Local Development Plan Pre-Submission Publication

Ended on the 6th July 2018
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(19) Background

This document is the Harlow Local Development Plan: Pre-Submission Publication (the "Local Plan").

Your views are sought on whether the Local Plan is sound.

The soundness is important because the Local Plan has to be found sound at a Public Independent Examination so it can be adopted and used by the Council.

In checking whether the Local Plan is sound, you should consider whether it:

  • has been prepared using strong evidence;
  • identifies strategic development which can be delivered by the end of the Local Plan period in 2033;
  • sufficiently plans for Harlow’s housing, infrastructure and employment needs;
  • sufficiently protects environmental assets, such as the Green Wedges and Local Wildlife Sites; and
  • is consistent with national policies (which place great emphasis on the need for sustainable development).

More information on the tests of soundness can be found in Chapter 1.

The Publication period is Thursday 24 May 2018 to Friday 6 July 2018.

Can I view this document online?

You can download the Local Plan, Policies Map and all supporting documents on the Council’s website at www.harlow.gov.uk/local-plan

The Local Plan, Policies Map and certain supporting documents are also available to view, during normal opening hours, at the Harlow Civic Centre, Latton Bush Centre and libraries in Harlow.

What does the Local Plan say?

The Local Plan sets out a long-term vision for Harlow, identifying land where development will be acceptable and where it will be unacceptable. It contains policies that ensure future development is sustainable by meeting the needs of residents, businesses and visitors, while providing the required infrastructure and protecting environmental assets. Planning applications will be decided against the Local Plan policies.

The Policies Map, which maps the planning policies and proposals across Harlow, accompanies the Local Plan, along with other documents such as the Sustainability Appraisal and Infrastructure Delivery Plan. The policies in the Local Plan are justified by an Evidence Base, which includes studies such as the Strategic Housing Market Assessment (SHMA) and the Green Belt Review.

I'm interested in a particular topic. Where can I find it?

It is important to read the Local Plan as a whole to understand the context and all issues, and the Contents pages help navigate the document. However, a number of issues were highlighted during previous Local Plan consultations as being particularly important. The table below details the chapters where the main information can be found on these issues:



Strategic Growth Strategy

Development Management


What is required?

11. Strategic Infrastructure Requirements

17. Infrastructure


How will they be protected?

10. Linking Development Sites to the Wider Environment

13. Placeshaping


How will it be redeveloped?

9. Retail Ambitions and Town Centre Redevelopment

15. Prosperity


Where and how much will there be?

7. Housing Strategy and Growth Locations

14. Housing

What happened with the previous consultations?

Previous consultations on the Local Plan have been considered throughout its preparation. More information on this can be found in Chapter 1.
Once adopted, the Local Plan will replace the Adopted Replacement Harlow Local Plan which was adopted in 2006.

How can I get more information?

You can contact Forward Planning at Harlow Council by phoning (01279) 446 897 or by emailing myharlow@harlow.gov.uk.

This document and the Publication process have been prepared under Regulation 19 of the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012 (as amended) and is compliant with the Council's Statement of Community Involvement (SCI).

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