Supplementary planning documents

Supplementary planning documents (SPDs) provide supporting advice and guidance to support policies contained in a Local Plan. SPDs are not part of the statutory development plan but are important in providing additional guidance for development plan policies. They can be site specific or thematic

Adopted SPDs

Affordable Housing SPD (Adopted March 2007)​

Open Spaces, Sport and Recreation SPD (Adopted June 2007)​

Harlow Design Guide (Adopted October 2011)

The Stow Neighbourhood Centre Design Framework SPD (Adopted July 2016)

In general terms, the Harlow Design Guide replaces the 1997 Essex Design Guide as Harlow Council’s adopted design guidance.

Applicants will however be required to consult with Essex County Council Highways on all highways matters.

In this regard, applicants should also have regard to the services and access chapter of the Essex Design Guide, which provides detailed highways design guidance, in addition to current best practice guidance, including Manual for Streets 1 and 2.