People’s views are being sought on a masterplan for a minimum of 1,050 new homes.

The Latton Priory Masterplan consultation is open and runs until 9 January 2023.

The development site on the southern edge of Harlow sits within Epping Forest District Council’s boundary and so the council is seeking views on the plan.

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The planned houses are part of Harlow and Gilston Garden Town and would be on land around Latton Priory Farm, to the south of Harlow and west of London Road and the M11.

The Epping Forest councillor responsible for place and Harlow and Gilston Garden Town board member Nigel Bedford said: “Latton Priory is one of 3 sites within the proposed Harlow and Gilston Garden Town Development that fall within the EFDC boundary.

"Public comments, views and input will help shape the project as the masterplan framework is finalised, so I would urge local people to have their say before the closing date of 9 January, next year."

As well as homes the site is set to provide community facilities including a new secondary school, primary school, nursery, and pre-school.

Land will also be set aside for businesses to offer jobs in the town.

The council also promises “extensive” green and blue infrastructure to promote biodiversity and sustainable drainage along with large "sustainable alternative natural green spaces to improve biodiversity and alleviate mounting pressure on the Epping Forest".

According to the consultation website: “Latton Priory will be an uplifting place where people feel proud to live, study, work and play.

“People will feel physically and digitally connected, both within Latton Priory and to wider networks and facilities.

“Active and sustainable travel modes will be encouraged at every scale of design including cycling and walking links to key destinations and public transport.”

Earlier this month Harlow & Gilston Garden Town, which aims to support the delivery of a total of 24,000 homes, won in the Building Garden Communities category at the 2022 Essex Housing Awards, on November 3.

The category recognises the “best new or planned garden communities from design to construction including zero carbon”.

Views can be given on the consultation website before January 9 next year: