Planning committee to consider application for seventh Gilston village

Map showing Harlow and Gilston Garden Town proposed development
The council’s Development Management Committee will meet on Thursday, 23 March, to consider Taylor Wimpey’s application for up to 1,500 new homes on the Gilston Villages development in East Herts, which forms part of Harlow and Gilston Garden Town (HGGT)*.

The council officer’s report published yesterday (Wednesday, 15 March) recommends the application for approval. It includes provision for a primary school, a local village centre, leisure and sports facilities – including a football hub – and the restoration of a listed building.

Consideration of this application, which comprises one of the seven new villages planned for the Gilston area, follows the approval of Places for People’s application for the other six villages last month.

The committee meeting will start at the earlier time of 2pm in the Council Chamber at Wallfields in Hertford and will also be live-streamed on the council’s YouTube channel.

The full officer’s report can be viewed online. Residents can register to speak by emailing

*Harlow and Gilston was designated as a Garden Town by the Department for Homes, Communities and Local Government in January 2017 and will comprise new and existing communities in and around Harlow. In total, 10,000 new homes will be built in East Herts District as part of the Garden Town project. It will take many years to build this number of homes – likely to be taking place through to 2050 and beyond.