We recognise that Eastwick will be one of the communities most impacted by the development but we are committed to working with residents to make sure our plans work for them. The village will benefit from infrastructure investment, including improved transport connections and service provisions. Nearby open countryside will be protected and enhanced through features that will make it easier for residents to get outside and enjoy the local area.
Open Space & Green Belt
The southern part of Gilston Park Estate currently lies within the Green Belt. Within the Pre-Submission District Plan, in order to facilitate the development of urgently needed homes in a sustainable location, East Herts Council have amended the Green Belt boundary to accommodate development at the Gilston Area.
We are going to see over 60% of green open space retained within Gilston Park Estate, with new walking paths, trails, parks, public gardens, countryside and woodland; as well as a whole range of new sports and playing facilities for new and existing residents to enjoy.
The scheduled moats that flank Eastwick Hall Lane will be protected and properly managed, preserving an important part of the area’s heritage. Additionally, all the green open space on Gilston Park will be protected for future generations with the land being transferred to community ownership.
A linear park will be accessible along the stream running through the Eastwick Valley. This park will link the existing valuable features in the valley (which include the Pasture North of Eastwick Hall Lane County Wildlife Site (CWS), Pasture by Eastwick Hall Lane CWS and Field West of Eastwick Hall Lane CWS) to the Forest Park in the north. New planting and management will increase the diversity of plants and animals in the area providing an attractive space for a variety of recreational activities whilst protecting the local ecosystem.
Road and transport improvements
Eastwick will see major improvements to the local road network including improvements to the A414 with a new crossing over the River Stort and enhancement of the existing Eastwick Crossing. Residents may also benefit from the highway authorities’ proposal for a new junction of the M11 north east of Harlow which will help motorists travelling towards Stanstead Airport. There will also be improved bus services, potential northern access to Harlow town rail station and improved walking and cycling links.
£500m of new infrastructure
Gilston Park Estate includes major investment in local infrastructure, including four new primary schools, new secondary school provision, nursery places, as well as healthcare facilities such as doctor’s surgeries and pharmacies – all of which will be available to residents of Eastwick.
The plans also include new village centres and community facilities which will benefit existing residents. Eastwick will benefit from access to more bridleways and tracks for walking, running, riding, cycling and outdoor pursuits.
Gilston Park will be enhanced and retained at the heart of the development. It will have sports facilities, play areas, pavilions, informal grassland, wildflower meadows and retained trees. The park will be a lasting legacy for the enjoyment of future generations from all the towns and villages in the area.
New jobs for residents
Thousands of new jobs will be created during construction and in the new schools, nurseries, health centres, neighbourhood shops and offices which will form part of Gilston Park Estate. Apprenticeships and training opportunities for residents of East Hertfordshire and Harlow will also be available.
The development will also help to contribute to the success of the local Enterprise Zone as this requires affordable, quality homes to support it. A successful Enterprise Zone will mean East Hertfordshire’s biggest and most important employers stay in the area and help drive forward greater levels of investment in the local economy; benefiting residents of local communities.
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