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Town Centre Area Action Plan

The Town Centre Area Action Plan (AAP) is a planning framework to guide the development and regeneration of Harlow town centre for the period up to 2033.

The AAP takes into account the key role the town centre plays in the Harlow area, and the need to increase its retail provision as a result of housing growth.

The aim of the plan to is to create the conditions for a resilient, successful centre. 

The table shows the key stages in the preparation of the AAP:

Area Action Plan timetable
Time Stage
September 2014 to June 2017 Evidence base and background research, including consultation
July 2017 to October 2017 Bringing evidence together and initial consultation
November 2017 to January 2018 Preparation of Issues and Options Report and Sustainability Appraisal
June 2018 to August 2018 Regulation 18 consultation on Issues and Options report
September 2018 to May 2019 Prepare draft Area Action Plan
June to September 2019 (to be confirmed) Regulation 19 Pre-submission consultation
October 2019 to February 2020 (to be confirmed) Submission of final draft to Inspector and public examination
March 2020 to July 2020 (to be confirmed) Inspector's report and adoption of the plan

Issues and Options

We have worked with consultants Allies and Morrison to assess the issues and options to support town centre development and regeneration.

The Issues and Options report represents the first stage of formal consultation on the AAP.

The report identifies the key issues, challenges and opportunities facing the Town Centre and sets out different options for the AAP to consider and explore.

Consultation on the Issues and Options report took place between June and August 2018 with an exhibition tour around the town to obtain feedback from members of the public and a wide range of stakeholders.

Feedback received through the consultation will help inform the development of the AAP.

Next steps

With the consultation on the Issues and Options report now completed we will be working with our consultants Allies and Morrison and other key stakeholders to develop the draft AAP.

We expect that the draft AAP will be published and submitted to the council’s Cabinet in June 2019.

If the draft is approved, consultation will begin shortly afterwards.