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Harlow and Gilston Garden Town development could receive Government support as bid for funding is approved

On Wednesday (March 21) the Government announced that it would be working alongside 44 areas across England in order to develop projects with the Housing Infrastructure Fund.

The approved bid by East Herts Council, Harlow Council and Epping Forest Council has made the final stage of the process and means that the Harlow and Gilston Garden Town development is one that could receive support.

The Housing Infrastructure Fund, which was announced in 2017 and doubled to £5 billion following the autumn budget, has the potential to deliver 400,000 homes – including those as part of Gilston Park. The bid will also help to improve the River Stort crossing, as well as provide a new river crossing into the Gilston area and new transport links to the surrounding villages. Hertfordshire County Council and Essex County Council will now work together to create a business case in hope of proceeding to the next stage.

A spokeswoman on behalf of East Herts Council, Harlow Council and Epping Forest Council said: “East Herts Council, Harlow Council and Epping Forest Council are pleased that their Harlow and Gilston Garden Town Housing and Infrastructure Fund (HIF) bid has been approved by the Government to proceed to the next stage.”

“The councils have bid for funding to improve the existing River Stort crossing and provide a new river crossing in the Gilston area and also to deliver some of the sustainable transport corridor for the Harlow and Gilston Garden Town Project. The next stage will be for us, along with Hertfordshire County Council and Essex County Council, to develop a detailed business case for this funding.This is a competitive process but we hope to be successful in bidding for HIF funding to accelerate infrastructure delivery for the Garden Town Project.”

Harlow MP Robert Halfon added: “It’s great news that the Harlow and Gilston Garden Town project has made it to the final round of the Housing Infrastructure Fund process. Harlow is a fast-growing town and I will keep pushing hard for much-needed housing and infrastructure funding.”

This article was first published on 27/03/18 and can be read here.