Project Background

You’re bound to want to further details about Gilston Park Estate. Below you can find some of the frequent questions we’ve been asked about the project.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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 has allocated the site as a suitable area to accommodate over half of the district’s housing need until 2033 and beyond.

  4. Is there really a need for this number of homes in East Herts?

    Yes, the area needs homes for local people, families and workers to live comfortably and affordably. This has not appeared overnight: East Herts District Council has said it needs to build at least 19,500 homes over 20 years. Harlow Council has forecast that it needs to build at least 7,500 new homes, increasing to as many as 20,000 to diversify the housing mix in the area and to support the town’s regeneration.

  5. What is the difference between ‘Gilston Park Estate’ and ‘the Gilston Area’?

    ‘The Gilston Area’ is the area identified within the East Herts District Plan as a sustainable location for the development of up to 10,000 new homes which will help meet the region’s housing needs.

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  6. Who owns what parcels of land?

    Places for People are the sole owners of the land that will form ‘Gilston Park Estate’. City and Provincial Properties own the adjoining piece of land, to the south-west of GPE, which is currently known as the ‘Briggens Estate’. Together we own the land needed to deliver 10,000 homes.

  7. How have you engaged with the local community?

    Places for People has sought to engage with communities from the outset of taking ownership of the Gilston Park Estate site, having undertaken several years of engagement prior to the introduction of local and national policy mandating engagement with local stakeholders. We have continued to maintain and exceeded these consultation requirements following the introduction of these policies and will continue to do so through the development of detailed masterplans and other planning processes associated with development of Gilston Park Estate.

  8. How have your proposals changed?

    There has been a significant evolution of the proposals, and prior to PfP’s involvement in 2009, the Ropemaker scheme had not only put forward a significantly higher housing figure of 25,000homes,but there was a lack of commitment to vital transport and social infrastructure.

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  9. Who is leading the project and what is the nature of the arrangement?

    Places for People is leading this proposal, developing six of the seven villages, with City and Provincial Properties promoting the seventh village. Places for People are one of the largest development and property management companies in the UK and are different from traditional land owners and house builders. We don’t sell land or houses and move on, but make a long-term commitment and investment in communities, working with local people to provide the services and infrastructure they need.

  10. Can’t we develop homes on brownfield land first?

    East Herts District Council and Harlow Council have confirmed that there are very few suitable brownfield sites left. Given the scale of the local housing need and the need to regenerate Harlow, green field locations need to be considered.

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