Building new homes at Gilston Park Estate will help protect areas like Much Hadham from the development that is necessary to meet East Herts’ housing need. The character of the village will be preserved and residents will benefit from a boost to the economy, new jobs and improved access to the countryside.
Protection from over-development
Gilston Park Estate will help preserve the future character of Much Hadham by delivering a substantial amount of the housing East Herts needs - 8,500 homes.
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 Much Hadham. Places for People will contribute to strategic improvements delivered by the highway authorities such as the planned improvements to the M11 which will improve connectivity of East Herts with London, as well as helping to ease congestion for motorists returning north to Bishop Stortford.
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.
Thousands of new jobs for residents & economic benefits
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 Much Hadham.
Gilston Park Estate will be a connected series of walkable villages. It will open up access to the countryside and to new recreation facilities.
Contributions will be made towards enhancing the existing Eastwick Crossing and providing an additional Stort crossing as well as other local network improvements. There will be a regular bus service, improved walking and cycling connections and a potential northern pedestrian access to Harlow Town train station.
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