Leading estate agent Mullucks Wells says that last week’s government announcement about creating a new ‘garden’ town to the north of Harlow means that massive building in the area is now bound to go ahead.
Harlow & Gilston is one of three UK regions identified for the construction of over 10,000 houses, along with a further 14 new villages elsewhere in the country.
Land & New Homes Director at Mullucks Wells Daniel Galati said: “As a local resident, I have the same concerns as anyone else. But I think we have to accept that this latest announcement means that building on a massive scale in the Harlow & Gilston area is now inevitable. Whilst this will bring its own challenges, we also have to recognise that there are accompanying benefits as well.”
The overall vision for the Gilston development is conceived as a series of seven distinct villages each separated by green space and organised around Gilston Park - a central, historic area of parkland. The master plan indicates that density will be limited to 15 dwellings per hectare, ultimately developing only a third of the available land.
Daniel Galati explained: “Density is key. Many other sites elsewhere have been developed with more than twice that number of houses per hectare. This means that there will be plenty of incidental and strategic open space available, helping to preserve and protect the countryside nearby.
“The fact that it has been divided into seven individual villages is also promising. I think they have learnt from other developments which have ended up looking like an unconstrained urban sprawl.
“Finally, there are the additional facilities and amenities which come as part of the package – such as half a dozen new schools, plus shops, community and sports centres.
“It’s no surprise that others want to share in the benefits of life along the M11 corridor that we currently enjoy. And on reflection this proposal would seem to add up to a quality new development which will meet identified housing needs – including more affordable homes - while supporting the area’s lasting regeneration.”