Investment in the local transport network means High Wych will benefit from less traffic travelling through the village and improved connections to Harlow and Stanstead. With Gilston Park Estate helping to provide local homes for years to come, High Wych will also be protected from future development.
Road and transport improvements
Access to Harlow will be improved, along with better traffic management on local roads. We are also assessing whether closing Pye Corner as a through route would help to reduce the number of vehicles travelling through High Wych. Residents will also benefit from the strategic improvements delivered by the highway authorities such as the planned improvements to the M11 north east of Harlow which will help motorists travelling towards Stansted Airport as well as London.
Green Belt protection
Gilston Park Estate will help preserve the future character of High Wych by delivering around 44% (8,500 homes) of East Herts’ total housing need.
Thousands of 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 High Wych.
Easily accessible from High Wych, the plans will also provide 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.
Residents will also have access to a large woodland park where existing blocks of ancient woodland will be managed along with newly created areas of woodland and grassland planting. 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.
Gilston Park Estate will be self-sufficient in terms of its community facilities such as schools, healthcare centres, nurseries and community centres, so the new homes will not put pressure on existing services in the surrounding area.
Neighbouring villages, however, will be able to benefit from the development’s new infrastructure. The new community facilities, additional shops and other services will be easily accessible to residents; as will the 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.
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