Gilston Park Estate will protect Widford from future unsustainable development pressures by helping to provide homes to meet East Herts’ housing need for years to come. Residents will also benefit from investment to be made in the area, the new jobs, benefits for the economy and the enhancement of local countryside.
Protection from unsustainable development
Gilston Park Estate will help preserve the future character of Widford by delivering a substantial amount of the homes East Herts needs - 8,500. This will reduce the potential for unsustainable housing development in or near to Widford.
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 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.
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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