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Harlow & Gilston Garden Town


Thank you for visiting our recruitment site and for your interest in our exciting and ambitious plans for Harlow and Gilston Garden Town.

The Harlow and Gilston Garden Town is one of the country’s largest Garden Towns in the country and is the primary catalyst for the regeneration of Harlow and its town centre economy.  Harlow is increasingly attracting world class employers locating into the Harlow Enterprise Zone and the Harlow Science Park. The UK public sector presence is led by Public Health England relocating its operations to the town. The growing economy is already seeing a demand emerge for homes, leisure and work space. We are also anticipating future demand and the Garden Town objectives recognise this current, as well as future, demand and has set about planning the delivery of new neighbourhoods and the infrastructure to support them.

We have taken the first steps in establishing a Garden Town Board and we have appointed a Chair, Guy Nicholson, to lead a Board which will bring together individuals from Local Government, business, commerce, community and education.

Our Director, Claire Hamilton, is now establishing a dedicated and committed Garden Town team. Both Claire and I are focussed on ensuring that, to meet the challenges ahead, we create an organisation that is as supportive as it is professional, building a confident team able to respond to challenge and opportunity with equal measure so we can set about creating a Garden Town that will realise a legacy to support generations to come.

To date the region’s Local Authority partners have worked closely together and now is the right moment to capitalise on this consensus and collaboration. Both Claire and I hope that what we can offer you is an extraordinary opportunity to realise an extraordinary ambition for an extraordinary community.

Claire and I look forward to hearing from you.

Best wishes

Chair of Harlow & Gilston Garden Town Board

Our Vision

Our early work has articulated and established some of the founding principles for the Garden Town, and these are captured in the Garden Town Vision which you can read by using the link below. This Vision is at the heart of the Garden Town Team and the work that we do.

Download our Vision here

The Councils

The Harlow and Gilston Garden Town project has 5 Local Authority partners:

East Herts District Council

Harlow District Council

Epping Forest District Council

Essex County Council

Hertfordshire County Council



The Harlow and Gilston Garden Town Board was formed in 2017 after the Local Government partners in the region identified a need to establish a formal cooperation between the organisations to deliver sustainable and lasting regeneration. The Board is designed to realise our collective ambition to identify and deliver on cross boundary strategic matters to accommodate and coordinate housing and economic growth in the region. Board members have worked together to develop proposals for Harlow and Gilston Garden Town which will see 16,000 homes built in the period to 2033 with a further 7,000 planned for beyond 2033.  In January 2017, these proposals were granted formal Garden Town status by Government.

A significant amount of work has gone into developing these ambitious proposals over recent years and we are working together to address a number of challenges which include the development of a housing plan, strategic infrastructure investment, innovation in sustainable travel and ensuring regeneration is inclusive – working with local communities, not against them.

The Roles

Harlow and Gilston Garden Town – Team members

We are seeking to recruit experienced and enthusiastic officers to join our new Harlow and Gilston Garden Town Team.

We are leading on the development of plans for new high quality, attractive and green neighbourhoods to the east, west and south of Harlow along with 7 new villages to the north. New homes will also be built within Harlow.

The Garden Town area will provide for 16,000 new homes up to 2033.  A further 7,000 new homes are planned for the Gilston part of the Garden Town for the period beyond 2033. Harlow and its town centre will be regenerated, thousands of new jobs will be created and further investment will be attracted for the Enterprise Zone. This is a Government backed project which is planning for 15 year’s of growth.

Key to the growth proposals is the establishment of an innovative and sustainable transport corridor which will link the new communities with the station, town centre and employment zones.

While much early work has been undertaken in establishing some of the key building blocks, such as the Garden Town Vision and Design Charter, there’s a long way to go, and we need experienced and enthusiastic Officers to take the lead on managing key elements of this complex and challenging delivery programme.

We are currently setting up a joint team, based at Harlow Council, across 3 Districts and 2 Counties to ensure we collaborate and innovate so, if you have vision and determination, are an excellent team player, and are as excited by this opportunity as we are, please do get in contact and apply for these roles.