Harlow residents express grave concerns over Latton Priory development

News / Wed 18th Jan 2023 at 12:47pm

HARLOW residents have express their concerns at the “oncoming chaos” that could come with the Latton Priory development on the border with the town.

Over 1100 homes, with the potential for thousands of people could be settled into the development that would stretch across Rye Hill Road to close to the Hastingwood roundabout near the M11.

The development is part of the Harlow and Gilston Garden Town Project. It has been at development stage for several years but now the process from consultation to creation seems to be gathering momentum.

For those new to the story, the development is in Epping and so will not be decided by Harlow councillors.

YH went up to Rye Hill Road to speak to local resident John Galajsza about his concerns regarding the project especially the impact it will have on residents and users of Commonside Road and beyond.

It was a tad windy up by Dorringtons Farm, so we do apologise for the sound quality.

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10 Comments for Harlow residents express grave concerns over Latton Priory development:

Nicholas Taylor
2023-01-18 13:57:55

The Harlow Allaince Party has raised objections to the building of Latton Priory and developments to the south west and west of Harlow since it's inception 5 years ago. It was the only Party to take part in the public hearings held by the Planning Inspector at Epping back in 2019. The pledge made by the Tories before the local elections in 2021 to stop development only referred to the land to the west of Sumners. Things are in fact much worse than John has suggested, as things stand development will take place just 12 feet from the back gardens of homes in Sumners and 20 feet from those in Katherines. Despite this neither EFDC or HDC felt the need to either consult or advise residents of these plans for thousands of homes just across Harlow's border. The Harlow Alliance Party wrote to all 55 Councillors at EFDC before Christmas urging them to cease the creation of a plan which will see HARLOW'S Green Belt from being destroyed. To date just 5 of these 55 Councillors have given any sort of response to HAP. Nicholas Taylor, Leader of the Harlow Alliance Party.

2023-01-18 15:47:03

I take it there will be a new Hospital amongst this lot.

2023-01-18 15:48:10

Will this development come with potholes as standard.

Pat Roberts
2023-01-18 17:34:48

Haha! I understand “they” have not even bought any land for a new Harlow hospital yet. If I am wrong can someone in an official position correct me. Nor has any planning permission been sought.

2023-01-18 17:41:46

Planners have no idea. Without the new hospital the decision to go ahead with any new developments including Gilston borders on madness.

Richard Adams
2023-01-18 19:20:37

This will be a planner’s dream that turns into Harlow residents nightmares. This has to be stopped.

2023-01-18 21:15:13

Where are the deer,badgers and of prey living in latton woods going to hunt and feed when this land is built on. Goodbye to another chunk of green belt and another nature corridor

2023-01-19 13:02:43

The recent public meeting made it clear that it will produce traffic chaos in southern Harlow. It talked about 1500 homes, each expected to have 2 cars. Assuming 1 journey per car per day that is 6000 movements. Half are expected to be onto London Road which will left turn only so that traffic heading to Epping will have to go round the M11 roundabout. Anyone fancy that at peak times? Rye Hill Road will no longer be a through road so those 3000 movements will be onto Parringdon Road, with St James School at the junction. All of the roads from there have a school not far along them. How soon an accident? Traffic calming measures (already in place along all of the roads!!!) were mentioned and road closures were a possibility. The plan is absolute nonsense and HGGT should hold a public meeting to explain themselves to the people who will be affected if they are stupid enough to progress it.

2023-01-19 13:12:48

I have just seen the report on the HGGT Quality of Life Survey! Interesting point: With Harlow town centre regeneration already underway, Garden Town Director, Naisha Polaine, has welcomed the feedback: “We’re pleased to see that people are so passionate about community, green space and better transport. “They are all huge priorities for the Garden Town and listening to what people want is integral to creating a great place for the future. “It is exactly what our five-council partnership is committed to achieving for both existing residents and those that follow.” The Latton Priory plan will trash the green space for southern Harlow, lot least by running a rapid transport route along the green space that currently runs past the Latton Bush Centre. How do they reconcile that "HUGE PRIORITY" with their current plan?

Kim Oconnor
2023-01-20 17:31:45

No one wants this. I personally do not like there plans, called garden town, when there finished it will be a concrete monstrosity. Destroying our green belt , deverstating wildlife, and ripping up thousands of old trees, what's left.... well believe me not,a garden town. Save our river stort valley. No one wants this.

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