Plans to build 10,000 homes at Harlow North submitted
News / Wed 24th Jun 2020 at 03:37pm
A PLAN which aims to build 10,000 new homes at Harlow North has been submitted.
The Hunsdon, Eastwick and Gilston Neighbourhood Plan Group (HEG NPG) has delivered a 200-page document to East Herts Council.
The plan was formally submitted on June 18, alongside a consultation statement that underlines the input from the wider community and other stakeholders, including the developers and council itself.
HEG NPG chair Anthony Bickmore told the Bishops Stortford Independent: “We think this neighbourhood plan is something we can all be proud of as a community.
“It will play a key role in making sure the landowners make good on their promise to deliver developments of exceptional quality and 1,000 acres of community-owned open space.”
He added: “We’ve not only held extensive consultations with residents, but we’ve also worked alongside the developers and council every step of the way to make this a positive, constructive and collaborative plan.
“Our neighbourhood plan calls for the protection of our landscapes and existing communities, while absolutely working in accordance with the strategic priorities of the district plan.”
The plan covers proposals for 10,000 new homes across seven villages by 2040, with at least 3,000 in place by 2033.
The East Herts land is owned and controlled by two landowners – Places for People owns the majority, which will accommodate 8,500 new homes known as Gilston Park Estate. City and Provincial (or Briggins Estate) own the southwestern area of the allocated land, which will accommodate 1,500 new homes.
The schemes are part of the 16,000-home blueprint for Harlow and Gilston Garden Town – encompassing all of existing Harlow along with new strategic sites to the north at Gilston villages, east Harlow, Latton Priory and Water Lane to the west.
The next step for the neighbourhood plan is public consultation before it is examined by an independent inspector. Then it will be put to a referendum, expected in spring next year.
So, it's back to Tower Hamlets, is it ?
Not in Harlow, nor even in Essex so no Council Tax or Business rates paid to ECC or HDC. How many homes will be owned by East Herts Council ... none, how many bungalows or complexes for older residents .... probably none, how many affordable homes ... who knows? I believe I am right in say that the Chief Exec of Places for People earns more that half a million pounds per year. Perhaps a Councillor from Harlow can tell residents whether we can expect a tramway to be constructed to try and help reduce the need for car travel or whether or not just more buses running around the town?
Do you know what, it was only last week and the week before and possibly even last year I was thinking as I was sitting in traffic around Harlow, what we need is another 15k people living in the area which potentially brings another 12k vehicles. 🙄
Readers will again note the deafening silence from any Harlow Councillor. The Council have spent the last four years or so trying to keep the plans to expand the town by agreeing with neighbouring council's to allow thousands of homes to be built on Green Belt land just over Harlow's borders as far away from consultation with residents as possible. In the meantime, the council plant a few thousand trees as a sop to climate change.
Why is the proposed development so ugly and cheap-looking? They're taking some of the most beautiful green belt land, and turning into 7 "villages". Yeah right. Villages. Like Church Langley? A big, ugly sprawling estate with a TESCO as the heart of the "village". Lovely. And 7 of them. Great.