Local Development Plan Emerging Strategy Consultation (read-only)

Ended on the 30th May 2014
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3. The Emerging Strategy Framework

3.1 The revised strategy has been developed to ensure that it meets Harlow’s objectively assessed development needs, is positive and focuses on addressing the identified issues, is sustainable and can be implemented at the required pace. The following illustrates how the emerging strategy fits together:

Figure 3.1

The Vision for Harlow

3.2 The following vision has been prepared to illustrate how the emerging planning strategy reflects the relevant corporate policies of the Council. The vision cannot encompass every aspiration for the future but concentrates on the key strategic planning aims that could be accomplished within the next 20 years.

By 2031 the following vision would have been achieved:

1. Harlow would have regained its reputation as a place of aspiration, innovation and prosperity and secured its role as a key urban centre that has benefited from growth, regeneration and sustained investment in infrastructure, services and facilities.

2. Harlow would have provided sufficient new homes to meet local needs, providing opportunities to those unable to purchase open market housing through a significant increase in the provision of affordable homes.

3. The perceptions of the town as a declining economic centre would have been reversed through the success of the Enterprise Zone and securing the status of the town as a prime business location and retail destination. The town’s economy would have diversified and there will be a wide range of employment opportunities across Harlow, fit for a modern and dynamic economy. Harlow would be renowned as a location for high tech industries, research and development, advanced manufacturing and information technology and the disparity between the skills and qualifications of Harlow residents compared to visitors would have been significantly reduced.

4. New development would have revitalised key areas within Harlow. A programme of urban renewal will have replaced poorer housing stock with modern and sustainable buildings built to last. This would have been complemented by a programme of selective development in locations across the district as part of a holistic programme of renewal and redevelopment.

5. Major progress would have been made to tackle some of Harlow’s health and wealth inequalities as well as addressing localised deprivation across the town’s deprived neighbourhoods.

6. The amount of vacant and underused land in the town would have been minimised. Urban expansion of Harlow would be complete and residents would be seeing the benefits of growth through better infrastructure and other facilities and services across the town. The town centre, neighbourhood centres and hatches would be thriving mixed used areas benefiting from an improved public realm and increased activity.

7. The town would have retained a network of green wedges across Harlow. The town’s green spaces would be providing multifunctional opportunities for residents and wildlife that are better connected to residential areas. Residents are also benefiting from improved access to the countryside surrounding the town.

8. The town’s land use and transport policies would have been coordinated to ensure the maximum possible increase in passenger transport, walking and cycling. Major investment would also be underway to address a number of specific transport capacity issues across Harlow which is currently restricting growth and investment. This would have included a new junction on the M11 and substantial improvements to the internal road network in Harlow.

9. Harlow would have excellent education facilities and the town’s varied, vibrant and aspiring community would be taking advantage of this. Harlow’s community would be more active and be taking advantage of Harlow’s excellent sporting, leisure and cultural facilities.

The Core Priorities

3.3 From the vision a set of core priorities has been developed for Harlow which provides a framework for future planning policies and proposals. The previous Issues and Options Paper contained 26 strategic objectives which have now been revised to focus on the central issues for the Local Development Plan.

By 2031 the following objectives should have been achieved:

1. Delivered a growing, sustainable and regenerated Harlow – An increased population and a growing, sustainable and regenerated centre.

2. Met Housing Needs - Provided new homes of a sufficient amount, mix and affordability to meet the needs of the town’s growing population.

3. Delivered Neighbourhood Renewal - Renewed neighbourhoods that provide for sustainable and well-connected communities.

4. Secured Economic Revitalisation – Delivered a prosperous, flexible and modern economy with high quality investment opportunities.

5. Renewed Town Centre and other Centres – Delivered a revitalised and restructured Town Centre and a network of viable and attractive Neighbourhood Centres and Hatches across Harlow.

6. Established Quality Streets and Spaces - Enhanced the town’s image by promoting quality streets and spaces whilst protecting the town’s distinctive character and heritage.

7. Revitalised Green Spaces – Delivered a revitalised network of multifunctional green spaces that are fully integrated into the built environment, meeting the needs of the community and providing ecological opportunities.

8. Adapted to and Mitigated the Impacts of Climate Change - Helped to adapt and mitigate against the impact of climate change in the town.

9. Improved Accessibility and Connectivity - Reduced the need to travel by promoting sustainable transport, walking and cycling, making the best use of the transport network and promoting the integration of neighbourhoods in Harlow.

10. Supported Development and Change - Ensured that adequate infrastructure and service provision has been provided in new development so that existing and future residents are benefiting from growth.

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