Consultation period for regeneration of Harlow town centre has opened – and the council wants to hear your views

Harlow Council is creating an Area Action Plan – a plan which will sit alongside the Local Development Plan to guide the future regeneration and redevelopment of Harlow town centre.

The regeneration of the town has been debated for some time in order to fulfil both the retail and leisure needs of Harlow residents.

Over the last year, Harlow Council has been working with consultants and stakeholders to produce an issues and options report.This report represents the first stage of formal consultation for the plan.Similarly it also identifies key issues, challenges and opportunities that the centre faces and sets out options for the plans to explore.

While the council does not own most of the buildings in the town centre, these plans will guide how future planning applications are decided, as well how the town centre will develop and regenerate in the future.Harlow Council is seeking the views of residents, shoppers, businesses, land owners and organisations on what they think is best for the future of Harlow Town Centre.

Portfolio holder for environment, Councillor Danny Purton said: “We are committed to helping to create a vibrant, sustainable and successful town centre and we’re demonstrating this commitment by developing a separate Area Action Plan.The plan will sit alongside the Local Development Plan as an important planning document and means we can focus attention on the development and investment opportunities that are unique to Harlow town centre.

“We want to see a transformation of the town centre as a place not just for the benefit of our existing residents but looking towards to the 2030s when the town’s population will have grown significantly.“It is important that through this stage of consultation we get the views of as many residents, businesses, landowners and stakeholders as possible to inform and help develop the plan.”

When are the consultation events and exhibitions?

Wednesday, July 11, 2018 – 10.30am until 1pm at Harlow College

Thursday, July 12, 2018 – 2pm until 4pm at Tye Green Library

Saturday, July 14, 2018 – 11am until 3pm at Broad Walk, Harlow Town Centre

Tuesday, July 17, 2018 – 2pm until 4.30pm at Harlow Leisurezone

Friday, July 20, 2018 – 10.30am until 12.30pm at Church Langley Community Centre

Thursday, July 26, 2018 – 5pm until 7pm at Latton Bush Centre

Friday, July 27, 2018 – 1pm until 3pm at Learning Centre, Harlow Town Park

Tuesday, July 31, 2018 – 5pm until 7pm at Harlow Civic Centre, The Water Gardens

Friday, August 3, 2018 – 2pm until 4pm at St John’s Arc

Tuesday, August 7, 2018 – 3pm until 4.45pm, Harvey Centre

Tuesday, August 7, 2018 – 5.15pm until 7pm, outside Asda, The Water Gardens

Unstaffed exhibitions:

19 – 21 July 2018 at Harlow Museum

23 – 26 July 2018 at Tree House Children’s Centre, Parnell Road (Staple Tye)

27 – 31 July 2018 at The Meadow’s Children’s Centre, Harberts Road (Hare Street)

1 – 3 August 2018 at St John’s Arc, Old Harlow

Councillor John Strachan, portfolio holder for regeneration, added: “Over the years there has been much debate about Harlow town centre and the need for regeneration.“Undoubtedly it plays an important role as both a retail and leisure destination for Harlow and the surrounding areas but more increasingly as a place to live.

“By creating the Area Action Plan we can take control in establishing the town centre’s regeneration aspirations, guiding development and promoting the investment opportunities that exist.“With so many developments in the pipeline including the Enterprise Zone, Public Health England’s National Science Hub and the Harlow & Gilston Garden Town, the town is seeing and benefiting from major investment and growth.

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“This plan is key to ensuring that Harlow town centre is ready to meet these future opportunities and once again become a vibrant place in the heart of the community.”All feedback and comments gathered will help inform the development of the plan.It is hoped that the draft plan will be published and further consulted on early next year.

Once adopted, the Harlow Town Centre Area Action Plan will replace existing policies relevant to the town centre as set out in the 2006 Harlow Local Plan.The consultation period runs until August 10, 2018.Consultation and exhibition materials along with the issues and options report are available online and comments can be submitted at

Special Thanks to Essex Live fort their Article-

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