Contracts signed to release £171 million of government funding for Harlow and Gilston Garden Town

Pictured above, a CGI of the Gilston Garden Town

Contracts have now been signed and completed to release £171 million of government funding for the Harlow and Gilston Garden Town (HGGT) project.

The original bid was led by Hertfordshire County Council on behalf of local authority partners – Essex County Council, East Herts, Epping Forest and Harlow District Councils – the Harlow Gilston Garden Town under the Harlow Gilston Garden Town Partnership, supported by leading affordable homes-led placemaker, Places for People.

The successful bid was confirmed in the 2020 budget, with funding coming from Homes England and the Ministry of  Housing, Communities and Local Government, under the Housing Investment Grant.

The partnership can now begin to deliver on its commitments of 20,000 new homes across the Garden Town by 2040.

This includes 10,000 new homes in Gilston, Hertfordshire, area allocation with at least 3,000 in place by 2033, together with employment and new community facilities.

Mark Kemp, Hertfordshire County Council’s director of environment and infrastructure, said: “We are delighted to have completed the contracts for this government funding of key infrastructure for Harlow Gilston Garden Town.

“The partnership between central and local government, Homes England, Places for People and the Garden Town speaks to the commitment to building back better and delivering the ambitions and visons we all set out for Harlow Gilston.”

Richard Cassidy, chief executive at East Herts District Council, added: “We are pleased that by working with key partners this important milestone has been achieved.

“The Gilston area development forms a key part of the housing delivery strategy for East Herts and securing this funding will ensure that the growth is supported by the right level of infrastructure.”

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