Consultation over a scheme of more than 1,000 new homes in Essex will start in October after councillors approved a plan to guide its design.

The strategic design code for the Latton Priory development of a minimum 1,050 homes, a new local centre with retail and community units, primary school, secondary school and a gypsy and traveller site, was approved by Epping Forest Council’s cabinet on September 18.

The site is one of three within the Harlow and Gilston Garden Town (HGGT) regeneration project, which aims to deliver 16,000 new homes by 2033 and a further 7,000 after that date.

The consultation will run for a minimum of six weeks during October and November and include online surveys and engagement tools in addition to in-person workshops, exhibitions and drop in sessions.

Results from the consultation will be reported back to cabinet before proceeding.

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