The Preparation of the Harlow Local Development Plan

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Object

Local Development Plan Pre-Submission Publication

Representation ID: 6426

Received: 06/07/2018

Respondent: STOP Harlow North

Agent: Mr Jed Griffiths

Representation:

The Local Plan has not fully complied with the Regulations on public consultation, with a lack of meaningful engagement on the overall strategy for the HMA as a whole.

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These representations are submitted on behalf of STOP Harlow North (SHN), which was formed in response to proposals for the development of housing on land to the north of Harlow (in East Hertfordshire District). These proposals were formalised in the East of England Regional Spatial Strategy (RSS). In 2005/2006, I represented East Herts Council at the Examination in Public, outlining the Council's objection to the policy. SHN also appeared at the Hearings, as one of many objectors. The Examination Panel recommended that the policy should be rejected, but it was re-instated by Government Ministers in the final version of June 2008.


The East of England Plan was revoked by the Government in 2013. In the interim period, East Herts Council had changed its stance to one of support for the proposal. In the current East Herts District Plan, there is a policy for the development of at least 10,000 dwellings in the Gilston Area for the plan period to 2033 and beyond.


The East Herts District Plan has been under examination, and the final report of the Inspector is with the District Council for a 'fact check". It is possible that the policy for the Gilston Area will be accepted.


SHN has appeared at the Public Hearings into the East Herts District Plan, and has detailed its objections to the Gilston Area policy. The proposal has been formulated in the context of a wider strategy which embodies the concept of the Harlow and Gilston Garden Town. It is the view of SHN that this strategy has not been properly consulted upon with the public, neither in Harlow, nor in the wider sub-region. The Harlow Local Plan acknowledges (in paragraph 1.16)that Harlow cannot meet its own aspirations for growth within its own administrative area. The drive for economic growth, however, which is one of the key objectives of the Local Plan, has profound effects on a much wider area. This will result in the removal of considerable areas from Green Belt designation. In the Gilston Area, the proposal affects a large tract of tranquil countryside.

SHN contends that the process underpinning the Local Plan process is anti-democratic. The concept of economic growth in the so-called London-Stansted-Cambridge Corridor has not been subject to scrutiny in the public domain, but is being presented as a "fait accompli" in all three of the Local Plans (Harlow, East Herts, and Epping Forest). It is acknowledged that there are problems within the Harlow economy, which are referred to in the Local Plan, but there is no reason why regeneration cannot be achieved mainly within the administrative area of the District.

SHN notes the efforts of the three District Councils to fulfill the Duty to Co-operate and the respective Memoranda of Understanding. These are political statements and have not been subject ot the same degree of public scrutiny as the former East of England Plan. There is a democratic deficit, which should be addressed.

Comment

Local Development Plan Pre-Submission Publication

Representation ID: 6654

Received: 17/08/2018

Respondent: Harlow Alliance Party

Representation:

We are sure the Council would like to be transparent with its Citizens, but it appears that they have submitted the local plan without giving the details of the additional
infrastructure needed in health, education, wellbeing or transport. We therefore feel that the Council should have started the consultation period only when the plan is
complete with the infrastructure expectations. lt is not acceptable to state in the Sustainability Assessment dated May 201 8 that a Sustainability Transport Corridor
Study for Harlow and Gilston Garden Development is currently being prepared.

The council are quite aware that infrastructure was agreed that affects Harlow's population as part of the LA working group and the Infrastructure Assessment dated December 201 7 submitted as part of the Epping Local Plan clearly defines these matters within and on the borders of Harlow.

The council therefore, should be clearly showing its citizens these matters rather than people having to hunt for them in adjoining authorities' plans.

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Comment

Local Development Plan Pre-Submission Publication

Representation ID: 6716

Received: 21/08/2018

Respondent: Jean Wright

Representation:

The map used in the pack does not show Gilden Park or the land being developed as a designated building site. This is misleading as anyone looking at it, unfamiliar with the now building site on Gilden Way, would think it was still an open space. lt now resembles an industrial site more than a building site with what looks like houses which could be found anywhere in Britain and large heaps of what looks like subsoil which appear to be constantly on the move or being increased in size.

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Dear Sir

I felt I had to make some comments on the documents comprising
Harlow Local Development Plan Pre-Submission Publication.

Gibberd described Harlow as:
'An organism which would go on changing and being rebuilt as the needs of the people altered'.

I have failed to find the source of this quote except to find a document online which details it as being made in 1950. The source does not seem to have been listed in the document.
If this was made in 1950 it seems to have little reference to now.
The quote appears in several recent documents.


One would expect a town to change but if this source is dated from 1950 then the planned Harlow was a very different place. Yes, it is a reference to change but the envisaged Harlow was a much smaller place. lt does not imply wholesale expansion into
open countryside.

As the basic master plan principles have been broken in regard to Gilden Park, it seems inappropriate to use a quote by Gibberd at all.

The map used in the pack does not show Gilden Park or the land being developed as a designated building site. This is misleading as anyone looking at it, unfamiliar with the now building site on Gilden Way, would think it was still an open space. lt now resembles an industrial site more than a building site with what looks like houses which could be found anywhere in Britain and large heaps of what looks like subsoil which appear to be constantly on the move or being increased in size.

To add insult to injury the main footpath across the site has been closed which was a great recreational source for people in Old Harlow. We have some open spaces here but in the main use of these is restricted to sport use. We will be very lacking now in green space. When the footpath reopens we will not be able to enjoy our once green area.

This document is an idealistic wish list but trying to achieve quality of life with meeting government required housing numbers is not easy. Nor is the type of housing required necessarily that which will be built. Harlow desperately needs more social housing. There
will always be people who cannot afford to buy, cannot afford deposits and rents required by private landlords.

Unless Harlow's assets of green space are seriously protected people moving here for jobs may well not live in Harlow but commute in from villages offering serenity if nothing else. This has been the choice of many professionals working in Harlow.

Yours faithfully,
Jean M. Wright

Comment

Local Development Plan Pre-Submission Publication

Representation ID: 6809

Received: 24/08/2018

Respondent: Chelmsford City Council

Representation:

Overall, CCC believes the Plan provides a coherent strategy for future growth of Harlow district, and seeks to meet the identified objectively assessed development needs for housing and employment, as supported by its evidence base. The Plan is therefore considered to be sound.

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