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Gilston Area

The Gilston Area development is being promoted by Places for People (PfP) and City & Provincial Properties (CPP) to deliver up to 10,000 new homes across 7 villages to the north of Harlow. Six of these villages make up Gilston Park Estate and are being brought forward by PfP; with the remaining village (Briggens Estate) being brought forward by CPP.

The development at the Gilston Area will be supported by a £600m transport and social infrastructure package which will include significant highway improvements as well as education, health and community facilities. The proposals will be based on the original ‘Garden City’ principles of equality, good health, quality of life, a sense of community and access to employment, facilities and the countryside.

Villages with character

  • 10,000 new homes arranged in 7 distinct villages, each separated by green space
  • Providing a wide range of housing options from affordable homes to self-build plots and family homes
  • Addressing the local housing needs of East Herts and supporting the lasting economic regeneration of Harlow
Village 3 frontage to landscape
Extensive parkland, woodland and playfields would be created offering spaces for sports and outdoor pursuits

Enhancing green spaces

  • Enhancements to the setting of Gilston Park will be a centrepiece of the development
  • Over 65% of the Gilston Area will be dedicated green open space, with key parts owned by the community to safeguard it against future development
  • Scenic parklands, woodland and gardens, as well as a wide array of outdoor sports facilities for all generations
Essential social infrastructure
  • Primary schools and Secondary schools to ensure there is a school place for every child
  • Two Primary Care health centres to service the needs of the Gilston Area community
  • Leisure and community centres, including sports facilities and libraries, as well as hubs for community activity and events
Transport improvements

The Gilston Area will contribute to the provision of strategic infrastructure, that is designed to serve overall growth in the area, by assisting with the delivery and contributing to the cost of:

  • Widening of the existing A414 River Stort Crossing at Eastwick
  • A new Eastern Stort Crossing and bypass of Pye Corner
  • A range of new walking and cycling routes within the development with links across the River Stort to Harlow
  • A comprehensive bus strategy that builds on the existing Harlow Town and East Herts bus routes
  • Improved links to the nearby Harlow Town rail station, which provides services to London, Cambridge and Stansted Airport