Council is working with Essex Place Services to produce a Design Framework* which will help guide improvements.

A drop-in event for the community to give their views is being held on Thursday 4 September 2014, 1pm – 7.30pm at the Annexe, Moot Hall, The Stow. Further consultations events will be held as plans progress.

With the recent Aldi supermarket opening it is hoped that this will help support and secure further regeneration of the Stow. It also highlights the need for a plan to promote and guide further improvements in the neighbourhood centre, ensuring a well-integrated, designed and complementary mix of uses which is sustainable, best meets local community needs, supports business and improves quality of life.

The study will explore a range of issues, likely to include access, security, future development, links between different parts of the neighbourhood centre, the condition of buildings, and the quality of streets and spaces.

Councillor Tony Durcan, Portfolio Holder for Regeneration & Enterprise, said: “The Stow was the first neighbourhood shopping centre in Harlow and will always have an important place in the town’s history. Today it is still a vibrant place with many local businesses operating in the area and there is some community activity but we know it could be a better place for local residents.

Recent investment with the Aldi development gives us the opportunity to regenerate the Stow and we want to put a plan in place to help make that happen. The first, and most important, phase of this work is get the views of local residents, businesses and community groups so we can start putting options together.”

The views and opinions expressed as part of the consultation will help inform the Design Framework options. Views can be made online at www.harlow.gov.uk/spd-the-stow Completed questionnaires can be handed in at the drop-in event, sent by post or emailed back to the Council. All comments for consideration should be returned by Friday 19 September 2014.

Once proposals for the Design Framework are put together a formal consultation exercise will be undertaken to gain local opinions and views on the proposed content and preferred options. Any comments received will be analysed and a final proposal published. The plan will be known as The Stow Neighbourhood Centre Design Framework Supplementary Planning Document.

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