Harlow and Gilston Garden Town

We are working with East Herts and Epping Forest District councils, along with Essex and Hertfordshire County councils, on the Harlow and Gilston Garden Town.

We are developing plans for new neighbourhoods to be established to the east, west and south of Harlow, along with seven new villages to the north.

There will be a major investment in transport, jobs and community infrastructure to support new and existing residents in the Harlow area.

The Garden Town will provide:

  • around 23,000 new homes to cater for all, including those most in need
  • a wide range of jobs in easy access
  • integrated transport, including attractive routes for walking and cycling
  • supermarkets, convenience stores and independent shops
  • leisure and sports facilities, as well as hubs for community activities and events
  • restaurants, pubs and cafes
  • new nursery, primary and secondary schools to ensure there is a school place for every child
  • new high quality health centres
  • scenic parklands, woodland and gardens (including outdoor sports facilities)

You can read more about the plans for the Harlow and Gilston Garden Town in the resident information document (pdf)

In July 2018 we held events in Harlow, Epping and Gilston to give people a chance to provide their feedback on the vision for the town.

If you were unable to make the events, the documents can also be viewed here:

Harlow and Gilston Garden Town - Vision (pdf)

Harlow and Gilston Garden Town - Consultation Banners (pdf)

Key dates




Engagement and consultation on The Garden Town Vision

2018 - 2019

Consultation on masterplans

2018 - 2019

Planning applications expected during 2019 and beyond

Autumn 2018

Engagement and consultation on the Garden Town Transport Strategy and Sustainable Transport Corridor

Late 2018

Gilston Outline Planning Application

Late 2018

Engagement and Consultation on the Garden Town Housing Plan and Economic Development Plan