Harlow, United Kingdom, Europe
Year1947latitude: 51° 46'
longitude: 0° 7'
Planning organization
Nationality initiator(s)
Designer(s) / Architect(s)Sir Frederick Gibberd
Design organization
Inhabitants82,000 (2011)
Target population80,000
Town websitehttp://www.harlow.gov.uk
Town related links
Literature- 'Harlow 1957, Official Handbook and Guide', Harlow 1957

type of New Town: > scale of autonomy
New Town
Company Town
> client
Private Corporation
Public Corporation
> policy
"Identified as the location for a London ‘ring town’ in Patrick Abercrombie’s 1944 Greater London Plan, Harlow’s existing connections to road and rail networks and the quality of its landscape influenced its designation. Conceived through Sir Frederick Gibberd’s masterplan, Harlow’s ‘green wedges’ give the town a distinctive character and connect residential neighbourhoods with open spaces and the countryside beyond; although today they present their own management challenges. Harlow’s population increased significantly in the 1950s and 1960s, but numbers declined in the 1970s and 1980s. Today, supporting the town’s regeneration aspirations, there are proposals for around 12,000 new dwellings by 2031. Harlow’s recent extension at Newhall has won several architecture and design accolades."

" A key design feature was higher-density housing, with the majority of the town’s open space provided within ‘green wedges’. Expansion proposals between the 1950s and 1970s put forward a population of up to 150,000, which was turned down in 1977."

source: Town & Country Planning Association (TCPA)

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