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

Draft Wych Elm development brief consultation

We are consulting on a development brief for the Wych Elm area (pdf).

A development brief informs developers and other interested parties of the constraints and opportunities presented by a specific site, and the type of development expected or encouraged by local planning policies.

In March 2022 the council adopted a masterplan document for the town centre. This identified 8 separate opportunity areas and Wych Elm was one of these. We have created a Wych Elm development brief to help tackle several issues identified and to ensure that development and regeneration opportunities come forward comprehensively.

The Wych Elm development brief, once adopted, will become a material consideration in the determination of planning applications for the Wych Elm area. It will also inform relevant pre-application discussions.

How to respond

You can give us your views on the draft Wych Elm development brief by email to or by letter to Forward Planning, Civic Centre, The Water Gardens, College Square, Harlow CM20 1WG.

The consultation starts on 27 June 2022 and closes at 5pm on 22 July 2022.

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