Stort Crossing planning meetings set to go ahead

General / Wed 3rd Nov 2021 at 04:50pm

BOTH East Hertfordshire and Harlow District Councils have confirmed their Development Management Committee (DMC) meeting dates to hear the applications for the current Central Stort Crossing and the proposed new Eastern Stort Crossing.

The River Stort Crossing plans have been submitted by the applicant, Places for People, as part of the allegedly important infrastructure needed to support the planned new Garden Town neighbourhood at Gilston and to help upgrade the transport network for all residents.

East Herts District Council DMC will hear the applications on Tuesday 16 November starting at 5.30pm, in the Hertford office on Pegs Lane with the meeting being live streamed via: eastherts.gov.uk.

Harlow District Council DMC will hear the applications on Wednesday 17 November starting at 7pm, in the Civic Centre at the Water Gardens.

Public speaking arrangements at the Committees

East Hertfordshire District CouncilEast Herts District Council has confirmed that social distancing arrangements will be in force at the meeting which means there will be limited public gallery seating available. Residents and others who have commented on the plans previously during the East Herts consultation stages, will be able to register to speak at the East Herts DMC and make a case for or against the application on the evening.

The public gallery seating will be prioritised for those who register to speak.There will be a six-minute total time limit for residents to present either against or in support of the proposals. Those who register will be put in contact with each other and will be asked to coordinate in advance of the meeting to make best use of their slot with the DMC.

You can register your interest in speaking at the East Herts DMC meeting by going to:


Harlow District Council

Harlow District Council has also confirmed that social distancing arrangements will be in force at the meeting which means there will be limited public gallery seating available and seats will be prioritised for those speaking for and against the application.

Details of the public speaking rules are at:


(Constitution Rules of Procedure Section 19)

Three speakers in favour of the proposal, three speakers objecting to the proposal and the agent or applicant will be allowed to address the Committee prior to the Members’ discussion and decision on the application. 

Each speaker will be limited to six minutes.

If you wish to speak, you must contact the Corporate and Governance Support Team on 01279 446057 or via e-mail [email protected] and advise them at least 24 hours before the meeting that you wish to speak and the nature of your interest in the proposal.

The available speaking slots will be allocated to those registering first.

If you wish to attend the meeting you must follow the current Government Guidance on Covid restrictions and social distancing.

Space will be strictly limited so please only attend if you have registered to speak. Please also note that, no paper copies of the agenda will be available at the meeting.

The agenda can be downloaded from the Council’s website before the meeting at:

Designated as a Garden Town by Government in January 2017, Harlow and Gilston Garden Town supports the delivery of 24,000 new homes across four new neighbourhoods, each carefully designed to create major new opportunities for local people to live, work and make the most of their local area.

The Gilston Garden Neighbourhood is to be made up of seven new garden villages delivering 10,000 new homes with supporting community and sustainable transport infrastructure, set within a sensitively landscaped environment. The full planning application reports for both crossings are available to view here:


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4 Comments for Stort Crossing planning meetings set to go ahead:

2021-11-03 18:27:22

I like the way they use the rona as an excuse for limiting members of the public and letting those who speak have a minimum amount of time to speak, Yet another stitch by those who think they know best in an attempt to excuse the pun, Bulldoze it through.

Nicholas Taylor
2021-11-03 18:42:53

A timely reminder that Councillors are representatives of the people. Thousands of residents have registered their objection to these proposals by signing the recent petition and hundreds have lodged their objections to East Herts DC. Whilst the developments at Giiston may provide nice homes for those living there, it will do nothing for us residents living in Harlow, except for adding thousands of potential patients at PAH, which is already a year behind it's scheduled move, they will add a huge amount of traffic on Harlow's already congested roads, leading to more pollution and noise and the new residents will not be contributing a single penny in Council tax payments to help Harlow Council and Essex County Council maintain services in our town. A quick look at the 200+ homes being built off west Road in Sawbridgeworth will give an indication of the price many of these homes at Gilston are likely to cost.

2021-11-04 12:08:21

If you think that Halfon is on your side, don't. He voted to release sewage into our waterways. What he says is different from what he believes and does in order to get you to vote for him.

2021-11-04 20:05:33

60,000 signatures and counting. This should show you how the people of Harlow are against this. Please do not destroy our beautiful river, its really all we have left.

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