Village life is defined by community spirit and the sense of togetherness it fosters. We want to provide homes for people of all ages and stages in their lives, whilst supporting that sense of community connection.
Gilston Park Estate’s mix of 8,500 high quality new and affordable homes will range from one bedroom apartments to larger family sized homes. Those who want to create their own home will also find self-build options available. And we will provide specialist housing options to enable the growing number of older people in East Hertfordshire to live independent, happy lives.
Our commitment to prioristing local people will support those who wish to live near their families and older people who want to regularly see their grandchildren. This approach will ensure that there are homes for everyone across Gilston Park Estate: key workers, families, professionals and older people.
The six villages will each contain a village centre, which creates places for communities to come together. We will also create community spaces in every village for people to meet and share activities.
The schools proposed for Gilston Park Estate will also provide a heart for a neighbourhood, creating spaces for early learning and lifelong friendships to be forged. These school buildings and facilities will be shared resources, available for the community to use.
We will work with local artists and groups to bring cultural activities to Gilston Park Estate. Establishing regular community art exhibitions and events is just one measure we are looking to explore with local groups.
Ownership – governance & stewardship
We are also committed to giving the community a real say in the management of a large expanse of open countryside, which will be restored by Places for People. To protect these spaces, more than 60% of Places for People’s land will transfer to community ownership. This will give residents an opportunity to shape the long-term management of this open countryside space.