East Herts Council is now actively proposing the development of at least 10,000 homes in the Gilston area, north of Harlow

The consultation has now closed. Thank you to everyone who responded - we believe over 2000 people have registered their opposition to the inclusion of 10,000 houses in the Gilston Area in the proposed District Plan. Watch this space to see what will happen as a result of your action.

STOP Harlow North is a group of residents from close-by villages and towns, actively supported and endorsed by their relevant parish / town councils, which believes these proposals are completely unsustainable and which, if allowed to proceed, would have an overwhelming negative impact on the quality of life in those villages and towns.

  • East Herts Council has betrayed residents and intends to proceed with Harlow North. STOP Harlow North and the Council worked side by side to oppose Harlow North for a decade. Together we fought off John Prescott’s regional plan. Today it has done a U-turn and betrayed those who voted for its members.
  • The 'Pre-Submission' version of the emerging District Plan (ie that which is intended as the final version of the plan, ready to be submitted to the Independent Inspector) is currently out for public consultation. You should respond to the consultation now becasue it is your last chance. None of your previous responses will go to the Planning Inspector; you need to respond again. All comments will be collated and submitted; the number of comments received on this issue should cause the Inspector to give it greater scrutiny and allow local concerns to be properly aired
  • Infrastructure is already at breaking point and the Council intends to allow a significant growth in population before any improvements in infrastructure are implemented. The plan is therefore fundamentally unsound and cannot be delivered. Major infrastructure schemes remain unfunded.
  • The impact on roads, school places, healthcare, rail, water and sewage infrastructure would be overwhelming. Recent stories about the failure of Harlow Hospital exemplify the problem. We all struggle with the roads and trains and those with children or grandchildren know the problems with school places.
  • The plan is significantly different from that proposed at the Preferred Options stage of public consultation in 2014. The Gilston Area has now been allocated for housing is a dramatic departure from the previous plan. The Council's actions are undemocratic and are a deliberate manoeuvre to avoid proper public consultation.

Please use the buttons at left to:

  • Get Involved in our campaign to save the Green Belt land around Gilston from destruction
  • Read about the current public consultation on the Pre-Submission draft of the District Plan, and how you can respond to it
  • Read the Newsletters that STOP Harlow North has recently published


The STOP Harlow North campaign represents residents from the parishes of Eastwick & Gilston, High Wych, Hunsdon, Widford and Sawbridgeworth
Please see our 'Contacts' page for details on contacting any of these local representatives
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