Epping Forest District Council has been awarded £120,000 from the Government to produce a design code for Latton Priory – one of the Council’s three Harlow and Gilston Garden Town development sites.

The Council’s Implementation team will work with the Department for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities’ (DLUHC) in delivering the design code as part of its Pathfinder Programme.

This programme starts in April and will run for a year with the aim of achieving an aspirational design code that can be used as a model for other communities within the district, the garden town and across the country.

Its focus is on steering new development to deliver well connected homes, with an emphasis on community engagement and empowering local communities to have their say on new homes, buildings and amenities.

The Latton Priory element of HGGT will bring a new neighbourhood of around 1,050 homes, two schools, a new local centre, open space and community facilities.

The design code will set out key design principles for this new community, promoting active travel, landscaping, community facilities and high-quality, sustainable places in line with both the district and garden town visions.

Epping Forest District Council’s Planning Portfolio Holder, and EFDC representative on the HGGT Board, Cllr Nigel Bedford, said: “This is excellent news for EFDC and the Latton Priory project. It lays the foundation of a good design code for not only our new neighbourhood of Latton Priory, but other such developments across the country.”