Harlow is one of the original New Towns, designated in 1947 and designed by world-renowned architect Sir Frederick Gibberd. Set on the Essex/Hertfordshire border near the River Stort, the town was designed to respect and complement the natural landscape. Green and open space is at the heart of the town.

Harlow is a pioneering town, built to accommodate overcrowded Londoners. The town was planned with sustainable neighbourhoods with their own local facilities and access to green and open space. The town has one of the most extensive cycle track networks in the country, following many of the original pre-new town lanes and roads. Harlow had the first pedestrian shopping precinct in Britain, the first residential tower block and the first health and sports centres. The town was built on manufacturing and technological industry which brought forward innovations that shape our current world – fibre optic telecommunication was born here.

Harlow Council Local guidance Countywide / Subregional Not currently available
Local Development Plan      
Adopted Local Plan    
Draft Local Plan    
Development Viability      
Developer Contributions      
Greater Essex Growth and Infrastructure Framework (GIF)    
Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL)      ●
Development and Urban Design      
Neighbourhood planning       ● 
Planning Policy    
Design Guidance    
Parking Policy    
Health and Wellbeing      
Health Impact Assessment(HIA)    
Accessible and Adaptable Dwellings    
National Space Standards    
Essex Insight Public Health Profile    
Open Space SPD    
Playing Pitch Assessment    
Climate Change and Flood Risk      
Strategic Flood Risk Assessment (SFRA)    
Water Cycle Study     ● 
Surface Water Management Plan (SWMP)    
Sustainable Drainage Systems Design Guide    
Environment Quality      
Landscape Character Assessment    
Green Space Strategy    
Historic Characterisation    
Local Wildlife Site Review    
Conservation Appraisal    
Transport and Communications Infrastructure      
Highways Standards      
Cycling Strategy    
Local Transport Plan  
Protected Lanes    
Economy & Retails      
Economic Development Needs Assessment (EDNA)    
Retail Needs Assessment    
Strategic Housing Market Assessment (SHMA)    
Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA)    
Gypsy & Traveller Accommodation Assessment    
Green Belt      
Green Belt Functions Assessment    
Green Belt Landscape Assessment    
Green Belt Boundary Review    

Page updated: 3/09/2019

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