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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.
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.
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.
Yes to Homes is a campaign from the National Housing Federation helping people to say Yes to Homes in their communities.
Columnist Charles Moore and chief executive of the Campaign to Protect Rural England, Shaun Spiers, responded to recent comments made by planning minister, Nick Boles, about the need to release some green belt land for housing development.
Homeowners should stop objecting to development and instead have “constructive rows” with officials to ensure better housing is built in the countryside, the planning minister has said.