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What are the benefits of the Gilston Area?

Category: The Gilston Area Proposals   Posted:

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.

The Gilston Area will be supported by a transport and social infrastructure package of over £500m. This will include significant highway improvements as well as education, health and community facilities for the benefit of the Gilston Area community. Our plans will also include parks and retained natural countryside and woodland, with over 65% dedicated green open space, with key parts owned by the community to safeguard it for future generations.

The details around the precise location, design and management of these facilities will be determined when each village masterplan is developed – with input from the local community. However, our commitments within the outline planning application are to deliver:

• Nursery, primary and secondary schools to meet the identified needs, with up to five primary schools across the villages and up to two secondary schools; • New health facilities in specific villages; and • Flexible community floorspace within each village, including a place of worship

Good transport links are important to enable Harlow to grow in terms of both jobs and homes. As a result, the developers will be contributing towards a new junction on the M11 to the North of Harlow, as well as a widening of the existing A414 River Stort Crossing at Eastwick and the construction of a second River Stort crossing. In addition, a range of new walking and cycling routes will be provided within the development and improvements will be made to the nearby Harlow Town rail station.

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