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Gilston Area Charter Supplementary Planning Document

The Council is running a four week public consultation between 12th February and 12th March 2020. Comments made during the consultation will be considered by the Council and will be used to inform the next iteration of the SPD.

The Gilston Area Charter SPD was adopted on 22nd July 2020. This is supported by the following documents:


The Gilston Area was allocated through Policy GA1 in the East Herts District Plan, adopted in October 2018.

The Gilston Area forms a part of the Harlow and Gilston Garden Town and will provide for 10,000 homes across distinct villages, each based on Garden City Principles. More information is available on the Harlow and Gilston Garden Town website.

Role of the Charter

The role of the Charter is to support the production of Masterplans and Design Codes specific to the Gilston Area villages and the important network of greenspaces that will surround and connect them in accordance with the District Plan Policy DES1 Masterplanning. It will provide guidance on their production to ensure that the Gilston Area is planned and delivered comprehensively involving site promoters, land owners, East Herts Council, parish councils and other relevant stakeholders and informed by public participation.

The East Herts Gilston Area Charter SPD Consultation draft document will supplement the policies in the District Plan and once adopted it will be a material consideration in the determination of planning applications. 

Accompanying the draft SPD is a Strategic Environmental Assessment Screening Statement that was prepared to determine whether the proposed SPD should be subject to Strategic Environmental Assessment.

How to comment

The Council wants to know the opinions of the people who live, work and visit East Herts and the area and the views of statutory organisations and stakeholders during the process of preparing the Gilston Area Charter SPD. The Council will take account of all comments received within the consultation period and will produce and publish a consultation statement summarising the main issues raised and how those issues have been addressed when producing any final SPD for further consultation or adoption.

There are several ways in which you can respond:

  • Consultation portal: You can make comments directly online using the Council's consultation portal.
  • Email: You can email with your comments
  • By post: Alternatively you can send comments by post to East Herts Council, Planning Policy Team, Wallfields, Pegs Lane, Hertford, Herts, SG13 8EQ.

All responses will be handled in accordance with the Council’s Data Protection Policy and Guidelines.

Hard copies of the document can be inspected at East Herts Council Offices in Hertford, any of the East Herts Town Council offices and libraries, and Harlow Council offices at Harlow Civic Centre.

A copy can also be made available on request in accessible formats such as large print, Braille, Audio, electronic format or translated into another language, please email