Harlow Council’s regeneration boss urges you to have your say on future of town

News / Thu 9th Dec 2021 at 10:24am

RESIDENTS, businesses and organisations are invited to have their say on how Harlow should grow and develop over the next 26 years.

Harlow Council has launched a consultation on the draft Town Plan which sets out a proposed vision for Harlow in 2047 when the town is 100 years old.

We interviewed the Harlow councillor in charge of the project, cllr Dan Swords about how residents can get involved.

The council says the consultation is all part of giving residents and businesses more of a say on their town and its future. The council wants the final plan to reflect the ambitions and aspirations of the community.

The plan covers a range of key issues vital to Harlow’s future and views are encouraged on:

  • How growth should be managed to meet the town’s needs
  • The different types of housing needed
  • Addressing climate change and transport infrastructure
  • Regeneration of the town centre
  • Sports and leisure facilities and green open spaces
  • Improving residents’ health and wellbeing
  • Neighbourhood regeneration – shopping centres, hatches and estates
  • Waste & recycling services and facilities

Councillor Dan Swords, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Regeneration, says that local views are going to help shape a positive vision for the future of Harlow, he said:

“This is the biggest consultation exercise this council has run for many years and it comes at a vitally important time for the town as it recovers from COVID-19. This is everyone’s opportunity to have a say about their town.
“We have a bold, bright and positive vision to make Harlow one of the best towns in Britain to raise your family and to send your children to school; the best place to start a business; the best place to live and to be a place of aspiration, innovation and prosperity for all

“Harlow in 2047 is going to be a lot different to the Harlow of today. There will be a rebuilt town centre with a once-in-a-generation programme of neighbourhood renewal rolled out. Growth will be sustainable, planned and integrated with the existing town and underpinned by Gibberd’s new town principles. There will be a sustainable transport network with residents walking more, cycling more and using public transport systems. The Green Wedge and Green Finger network, as well as biodiversity assets, will have been retained and maintained.

“Harlow will be a world class digital area with ultra-fast broadband. Thousands of new, high-skilled, long-term jobs, apprenticeships and training opportunities will be created. With the UK Health Security Agency located in the town, a modern hospital meeting the town’s healthcare needs, the Harlow Innovation Park and thriving Enterprise Zones, Harlow will be leading the way in health and science.

“This consultation is the start of an ongoing conversation with our residents, businesses and organisations about how Harlow will develop and grow and how we can improve every aspect of the town for everyone. I would urge everyone to have a say on the plan and let us know their views.”
Have your say

You can read a copy of the draft Town Plan on Town Plan consultation page.

Copies of the plan are also available from the Civic Centre, Latton Bush Centre and Harlow libraries during normal opening times.

A survey can be completed on the Town Plan consultation page or comments can be emailed to:[email protected]

The latest edition of the Harlow Times magazine also includes a survey which residents can complete and send back.

Views can also be put in writing to: Town Plan, Harlow Council, The Water Gardens, Harlow, Essex CM20 1WG.

The consultation will close on Sunday 16 January 2022.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

6 Comments for Harlow Council’s regeneration boss urges you to have your say on future of town:

2021-12-09 11:28:25

Anyone else get the feeling this fellas idol is borris johnson. Really reminds me of him

2021-12-09 12:09:28

Has he bunked off school?

james nicholson
2021-12-30 19:09:41

Gilston garden town is literally not Harlow, and it will devastate the natural environment. Tories are shit and the sooner Harlow realises that the better

2021-12-30 22:05:48

More electric charging bays through-out the whole of the town. More off road parking in and around housing estates especially those on main roads. For example getting parked cars off commonside road. Solar panels for schools and council owned buildings. More pedestrian crossings to go along with new road rules. Fill vacant shops in town Larger recycling centre with longer opening hours.

2022-01-12 11:09:46

I can't take this kid seriously. Like the Harry Enfield tory boy character

Clare Harrison McCartney
2022-01-13 00:52:32

This is a great vision and I hope it comes to fruition. The town desperately needs regenerating . I keep saying that Harlow has so much potential but nobody wants to invest in it. I grew up here and I loved this town when I was younger. I could drink in the Jean Harlow /quatroz, pop over to the tapas bar then go to the square and then jumping jacks, cms or seen nightclub. The town used to be thriving. There was never any trouble. It was a great town to grow up in and so near London. We could have this again if someone injected money into it . We need nightlife and culture here again. It can be done. You’ve just got to invest into it if you want Harlow to be a place everyone wants to be. You’ve made it like a ghost town. People are too scared to walk around the town at night and even in the day. You’ve got to clean up the streets and make it safer . You’ve got to make this town thrive once again and make it vibrant . It’s time you delivered the promised new music venue in your election promo video. That’s where you can start this process. Actions speak louder than words so please hurry to make Harlow a great place again. Kind regards and good luck, Clare Harrison McCartney

Leave a Comment Below:

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *