Garden Town partner, Harlow Council, has welcomed the news that £23.7m of government funding has been awarded to support local regeneration projects.

Over 100 towns across the country were invited to apply for up to £25m from the Government’s Towns Fund with Harlow’s bid, submitted in November 2020, successfully led by the Harlow Growth Board.

Town centre regeneration forms part of the future Harlow & Gilston Garden Town, alongside new neighbourhoods in Water Lane, Latton Priory, East Harlow and seven new villages in Gilston.

The following projects will be supported:


There are three projects to improve the transport links and connectivity in the town centre. This includes improving public spaces to make the town centre feel safer and more attractive and a new transport and commercial hub in Terminus Street replacing the existing bus station.


Improving Staple Tye neighbourhood through providing new workspace for businesses and creating new jobs.


Developing the Templefields Enterprise Zone through improving access via a new Cambridge Road and River Way junction.


Improving local skills opportunities through Harlow College’s plans for the Institute of Technology focused on science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

More details on the projects will be released as details are now finalised.

Brian Keane, Chief Executive of Harlow Council, said: “I am really pleased for the council staff and growth board partners who have worked so hard to put together a successful towns fund submission and we welcome the government’s support.

“This multi-million pound funding on top of the £1m funding secured by the council last year is going to make a real difference to Harlow and it will be matched with even more funding from Harlow Council, private sector contributions and our partners such as Essex County Council and Harlow College.

“The projects, which this funding will help support, aim to create job and training opportunities for residents, transform public spaces and support businesses at a vital time as Harlow recovers from the pandemic.

“By working with partners, I am hopeful that there is much more funding to come, which will support Harlow’s ongoing regeneration and transformation.”

The Harlow Growth Board which is made up of local public, private and voluntary organisations has developed a Harlow Investment Plan and vision.

The government’s announcement can be read here.