Places for People submits plans for 8,500 new homes with a further 1,500 expected soon
Plans for 8,500 new homes within ten miles of Bishop's Stortford – with a further 1,500 expected soon – have been submitted to East Herts Council.
Places for People (PfP), one of the largest property development companies in the UK, wants to build a housing-led, mixed-use development on the Gilston Park estate, on the border with Harlow.
An outline planning application for a further 1,500 homes on the Briggens estate is expected to be received later this year. Together, these will make up the Gilston Area villages within the Harlow and Gilston Garden Town.
The garden town consists of existing communities in Harlow plus new neighbourhoods to the east, south and west and the Gilston Area villages to the north.
The district councils of East Herts, Harlow and Epping Forest and the county councils of Hertfordshire and Essex are working together on the project, which also includes two bridges across the River Stort. East Herts and Harlow councils have agreed to act jointly to manage the bridge applications.
Cllr Linda Haysey, leader of East Herts Council, said: "We have been working with the local community, developers and a range of stakeholders for a number of years on the garden town.
"There is so much potential for the garden town, not just the additional much-needed homes but, with major investment in infrastructure, sustainable transport, employment,areas, green spaces and more, we are creating communities for the future.
"We would encourage all those interested in this development to get involved by sharing their thoughts with us on the plans."
The councils are running a series of public exhibitions which are drop-in events. Officers will be on hand to help explain the planning applications and how members of the public can have their say:
Monday, July 1 at Hunsdon village hall, 45 High Street, from 4pm to 8pm;
Tuesday, July 2 at Eastwick and Gilston village hall, Eastwick Road, Gilston, 4pm-8pm; and
Thursday, July 4 at Harlow Civic Centre council chamber, The Water Gardens, 4pm-8pm.