Economic impact FAQs
The development of Gilston Park Estate will bring considerable economic benefits to Harlow and East Herts.
- Will you guarantee to use local builders and tradesmen for all stages of construction?
We are absolutely committed to making sure both Harlow and East Herts benefit from our proposals. We will shortly be working up a pledge which will include employment and training opportunities and how we will work with local supply chains wherever possible.
- Will there be enough jobs for the people who might live there and will these include skilled employment opportunities?
Our proposals will help create thousands of jobs on the site. These will be in a range of services and facilities that will support the residents of the development and the wider area, including at the schools, health centres, shops, and leisure facilities that we will provide. In addition, we will provide some small-scale offices that will primarily meet a local market.
- Where does your evidence of these economic benefits come from?
We use widely accepted economic modelling to demonstrate the benefits of this investment in the area. In light of recent government announcements highlighting the importance of housing to drive job creation and economic growth, we think this will be particularly welcome.
- What role does the Gilston Park Estate scheme play in Harlow’s regeneration?
A key aim of the whole project is to support and complement the ambitious plans for Harlow’s regeneration, including its Enterprise Zone which has proposals for 5,000 jobs in advanced manufacturing, ICT and medical technologies. We do not want to compete with Harlow and therefore will not be providing floorspace for large-scale employment – our commercial floorspace will provide opportunities for people who want to live and work locally as well as for small businesses and sole traders such as accountants and solicitors.
- What transport improvements will be made to access new jobs?
The scheme includes significant investment in transport so that residents can easily reach jobs in Harlow and East Herts, including a new bridge over the River Stort, new bus routes and better access to Harlow Station.
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