Local Development Plan

The new Harlow Local Development Plan will replace the Adopted Replacement Harlow Local Plan and will set out the framework to guide and shape development in Harlow to 2033. It will be a key vehicle in delivering the Council’s corporate strategies.

Local Development Scheme

The Local Development Scheme (LDS) sets out the programme and timetable for the preparation of the Local Development documents.

Iterations of the LDS:

Local Development Plan

  • Local Development Plan Examination
    The Harlow Local Development Plan was submitted to the Secretary of State for examination in public on 19 October 2018. David Reed BSc DipTP DMS MRTPI has been appointed by the Secretary of State to undertake the independent examination of the Plan to consider whether the plan has been prepared in accordance the tests of soundness set out in Government guidance and legislation. If the Plan is found sound it will be formally adopted by the Council. The Council has also appointed an independent Local Plan Programme Officer, Andrea Copsey, who will assist the Inspector with the Examination as well as responding to queries from respondents. Please visit this website regularly for updates on the examination process.
  • Local Development Plan Pre-submission Publication
    The Council has published the Pre-Submission Publication of the Local Plan, which provides a strategy for delivering growth for Harlow up to 2033 and sets out a spatial vision for the future development of Harlow. This is the final version of the Harlow Local Development Plan for consultation before it is submitted for examination. 
  • Development Management Policies Consultation
    The Council ran a consultation on the Development Management Policies which will form part of the new Local Development Plan.
  • Emerging Strategy and Further Options Consultation
    The Council ran a consultation on a strategy which presents examples for how new housing development could be accommodated within Harlow.
  • Previous Local Plan (LDF) consultation (including Issues and Options)
  • Evidence Base

Get involved with the Local Development Plan

In order to be kept up to date with progress with the Local Development Plan and be notified when a consultation is taking place you can sign up to the Local Development Plan Consultation Portal (external website). 

For more information on how we collect, use and protect personal information generally, please visit www.harlow.gov.uk/privacy-notice

Essex Planning Officers Association

Essex Planning Officers Association (EPOA) represents Local Planning Authorities in Essex to discuss planning issues affecting the whole of Essex, and produce planning guidance documents.

Planning Policy Newsletter

The Forward Planning Newsletter aims to keep residents, businesses and other interested parties up to date on progress with the new Local Plan, as well as other projects that the Forward Planning Team is working on.