Newhall Be, Harlow, Alison Brooks Architects © Paul Riddle 

Harlow and Gilston Garden Town will bring up to 10,000 new homes and new employment opportunities to the London Stanstead Cambridge Corridor within a setting that makes the most of the natural environment. The new garden town will spur growth not only in the immediate area but also more widely in Essex and Hertfordshire.

As well as homes and jobs, there will be new schools, health facilities and green spaces, all within easy walking, cycling and commuting distance. Harlow Council, East Hertfordshire District Council and Epping Forest District Council are working together to develop the new garden town.

St Paul's & St Mary's Church, Harlow © Discover Harlow

To achieve their aspirations and those of existing communities for the highest quality development, they have established a Quality Review Panel which brings together experts in all those areas essential to create a thriving and sustainable place where people will want to live, work and settle.


The Harlow and Gilston Quality Review Panel is chaired by Peter Maxwell, Director of Design, London Legacy Development Corporation.

Harlow and Gilston panel members

Peter Maxwell (chair)


Andrew Beharrell

Jayne Bird

Tony Burton CBE

Jennette Emery-Wallis

Derek Griffiths

Kirsten Henson

Roland Karthaus

Dr Jan Kattein

Richard Lavington

Frazer Osment

Hari Phillips

Vivienne Ramsey OBE

Sue Rowlands

Chris Snow

Richard Smith

Peter Studdert

Richard Wilson 


Terms of reference

Panel site visit © Ione Braddick 

View of Parndon Mill © Dr Andrew Lewis

Illustrative design of Gilston Park Estate © Places for People