Improved travel across the River Stort between Harlow and the Gilston area feature in a number of planning applications recently submitted to East Herts and Harlow Councils as part of the Garden Town initiative.

The existing 5th Avenue river crossing is proposed to be widened to incorporate new bus lanes and walking/cycling routes between Harlow and the Gilston Area (East Herts application reference 3/19/1046/FUL) while a new road and bridge is proposed to the east of the current crossing (East Herts application reference 3/19/1051/FUL).

Sitting alongside the River Stort plans are two planning applications for several new villages within the Gilston Area of the Garden Town.

Places for People submitted an outline application for six new villages comprising 8,500 new homes in the parishes of Eastwick & Gilston, Hunsdon and High Wych last year (East Herts application reference 3/19/1045/OUT) while an outline application for a seventh village comprising 1,500 new homes on the adjoining Briggens Estate was submitted in late 2019 (East Herts application reference 3/19/2124/OUT).

Linda Haysey, East Herts Council leader, said: “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.”

The applications can be viewed online using the references above.