We take our responsibility for engaging with local people and businesses seriously.

Wherever we can, we aim to take your views into consideration when we make decisions about things that affect you. 

For more information about our commitment to engaging with local people, you can look at our community engagement strategy (pdf)

Current consultations

Article 4 directions

On 13 October 2021, we made 5 new Article 4 directions that affect the town centre, Burnt Mill, Pinnacles and Templefields areas.

The directions in these areas remove the automatic right to covert commercial and business property (class E use) to into residential accommodation (class C3 use). The directions will come into force on 14 October 2022.

You can view the proposed directions and find out how to give us your comments on our Article 4 directions page

The deadline for comments is 5pm on 12 November 2021.

Local election turnout

We want your views on what would help to improve turnout in local elections.

Turnout in elections nationally, particularly in local elections, has decreased over the years, as has been seen here in Harlow. The turnout for the last general election in Harlow was 64.04% compared to just 32.42% for May’s council elections.

We want to get to the root causes of this issue locally and create an action plan to increase voter registration and engagement.

The consultation closes on 1 November 2021.

Interim review of polling stations

We are conducting an interim review of the polling districts and polling places within Great Parndon, Harlow Common, Little Parndon and Hare Street and Netteswell wards.

The consultation closes on Sunday 31 October.