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Stort crossing backed by councillors

Stort crossing backed by councillors

Tuesday 5 April 2022

A scheme to build a four-lane bridge over the River Stort at Harlow has been approved by councillors. The scheme, known as the Eastern River Stort Crossing, is linked to Harlow and the proposed Gilston Garden Town and aims to link housing development at Pye Corner in Gilston with Harlow’s River Way. When built, the […] Read more >

The fight to save a precious Harlow green lung

The fight to save a precious Harlow green lung

Tuesday 10 August 2021

A fierce campaign is being launched against plans for a four-lane bridge over the River Stort at Harlow that would destroy an area of lakes, wetland and woods. The scheme, known as the Eastern River Stort Crossing, is linked to Harlow and Gilston Garden Town and aims to link housing development at Pye Corner in […] Read more >

Raft of objections fails to block Harlow housing scheme

Raft of objections fails to block Harlow housing scheme

Tuesday 22 June 2021

THIRTY-FIVE homes are to be built at Harlow’s Purford Green, despite the site not being earmarked for development in the Local Plan and the application drawing 29 objections. The new properties will be on fields formerly used by Purford Green junior school. Among a range of concerns, objectors cited loss of open space, the fact […] Read more >

The Stort Valley: where Essex meets Hertfordshire (part two)

The Stort Valley: where Essex meets Hertfordshire (part two)

Thursday 4 June 2020

In the first part of his exploration of the Stort Valley, James McVie covered the history of this stunning area, with particular focus on the River Stort Navigation. In this second, concluding, section he goes in search of the elusive Essex-Hertfordshire border. The county line Now let’s look at the exact county boundary line, and […] Read more >

The Stort Valley: where Essex meets Hertfordshire

The Stort Valley: where Essex meets Hertfordshire

Monday 1 June 2020

In recent weeks, we have been celebrating so much of what is wonderful about our extraordinary county of Essex. But of course all good things must come to an end… yes, Essex eventually stops and is replaced by something else. To the west, that something else is Hertfordshire and here, in the first part of […] Read more >

The Green Belt: its value is obvious but it needs protecting more than ever, says new report

The Green Belt: its value is obvious but it needs protecting more than ever, says new report

Wednesday 20 November 2019

Lying next to London, Essex is of course well served by the capital’s Green Belt. A report by a cross-party Parliamentary group shows that London’s Metropolitan Green Belt not only protects against urban sprawl but also provides vital countryside on our doorstep for health and well-being. Benefits include: • 26, 267 hectares of Sites of […] Read more >

Here’s your chance to join consultation on 2,500-home scheme

Here’s your chance to join consultation on 2,500-home scheme

Friday 20 September 2019

Friday, September 20, 2019 A consultation has just opened on plans to build up to 2,500 homes and a business park at Latton Priory, south of Harlow. The proposed development is part of the wider 23,000-home Harlow and Gilston Garden Town, which was approved by Harlow, Epping and East Herts councils in December. The London […] Read more >

Permitted development rights and the growth of ‘human warehousing’

Permitted development rights and the growth of ‘human warehousing’

Monday 5 August 2019

The conversion of Terminus House, a 1960s office block in Harlow, into 214 flats made national news due to allegations of vulnerable people being placed in unsuitable accommodation and local services coming under pressure. It was claimed that problems had included a high number of calls to police, drug use and dealing and incidents of […] Read more >

The battle to save the countryside around Harlow

The battle to save the countryside around Harlow

Monday 9 July 2018

The concept of Harlow and Gilston Garden Town has been around for a long time. Originally tagged Harlow North, the proposal for some 10,000 new homes on greenfield land on the Essex-Hertfordshire border has preyed on local residents’ peace of mind and quality of life for years. Now, it seems, the planned ‘garden town’ could […] Read more >