Your town, your say – two weeks left to have your say on Harlow Town Plan

News / Sat 15th Jan 2022 at 12:41pm

RESIDENTS, businesses and organisations have until 31 January 2022 to have their say on how Harlow should grow and develop over the next 26 years.

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

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.

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

“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.”

Have your say 

An online survey can be completed via www.harlow.gov.uk/town-plan or comments can be emailed to:[email protected]

The autumn edition of the Harlow Times magazine included a survey which residents can still complete and send back.

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

A copy of the draft Town Plan can be read at www.harlow.gov.uk/town-plan

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

The consultation closes on 31 January 2022.

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5 Comments for Your town, your say – two weeks left to have your say on Harlow Town Plan:

Nostradamus novoman
2022-01-16 10:19:15

Having completed the survey, it's not well designed and seems to be shaped to get the answers the current Conservative Council wants. It's a bit of a smokescreen and a sham because the works they and the previous Labour administration have already set in place and the planning applications already passed and pending have and are setting foundations and permanent keystones that will scar and overload the town and set future patterns of development. Amongst other things it's clear whatever the result of the survey unless there's radical change that recognizes climate change, what the future holds is permanent damage the ecology and amenity of the Stort River Valley, more congestion, high density and 20 story future slum housing, more discharges of untreated sewage and more homes being flooded.

Kim Oconnor
2022-01-16 12:15:49

It's a bit late now wanting to know what we all think isn't it. Unless you have all found your heart to stop the destruction of our river stort. I believe you can still stop this, if you truly wanted to. Because if this monstrosity goes a head, you won't be getting my vote again, and I hope a lot more will follow. You should of asked the public from the beginning. You councils and developers, are only thinking of yourselves, for gain and profit. Theses 5 housing estates will not be for our own, they will be unaffordable to most. If you thought anything of this town you would build council for future generations. Theses roads that are going to destroy our green belt, and put our wildlife at risk , will be down to you. You all like to tell us what your doing for environment, but failing to tell people what your truly doing with it, ripping it up in abundance.

Nicholas Taylor
2022-01-16 14:48:43

The two previous comments are so true. The survey is really so bad, it has clearly not been put together in a way which gives residents the opportunity to get their views across and is really some 4 years to late in as much as the Harlow and Gilston Garden Town (which is just a charter for house builders and investment companies to build on the Green Belt) was created in 2017. In twenty years time (we will soon find out if this is much sooner) the only way new homes in the area can be built is either on the green spaces within the town or on even more Green Belt.

Connie Sosa
2022-01-17 12:20:08

Nostradamus Novoman, please remember it was the previous Labour administration that signed up for the Harlow Gilston Garden Town project including the Stort crossing, without any public consultation. They voted on it numerous times and consolidated and approved in the Harlow Development Plan, December 2020…Stort bridge and all.

Kim Oconnor
2022-01-17 19:14:39

Connie sosa.. we are all aware that the Harlow Gilston was voted in by Labour administration.. And the stort crossing. But the public did not have consultation on this, now we do . It's so easy to pass the buck to other party's, when they could still stop the river crossing. I went to consultation recently, they did not want to talk about destruction of lands and wildlife, they did not want to talk about the 4 lane road going across the river, no surprises there, but speak of it I did. The public was never asked there views when Labour was in, its only now that there asking , because there's thousands against it. So are they passing the buck to other party, yes because they could still stop this.

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