Harlow and Gilston Garden Town will see regeneration of Harlow’s Town Centre, with ambitious plans for the future success and vibrancy of the Town Centre.
Many of the distinctive features of Sir Frederick Gibberd’s original New Town masterplan remain evident in Harlow Town Centre. Harlow and Gilston Garden Town will see regeneration of Harlow’s Town Centre, notably, the shopping area is almost completely free of roads. The Town Centre also has the first ever pedestrian thoroughfare in the country, as well as an indoor shopping centre.
A key principle of the Garden Town Vision is to create a vibrant and resilient Town Centre for Harlow.
Harlow Town Centre still enjoys a relatively strong footfall and low unit vacancy rate compared with similar towns. However, like many towns, the Town Centre is facing a number of challenges, including competition from nearby towns, the proximity of out-of-town shopping areas and changing shopping habits, along with the general decline in the retail sector.
The upcoming arrival of Public Health England in the town, together with the development of Harlow Enterprise Zone and the housing growth planned as part of the Garden Town, have significant potential to drive a step change in the Town Centre – driving improvements to both the physical environment and public realm, as well as an increase in the quality and standard of the leisure and retail offer in the town.