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. 

Current consultations

Mark Hall North Article 4 direction

In July and August 2022 we consulted on a character appraisal and management proposals for Mark Hall North conservation area.

The proposals include:

  • an Article 4 direction
  • a change to the conservation area boundary
  • publication of a management plan

You can now view final copies of the proposals and responses we received from the consultation:

One of the proposals was to introduce an Article 4 direction for the area. The direction means that planning permission would be needed to make certain changes to a house. This allows the council to make sure that changes are positive and sympathetic to the original housing designs.

Due to the responses we received during the initial consultation, we have changed the types of development included in the direction.

Most of the direction now only applies to changes visible from a highway or at the front of a house. Solar panels or thermal equipment, aerials and satellite dishes are no longer included.

We made the direction on 24 October 2022. It is due come into force in October 2023.

We are now consulting on the direction, along with a draft management plan and guidance document which will provide guidance to people making planning applications for changes covered by the direction.

You can view a copy of these documents:

We would like to get your views on the documents. The consultation opens on Thursday 27 October and closes at 5pm on Friday 9 December 2022.

We are sending letters to all houses in Mark Hall North to inform them about the consultation.

How to respond

You can give us your comments by email to

You can also write to us at Forward Planning, Civic Centre, The Water Gardens, College Square, Harlow CM20 1WG.

You can view the documents in Harlow Central Library, Mark Hall Library, Old Harlow Library and the Civic Centre during normal opening hours.

We are also holding public drop-in exhibitions at Harlow Museum, Muskham Road, Harlow, CM20 2LF, on Tuesday 22 November 2022 at 10am to 12pm and Thursday 24 November 2022 at 6pm to 8pm.

We will take your comments into account when we decide whether to confirm the direction.

We may not accept comments we receive after the closing date.

If you respond to the consultation, you give the council consent to hold and process your personal data in accordance with the Data Protection Act and the General Data Protection Regulation. Your name, organisation and comments may be available for others to view at the council offices and on the council website.

Parliamentary constituency boundaries

The Boundary Commission for England (BC) are currently reviewing the parliamentary constituency boundaries in England. The review is designed to make sure MPs represent roughly the same number of people in each constituency.

The BC have changed the Harlow constituency boundary and it is now proposed that it will increase by taking in Hatfield Heath, Broad Oak and the Hallingbury’s. This is instead of including Broadly Common, Epping Upland and Nazeing which was initially proposed.

They are now holding one final 4 week consultation on these new constituency proposals from 8 November 2022 to 5 December 2022.

You can view a map of the proposals for Harlow and have your say by clicking on 'Make a comment' on the Boundary Commission's website

You can find more information on our boundary reviews page

Community safety strategy

We are consulting on our draft community safety strategy and would like your views.

You can complete a short survey online to give us your thoughts.

The consultation closes at 9am on Friday 6 January 2023.