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The development of 10,000 homes at Gilston is a step closer to becoming reality as the Government has announced its support.
The Gilston Park Estate, known colloquially as Harlow North, is part of the East Herts District Council district plan.
And the Government has today announced £1.4million funding for three new garden towns, including Gilston Park.
M11 Junction 7A is set to be built to Harlow’s north after the contested plans were approved by Essex county council.
County Hall members are keen to pass the new junction which they believe will: Create a key east to west link to help move traffic smoothly out of Harlow onto the M11, reduce congestion on the north to south links through Harlow and towards Junction 7 and provide opportunities for housing and business developments.
A plan to build 10,000 homes around Gilston is essential to meeting a severe housing shortage, according to the developer’s director.
Mary Parsons, group director of housing association Places For People, responded to concerns raised by pressure group Stop Harlow North by addressing the necessity of housing.
Plans to build a new town of up to 10,000 homes have moved a step closer to becoming reality.
A funding application, known as an “expression of interest”, relating to the Gilston Garden Town has been jointly submitted to central government by three councils.
East Herts District Council is set to ask for Government help to develop plans for 10,000 new homes at Gilston.
The Mayor of London and the London Legacy Development Corporation announced today (Monday 2 March) that Places for People and Balfour Beatty have been appointed to bring forward plans for up to 1,500 new homes, with up to 30 per cent affordable and 500 private homes to rent on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, six years ahead of the original masterplan.
For decades we have failed to build enough homes to meet demand. We need to build at least 243,000 homes a year to keep up with the number of new households being formed, but last year we only built 109,000 homes. Indeed, we have only managed an average of 137,000 homes a year over the last ten years. Without a change of course, it is predicted that the country will be short of up to two million homes by 2020.
Rising property prices and the economic downturn have caused a sharp rise in the number of young adults living with their parents, official figures show.
The developer bidding to build 10,000 homes in the East Herts countryside around Gilston, Eastwick, Hunsdon and Widford has welcomed the district council’s decision to include the scheme in its draft preferred options to meet housing need to 2031.
Sir Michael Lyons, drafting Labour plan for more homes, calls for ‘muscular action’
BBC Three interview about the housing development at Wolverton Park
City MP Mark Lancaster has welcomed the Governments planning supremo to Milton Keynes to see firsthand how the city is delivering new homes. Planning Minister Nick Boles MP made his second visit to MK this year to tour the Brooklands site in the Eastern expansion area.
Nick Boles is Minister for Planning and Development and the Member of Parliament for Grantham and Stamford.
Yes to Homes is a campaign from the National Housing Federation helping people to say Yes to Homes in their communities.
Last month I was on BBC Radio 4’s World at One with John Stewart from the Home Builders Federation.