Epping Forest District Council is seeking a consultant to create a housing strategy for its proposed garden town in Essex
The winner of the estimated £25,000-to-£50,000 contract will create a housing plan for the Harlow & Gilston Garden Town development, which is expected to deliver 16,000 new homes by 2033 and a further 7,000 dwellings over the following years.
The mega project will create additional housing in Harlow town centre along with four satellite ‘Garden Communities’ at Gilston, Latton Priory, Water Lane, and on land to the east of the new town neighbouring the M11 motorway. The scheme is backed by East Herts and Harlow District Councils along with Essex and Hertfordshire County Councils
In its brief, the council says: ‘Housing growth of this scale has the potential to transform Harlow and its surrounding area. It will provide much-needed support for economic growth and will help to solve recruitment and retention issues that our key employers face – if we get our housing plan right. As the physical housing proposals develop for the Garden Town, it is essential that we take a considered and innovative approach to the creation of our new communities.
‘The five partner authorities have agreed to work together to develop an innovative and exciting Garden Town Housing Plan which addresses housing need and contributes to economic growth and regeneration. It needs to build on the existing housing policies in place and create a plan which meets the needs of all the partners and which all partners can fully support and be committed to.’
Harlow was one of the first major new town projects built to relieve overcrowding in nearby London following the Second World War. Today it is a major commuter base for the capital and an employment hub for businesses along the M11 corridor serving Cambridge and Stanstead Airport.
The Harlow & Gilston Garden Town was one of 14 such settlements announced by the government as part of its pledge to build 200,000 new homes across the country in January 2017.
The project will deliver up to 23,000 new homes across five separate locations with the majority delivered in the Gilston area north of Harlow Station. Planning applications for the new settlements are expected to be lodged during 2019 and beyond.
The Harlow & Gilston Garden Town Housing Plan will outline residential requirements across the development area and help shape discussions with developers over future schemes. The winning team will be expected to work with the project backers to establish a set of governing principles for the project.
Key considerations will include size, type, quality, tenure and spread of homes; the number of affordable dwellings; the requirements for specialist housing; and how the garden town will support regeneration within the wider area. Bids for the contract will be evaluated 70 per cent on quality and 30 per cent on cost.
The deadline for applications is 3pm, 7 November.
How to apply
View the contract notice for more information
Epping Forest District Council
323 High Street
Tel: 01376 551414
Fax: 01376 557792