Core Strategy Issues and Options Consultation Document (Read-only)

Ended on the 28th January 2011
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7 Developing a delivery strategy

7.1 Introduction

7.1.1 A key element of the Core Strategy will be the identification of a delivery and implementation strategy which outlines what key infrastructure is needed to support the Core Strategy, when this will be delivered and who will deliver it. The Council appointed a Consultant to prepare the Harlow Infrastructure Study in order to examine the scale, phasing and timing of the delivery of infrastructure to underpin the Core Strategy. This work will need to be refined in line with the continued preparation of the Core Strategy.

7.1.2 Infrastructure does not just relate to transport but to the range of other facilities necessary to support the needs of the community. The work to date has identified the following key pieces of infrastructure necessary to support the growth proposed for the area:

  • Road transport - New road links and improved junction arrangements could include a road link and new junction on the M11 to serve development to the north of Harlow
  • Public transport - Enhanced rail and bus services to serve the Harlow area including new bus lanes and improvements to Harlow Mill and Town stations to enhance capacity
  • Cycleway/footpaths - New and enhanced links to serve new and existing development throughout the town
  • Education provision - Expansion of existing and provision of new schools in the Harlow area
  • Health - expansion of existing and provision of new centres where appropriate
  • Green Infrastructure - Improvements and enhancements to the network at all scales to meet future needs
  • Social/Community - Making provision to reflect Harlow’s age distribution, educational needs and health care needs
  • Utilities - Enhancements to existing and provision of new facilities to meet water supply, waste water and energy supply requirements
  • Waste management - Making appropriate provision to meet the needs of the growth requirements for the area

7.1.3 These will need to be considered against the background of the Council’s other strategic objectives and refined as the Core Strategy develops.

7.2 Securing provision

7.2.1 Working in partnership with key stakeholders the Council will examine a range of measures including; bidding for funding from appropriate sources, the introduction of tariffs linked to the grant of planning permission for new development, and secured by appropriate legal agreements together with developing the role of the Community Infrastructure Levy CIL).

7.2.2 A tariff based approach would reflect the specific requirements of stakeholders, and will be directly related to the additional infrastructure identified as necessary to serve new development. This approach would be developed through a Supplementary Planning Document on Planning Obligations which will be published for consultation. It can also provide developers and stakeholders with a greater degree of certainty.

7.2.3 The ability to secure appropriate funding will be influenced by the performance of the wider economy. The economic downturn will have a major impact on the availability of funding to secure infrastructure provision. The Council will need to prioritise the infrastructure projects that are key to unlocking development potential and delivering regeneration in Harlow.

Question 28:

Do you think all the key elements of infrastructure necessary to support the emerging Core Strategy have been identified?

Question 29:

If no, what additional infrastructure do you think is needed to support the emerging Core Strategy?

To respond please use the separate Issues and Options consultation questionnaire

7.2.4 Harlow is well served by the strategic road network (M11 and M25) providing good access to London, Cambridge and beyond. However, the roads in and around Harlow do experience chronic congestion during peak times. There are a number of factors contributing to congestion which include relatively high car ownership, large commuting flows and a number of other local factors. For example, the strategic road system has evolved quite differently from that envisaged in the Gibberd’s Masterplan. Furthermore, the original structure and circulation system of the new town is ill adapted to today’s traffic. The self contained and isolated nature of the different uses (i.e. neighbourhood areas, employment areas and the town centre) make quick and easy movement across the town difficult, particularly for pedestrians. The railway stations are also situated in the northern part of the town and are not easily accessible to large parts of the population. Congestion in some parts of the town is also exacerbated by conflicts between users, particularly HGVs and cars along Edinburgh Way.

7.2.5 It is vital that the Council understands the existing transportation issues in Harlow and also how these issues are likely to change in the future. This is particularly important given the scale of development and change being discussed. Without a coordinated approach to addressing these transportation issues the successful regeneration of Harlow could be affected.

7.2.6 The Council would like your views on the measures it should explore to tackle congestion in Harlow.

Question 30:

Please rank, in order of priority, how Harlow Council should tackle Harlow’s congestion problems (1 = highest, 9 = lowest)
Encourage use of public transport for work and leisure (Travel Planning)
Improve access to the town centre by sustainable modes of transport (cycle/bus)
Improve connections from Harlow to the Strategic Road Network (M11, A414)
Improve walking and cycling routes within the town
Manage future parking provision across the town Measures to improve traffic flow along strategic routes and at roundabouts within the town
Public transport improvements
Rail enhancements
Other, please state below

To respond please use the separate Issues and Options consultation questionnaire

7.3 Monitoring framework

7.3.1 Monitoring plays a crucial role in the overall planning process assessing the implementation and effectiveness of policies and proposals in delivering the plan’s strategic objectives. The Annual Monitoring Report (AMR) will be the main mechanism for assessing the performance and effectiveness of the LDF. A set of indicators and targets are developed for each strategic objective and will link to Sustainability Appraisal objectives in order to identify the significant effects of policy implementation. If, as a result of monitoring, areas are identified where a policy is not working, or key policy targets are not being met, this may give rise to a review of some elements of the Core Strategy or other parts of the LDF.

7.3.2 Different types of indicators will fulfil different tasks in the monitoring framework:

  • Core Indicators - a group of indicators set nationally for all local authorities to provide data in a consistent format
  • Local Indicators - selected to complement the information provided by Core Indicators and highlight key issues in Harlow
  • Contextual Indicators - show the baseline position of the wider social, environmental and economic circumstances against which the policies operate
  • Significant Effect Indicators - assess the effects of the adopted policies against the sustainability appraisal targets

7.3.3 Monitoring housing development progress is a key factor. A framework will be put in place to implement a plan, monitor, and manage approach and coordinated with the adjoining districts. This framework will ensure that housing can be implemented at the required pace and ensure that regeneration and growth are balanced and sustainable.

7.3.4 Infrastructure provision will be monitored and linked to the housing monitoring framework, to help reinforce the importance of infrastructure provision being provided in a timely fashion.

Question 31:

Do you have any further comments to make, at this stage, on how Harlow should be developed?

To respond please use the separate Issues and Options consultation questionnaire

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