Frequently asked questions
You’re bound to have a few questions about the Gilston Park Estate proposal. We’ve put together some frequently asked questions to help you out.
- What is the Gilston Area?
The development at Gilston Area will deliver up to 10,000 new homes set across 7 distinct and individual villages and supported by a £600m transport and social infrastructure package which will include significant highway improvements as well as education, health and community facilities. You can find out further information by visiting www.gilstonarea.com
- Who is promoting the Gilston Area?
The Gilston Area development is being promoted by Places for People (PfP) and City & Provincial Properties (CPP) to deliver up to 10,000 new homes across 7 villages to the north of Harlow. Six of these villages make up Gilston Park Estate and are being brought forward by PfP; with the remaining village (Briggens Estate) being brought forward by CPP.
- What are the benefits of the Gilston Area?
Our proposals at Gilston Area will deliver 10,000 homes, helping to address the local housing needs of East Herts and supporting the lasting economic regeneration of Harlow. East Herts District Council currently estimates that the area requires 19,500 new homes over the next 20 years, and the council have proposed our site as a suitable area to accommodate over half of the district’s housing need until 2033 and beyond.Read more
- What role does the Gilston Park Estate scheme play in Harlow’s regeneration?
A key aim of the whole project is to support and complement the ambitious plans for Harlow’s regeneration, including its Enterprise Zone which has proposals for 5,000 jobs in advanced manufacturing, ICT and medical technologies. We do not want to compete with Harlow and therefore will not be providing floorspace for large-scale employment – our commercial floorspace will provide opportunities for people who want to live and work locally as well as for small businesses and sole traders such as accountants and solicitors.
- What transport improvements will be made to access new jobs?
The scheme includes significant investment in transport so that residents can easily reach jobs in Harlow and East Herts, including a new bridge over the River Stort, new bus routes and better access to Harlow Station. Places for People have committed to working with stakeholders to provide a northern access to Harlow station to better improve connectivity.
- Are you just ignoring the argument that further development will cause gridlock on local roads?
No, all our predictions about the impact on transport are evidence based. We have engaged in detailed discussions with Essex and Hertfordshire County Councils in respect of transport modelling for Gilston Area and the wider Harlow area. With the provision of appropriate mitigation, the transport network is expected to be able to accommodate forecast growth.
- What of claims that development has the potential to lead to water shortages which could cause sewage problems?
All promoters of the Gilston Area, as well as the Council, have undertaken recent engagement with Thames Water who, following the completion of recent capacity assessments, have concluded that the Rye Meads Sewerage Treatment Works can be upgraded to support forecast housing/employment growth.
- Will there be enough hospital beds - how will local services like the Princess Alexandria hospital cope?
The Gilston Area development will provide sufficient local health services and facilities to meet the needs of the new resident population, whilst also benefiting the existing surrounding communities. We are aware that the NHS Trust are considering options for the relocation and/or expansion of the Princess Alexandra Hospital to meet forecast growth requirements.
- How can I contact CPP?
As Briggens Estate forms a separate development to Gilston Park Estate, we advise contacting CPP directly to discuss their proposals. They can be contacted here.
- Aren’t people justified in objecting to development on protected Green Belt land?
Gilston Park Estate will mean development on land that is currently designated as green belt however this will be done to meet a real and substantial need for housing in the local area. Stringent technical assessment has proven that this housing cannot solely be accommodated within existing urban areas, and as a result East Herts Council has considered it appropriate to make selective alterations to the Green Belt boundary to ensure that new housing can be accommodated in a sustainable location.
However, countryside and the character of the local area is important. Because of this, our plan is for a series of villages rather than one large development. Over 60% of the Gilston Park Estate land would be left as undeveloped green spaces, with Gilston Park at its heart.
- Who are City and Provincial Properties?
City and Provincial Properties (CPP) is a nationwide property developer with a successful background in completing high quality and sustainable developments with varying purposes. More information about CPP, including their contact details, is available at www.cpp-plc.co.uk
- Where is the land that CPP are proposing to develop?
CPP currently own the Briggens Estate, which is 115 hectares of land earmarked for development to the north west of Harlow, adjoining the land owned by Places for People that is known as Gilston Park Estate.
- What are CPP proposing?
CPP’s proposal shares the same conceptual background as Gilston Park Estate. It will form the seventh in a series of villages, all with supporting social and transport infrastructure. The development will include 1,500 new homes which will include affordable homes provision and a mix of housing and tenure.
- How does the CPP development differ to yours?
CPP own a parcel of land within the Gilston Area. Working in partnership, Places for People will provide up to 8,500 homes on their land whilst CPP will provide an additional 1,500. The design, build and management of the homes and associated infrastructure will be consistent across both developments.
- Is the CPP land part of Gilston Park Estate?
No, the homes which CPP provide will not be part of Gilston Park Estate, rather they are working with us to deliver a seventh village within the Gilston Area.
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