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Gilden Way - Phase 2

Land North of Gilden Way - Harlow - Essex - CM17 0JF

  • Harlow is a New Town in West Essex
  • Close to the border with Hertfordshire
  • The development site is located on land to the North of Gilden Way 
  • Capacity for approximately 1200 dwellings of mixed tenure and size
  • Overview

    A brief overview of the site

    Taylor Wimpey along with two other large housing developers (the Harlow Consortium) have acquired an interest in land to the north of Gilden Way, Harlow. Following receipt of the planning permission on 8 Sept 2015 the land is being redeveloped to create a new vibrant community within a residential led mix-used development. 

    The consortium partners are committed to consulting local stakeholders and the local community with regard to its planning applications. The consortium wishes to now consider an application upon phase two of the land (north of the proposed linear park). The approved outline planning consent established the acceptable principle for delivery of up to 1100 dwellings, in conjunction with other community benefits.

    Taylor Wimpey and the consortium developers each possess a strong track record in consulting and communicating with members of the local community, local Councillors, community groups and other relevant third party stakeholders. 

  • About the site

    Additional information on this development

    The site itself has been identified for residential development by Harlow Council and has been referenced within the recently published Strategy for Growth

    The site is located on land to the North of Gilden Way, Harlow. It is currently used for arable agricultural purposes.

    The application site area extends to 62.58 ha which includes landscaping proposals within the Green Belt. The southern part of the site was removed from the Green Belt in the Local Plan for Harlow which was adopted in July 2006. The Local Plan covers the period to 2011 in line with the Structure Plan, and under this plan the southern part of the site is identified as a Special Restraint Area (SRA), safeguarded to meet future development requirements for Harlow.

    Within 1600m walking distance the following facilities can be found:

    Retail: A Tesco Superstore is 2km from the site. Other retail areas include Cambridge Road, Market Street, Churchgate and Old Road, all providing a range of local shops.

    Education: Mark Hall Comprehensive, Fawbert and Barnards Primary School, St. Nicholas Primary and Secondary School and Harlowbury Primary School are all within 1600m of the development.

    Healthcare: Old Harlow Medical Centre is 1km away from the centre of the development. It is proposed that expansion of Old Harlow Health Centre will take account of growth in the area.

    Public Transport: Harlow Mill Rail Station and several bus stops are all within 1000m of the site. The existing bus services provide connections to Harlow Town Centre, Chelmsford, Sawbridgeworth, and Bishops Stortford.

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  • What's proposed

    Our current proposals for the development of the site

    The approved outline application proposes a residential-led mixed-use scheme comprising up to 1100 dwellings and associated facilities such as;

    • Three new playing pitches and a new pavilion
    • A new linear park
    • Neighbourhood shops and services
    • A community hub building
    • Provision for a potential new primary school
    • Landscaping
    • Associated infrastructure


  • Community

    How the development will benefit local people

    • Community building and associated car parking
    • A landscaped linear park and Public Open Space
    • Four children's play areas
    • Improvements to local transport network including a new bus route
    • Contributions to local education
    • Provision of affordable housing
    • Provision of new school land and financial contribution
    • Provision of football pitches and changing facilities
    • Provision of local shops
    • Provision of allotments
  • Updates

    Keep checking back here for updates on Gilden Way

    On 30 July 2018 a Full planning application for the phase 2 development area comprising 593 homes, commercial space and community buildings was submitted to Harlow District Council replacing the approved development or 449 dwellings, remaining well within the limit of 1100 units established within the approved outline stage.

    The new designs accord with the The Design Code Application approved on 29 May 2014 under reference HW/PL/13/00455 and therefore both the density and massing of the design remain within the approved parameters for the approved design.




    Archaeological Study:

    Following extensive consultation with English Heritage and Essex County Council, design measures have been incorporated into the scheme to ensure adverse impacts do not occur to nearby designated assets including Harlowbury Roman Villa, Harlowbury Chapel and Harlowbury Deserted Medieval Village. In particular, ploughing of the Harlowbury Roman Villa will cease and the site will be managed as grassland, with interpretation panels provided nearby. As a result, the deterioration of below ground archaeological remains will halt and in situ preservation will be achieved. 

    Previous archaeological field surveys identified a number of prehistoric, Roman and Medieval remains and the impact on these remains will be mitigated by a phased programme of archaeological investigations designed to realise the archaeological interest of these deposits. Allied to this, at the request of English Heritage, a geophysical survey of the scheduled villa will be undertaken to assist its future management and interpretation. 

    The dissemination of information resulting from the archaeological investigations will realise its archaeological interest, will result in an improved understanding of the archaeology of the area and will thus assist to create a sense of place.