Infrastructure

Gilston Park Estate will see over £500m provided towards local social and transport infrastructure. Below you will find some of the frequent questions we’ve been asked on this topic.

  1. Will the proposals lead to increased congestion on local highway infrastructure and are you ignoring this argument?

    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.

  2. Will the proposals lead to potential 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.

  3. Will there be enough hospital beds - how will local services such as Princess Alexandra 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.

  4. Will the proposals lead to potential 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.

  5. Who will be responsible for providing the necessary public services in the area?

    Places for People is working with a range of public service providers, including the NHS and emergency services to ensure that they have the physical capacity to provide services to existing and future residents.

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  6. Will you be putting highway infrastructure in place before you start building?

    Infrastructure delivery is a big investment and therefore requires careful phasing, so that physical infrastructure can be financed and delivered on site to support the delivery of the new homes and close working with the public sector agencies in terms of service delivery for the new and existing residents.

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  7. What is your position on the proposed new M11 Junction 7A?

    Places for People supports the initiative taken by Essex County Council to promote transport improvements that will assist in the economic development and regeneration of Harlow. Good transport links are important to enable Harlow to grow in terms of both jobs and homes.

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  8. 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.

  9. Will the proposals lead to increased congestion on local highway infrastructure and are you ignoring this argument?

    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.

  10. Will the proposals lead to potential 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.

  11. Will there be enough hospital beds - how will local services such as Princess Alexandra 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.

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