Harlow and Gilston Garden Town boss applauds “landmark moment” in planning approval for 8,500 homes

News / Fri 3rd Mar 2023 at 12:45pm

GARDEN Town Director, Naisha Polaine, has joined Places for People in commenting on yesterday’s historical meeting at East Herts District Council that saw an agreement to approve 8500 homes as part of Harlow & Gilston Garden Town.

The homes will make up six of the seven villages planned for the Gilston area of Harlow & Gilston Garden Town.

An application for 1500 homes from Taylor Wimpey will eventually complete the seven villages and is still to be determined by East Herts Council.

Naisha commented: “It’s a landmark moment for the five-council partners of Harlow and Gilston Garden Town and the most significant housing decision in the area since Sir Frederick Gibberd’s plans for Harlow were approved over 75 years ago.

“We will continue to put local people at the heart of our placemaking and work with them to create thriving communities, new job opportunities and much needed housing for existing residents and the generation that follows.

“With Harlow Council having secured the funding for Town Centre regeneration, the door of opportunity is now wide open for the local area in terms of transformative development, investment, commerce, employment, retail and leisure.”

A spokesperson for Places for People said, “This decision marks a historic moment in the wider Garden Town movement, for the people of East Herts and the wider region.

“The outline proposals approved at planning committee provide the basis for a truly exceptional, once-in-a-generation development to be delivered in line with local ambition.

“In addition to providing thousands of much needed new homes of all tenures, Gilston Park Estate presents an unrivalled package of public benefits for new and existing residents; including around £900m of new and improved transport infrastructure, public open space, new habitats for wildlife, sports facilities, schools, healthcare centres, retail, employment and more.

“The outline application is a culmination of joint working between Places for People, East Herts District Council, the other Harlow Gilston Garden Town authorities, local parish councils and the wider community spanning over many years.

“This engagement has included early work on the masterplans for the site which will now continue in full.”

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13 Comments for Harlow and Gilston Garden Town boss applauds “landmark moment” in planning approval for 8,500 homes:

Nicholas Taylor
2023-03-03 13:04:23

Be interested to know how many jobs will be created on site compared with how may people are likely to be in work. The difference between the two is the number of commuters leaving the site to go to work each day. Added to this of course the number of people entering the site to work such as at the new schools. Outcome , which ever way you look at it, massive congestion on the A414. If anyone needs just one reason why this development was ill conceived at the outset this should be top of the list. Nicholas Taylor, Leader of the Harlow Alliance Party

2023-03-03 13:28:50

Pound to a penny she gets an obe for services to Tory housebuilders.

2023-03-03 19:09:41

Sad day for the environment. This development should never have been given the green light. Loss of green belt land, no new hospital in place, more congestion on our gridlocked roads, and no benefit to Harlow people whatsoever.

2023-03-03 19:59:00

Benefit the poeple of Harlow??? By adding thousands the waiting lists at Princess Alexander Hospital and grid lock the A414 at eastwick, hardly selling me the dream tbh.

Kim Oconnor
2023-03-03 20:00:50

No benifts to Harlow. 20,000 unaffordable homes. 20,000 more cars. Gridlocked roads. No infrastructure. No schools No health care. Ect ect Until all theses housing are built. Which means people will be moving in, while no services are provided. Which means, putting more pressure on Harlow services. Not to mention the destruction of the river stort valley, and lands, and wildlife, ecosystem, and killing thousands an thousands of our old trees. You say, you care for wellbeing, and environment, but all your doing is taking the very thing that makes us better. OUR NATURAL NATURE, You carnt plant an old tree in a new place. You can how ever, as you all say plant new ones, but we would have to wait 50 or more years for them to benift us. Our trees and our wildlife will not recover from this . Building around our flood plans will be a disaster waiting to happen, will will flood .

2023-03-04 08:29:54

So let's not build these properties , and our kids can all live in the trees.

Kim Oconnor
2023-03-04 11:02:28

Turkey, at least the trees would be saved.

2023-03-04 16:55:32

Why should it benefit Harlow? It is in East Herts; different district; different county. It isn’t in Harlow. People moving there will have their own schools, shops, communities and leisure facilities. Why would they bother to come to our Town and its awful Town Centre. Stortford and Hertford have much nicer shops. As I mentioned on another post, now we have the new M11 junction it is so much easier for many Harlow residents to shop in Stortford. Who would choose to use the Harlow Town centre, which is awful and doesn’t even have a decent supermarket or a M&S Food store?

Nicholas Taylor
2023-03-04 18:46:00

Susan, it won't have a theatre, a pets corner, bowling alley, two cinemas, a choice of supermarkets at least seven sporting centres, at least 3 snooker clubs, a first rate rugby club, a golf course, many community groups ..... that why.

2023-03-04 22:19:30

Well pointed out Nicholas, I would go further than Pets corner etc, what about the "Free" bonfire celebrations and other community events, even the use of our Town Park comes as a community expense..These New residents in Hggt will use and possibly abuse all our services...and pay nothing...

2023-03-05 08:32:32

Nicholas, Hertford and Stortford have most of these amenities too. I do not see why these residents would naturally wish to gravitate towards or be associated with Harlow. It doesn’t have the best of reputations. I think much of the concerns are exaggerated and unfounded.

2023-03-05 09:52:06

They could have built hggt pfp developments around Hertford and Epping Towns but chose to ruin the Stort Valley and literally pour thousands of tons of sewage and flood water and hundreds of thousands cars into Harlow. Our town council were a bunch of fools. Sold Harlow down the River.

Kim Oconnor
2023-03-05 10:47:24

Sold Harlow down the river , indeed, correct nosradamus

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