Local Investment Plan

Local Investment Plans (LIP) provide a framework for partnership working with the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) to set out the investment required for the area to deliver the agreed vision and economic purpose of the place. Local Investment Plans which were originally known as “the single conversation” with the HCA, are used as the basis to set out the funding and resources that the HCA will invest in an area over time, and as resources become available.

In keeping with the Memorandum of Understanding between the West Essex Councils, the West Essex LIP has been developed jointly by Harlow, Epping Forest and Uttlesford Councils, working with County Council, HCA, and others.

Priorities for West Essex LIP

Priorities for investment across West Essex have emerged from the evidence that is set out in the LIP, and these have been prioritised in terms of both strategic importance and timescale deliverability. The prioritisation has been made taking into account the following criteria:

  • Existing prioritisation as agreed by individual councils
  • Deliverability and viability
  • Funding availability
  • Potential contribution to the overall LIP vision.

For Harlow the top priorities for investment are:

  • Harlow Town Centre regeneration
  • Priority Estates
  • Housing growth
  • Affordable housing
  • Decent homes
  • A414 road improvements

The LIP identifies the needs to be addressed, based on robust evidence from local strategies, including the Housing Strategy, the Strategic Housing Market Assessment and the Local Economic Assessment, and includes outputs that are expected from each partners’ interventions. West Essex Local Investment Plan (pdf)