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The Herts and Essex Observer - Government announces support for major 'Harlow North' development at Gilston

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.

The development will be a collaboration between EHDC, Epping Forest District Council and Harlow Council.

The leader of EHDC Linda Haysey said: “I think it’s recognition of the three councils working together and it will help us to work with our residents to create areas and communities for the next 20 years.”

The other two areas allocated funding are in Aylesbury and Taunton. Garden town funding is available for developments of more than 10,000 homes.

Housing and planning minister Gavin Barwell said: “Locally-led Garden Towns and Villages have enormous potential to deliver the homes that communities need.

“New communities not only deliver homes, they also bring new jobs and facilities and a big boost to local economies. These places combined could provide almost 200,000 homes.”

A raft of new garden villages have also been handed funding as part of the announcement.

The plans at Gilston have come under fire from critics who say the area’s infrastructure cannot cope with the proposed level of housing.

The district plan allocates the site for between 3,000 and 10,000 homes.

This article was first published on 02/01/17 and can be read here.