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Consultations on the Town Centre Masterplan Supplementary Planning Document (SPD), the Public Open Space Standards and Biodiversity SPD, the Updated Statement of Community Involvement and the Updated Validation Checklists

Notice ID: WAT2280185

Notice effective from
9th December 2021 to 8th January 2022

Consultations on the Town Centre Masterplan Supplementary Planning Document (SPD), the Public Open Space Standards and Biodiversity SPD, the Updated Statement of Community Involvement and the Updated Validation Checklists
Town Centre Masterplan SPD
The Town Centre Masterplan SPD sets out a vision for Harlow Town Centre as being a successful, sustainable place which serves as the commercial centre for the existing town of Harlow and the wider Garden Town.
The SPD has been developed to deliver this, building upon the work of the Town Centre Area Action Plan (work on the Area Action Plan was paused following adoption of the Local Plan). The SPD provides guidance on; movement; urban design; public realm; appropriate land uses;
and tall buildings in the town centre. This is presented both through a set or overarching principles and through a series of drawings which lead to an indicative Masterplan of how the town centre could be developed as well as more specific opportunity areas.
Public Open Space Standards and Biodiversity SPD
The Public Open Space Standards and Biodiversity SPD seeks to meet the open space, sport and recreational needs of Harlow, protect and enhance the district's Green Infrastructure and biodiversity (including calculating net-gain) and ensure appropriate on-site and/or off-site contributions are made for open space. Upon adoption, it will replace the existing Open Spaces, Sport and Recreation SPD adopted in 2007 which will be revoked.
Updated Statement of Community Involvement (SCI)
The SCI explains how the Council involves the community in the preparation, alteration or review of local planning policies as set out in various Development Plan Documents, and in determining planning applications. The SCI has been updated to make reference to the Quality Review Panel, additional information on pre-application advice and how residents can be informed of applications through on-line mapping. Changes also include a more flexible approach when engaging with planning applications and an expectation that applicants will undertake more pre-application engagement.
Updated Validation Checklists
The Council has prepared updated Validation Checklists, which relate to specific policies in the Harlow Local Development Plan and set out the information that applicants must submit when making a planning application. The requirements depend on the nature and scale of the development proposed in an application. There are separate Checklists for major, minor and householder applications. By requiring information at an early stage, the Council can make decisions quicker and the quality of decisions can be improved.
We are now seeking your views on the two SPDs and updated SCI and Validation Checklists. The most efficient way to provide comments is by email:

towncentreMP@harlow.gov.uk

for the Town Centre Masterplan SPD

openspaceSPD@harlow.gov.uk

for the Public Open Space Standards and Biodiversity SPD

Myharlow@harlow.gov.uk

for the Updated Statement of Community Involvement and Validation Checklists
The consultation starts on 6th December 2021 and closes at 5pm on 11th February 2022.
Comments received after this date may not be accepted.
- The SPDs can be viewed online at

www.harlow.gov.uk/spd


- The SCI can be viewed online at

www.harlow.gov.uk/sci


- The Validation Checklists can be viewed online by going to

www.harlow.gov.uk/planning-and-building-control

and clicking 'Make a planning application'.
Copies of the SPDs and SCI can also be found in Harlow libraries and the Civic Centre during normal opening hours. If you are unable to access any of the documents, please contact us and we can send you a hard copy.
By responding, you give consent to the Council to hold & process your personal data in accordance with the Data Protection Act and the General Data Protection Regulation. Your name, organisation & comments may be available for others to view at the Council offices & on the Council website. The SPDs and SCI have been prepared in accordance with The Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012 (as amended) and the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 (as amended)

Attachments

WAT2280185.pdf Download

Harlow Council

Civic Centre , Water Gardens , Harlow , Essex , CM20 1WG

http://www.harlow.gov.uk/ 01279 446655

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