Central to the Vision for Harlow and Gilston is the mission of enhancing existing communities and creating exciting new ones in and around Harlow.

The pioneering New Town of Gibberd and Kao will grow into a Garden Town of enterprise, health and sculpture at the heart of the UK Innovation Corridor. Harlow and Gilston will be a joyful place to live with sociable streets and green spaces; high quality homes connected to fibre optic broadband; local centres accessible by walking and cycling; and innovative, affordable public transport. It will set the agenda for sustainable living. It will be….”

A RANGE OF PRINCIPLES GUIDE THIS MISSION:

NEW HOMES AND NEIGHBOURHOODS

  • A mix of house sizes and types to cater for all including those most in need and the next generation of Harlow residents who want the opportunity to stay and work in the area.
  • Beautifully designed homes and neighbourhoods built around self-sufficient local centres.
  • Appropriate levels of new social infrastructure and public services including schools and health services.

JOBS AND ECONOMIC GROWTH

  • The Garden Town vision will go hand-in-hand with plans for significant growth in and around Harlow and the wider London-Stansted-Cambridge Innovation Corridor.
  • Growth and investment are being spearheaded by the Harlow Enterprise Zone, relocation of Public Health England to Harlow and the growth of Stansted Airport- Garden Town infrastructure and housing will be geared around this to ensure it is enhanced as a destination to both live and work.

JOBS AND ECONOMIC GROWTH

  • The Garden Town vision will go hand-in-hand with plans for significant growth in and around Harlow and the wider London-Stansted-Cambridge Innovation Corridor.
  • Growth and investment are being spearheaded by the Harlow Enterprise Zone, relocation of Public Health England to Harlow and the growth of Stansted Airport- Garden Town infrastructure and housing will be geared around this to ensure it is enhanced as a destination to both live and work.

LANDSCAPING AND OPEN SPACE

  • Green open spaces will be designed in a network and will include walking and cycling links across the Garden Town and connecting out to the wider countryside and Stort Valley.
  • Green ‘wedges’ between communities will be maintained and rural in character to help ensure individual identities for new and existing communities and villages.
  • Development will respond sensitively to existing landmarks and views out of and across the Garden Town, framing and enhancing these.

GENUINE ALTERNATIVES TO CAR TRAVEL

  • With a goal of 50% of journeys originating in the Garden Town to be made by public transport, cycling or walking, this will mean a radically enhanced transport network.
  • New transport routes that will provide genuine alternatives to car travel within the Garden Town and help to tackle congestion.
  • New and improved crossings across the River Stort to link new communities to Harlow and provide better access for Harlow residents to the Stort Valley.

GENUINE ALTERNATIVES TO CAR TRAVEL

  • With a goal of 50% of journeys originating in the Garden Town to be made by public transport, cycling or walking, this will mean a radically enhanced transport network.
  • New transport routes that will provide genuine alternatives to car travel within the Garden Town and help to tackle congestion.
  • New and improved crossings across the River Stort to link new communities to Harlow and provide better access for Harlow residents to the Stort Valley.

A VIBRANT TOWN CENTRE

  • The Garden Town provides a major opportunity to revitalise Harlow Town Centre through a new shopping and workspace experience.
  • Wider opportunities will be harnessed with enhanced public transport, walking and cycling access to the Town Centre, better public realm and space for cultural and creative activities like festivals and open-air cinema events.

Read the full version of our Garden Town Vision document.