Local history

We recognise the importance of the local historic landscape, heritage and archaeological features to Gilston Park Estate’s future.

This is why we have worked very closely with Historic England and East Herts District Council to explore ways to protect and enhance the area’s heritage for future generations. The changes to our applications reflect these aspirations.

The new proposed heritage measures include:

  • Extending the three Sensitive Development Areas, intended to protect and enhance the site’s historically important parts.
  • Refining heritage design principles, which will influence development in these areas.
  • Removing developable area from land to the south of the Grade 1-listed building at St Mary’s Church.
  • Widening buffer zones – or ‘village corridors’ – around local features in areas including Gilston village and Channocks Farm, and between Villages 1 and 5 to create distinctive communities.

Many people and organisations have commented on the plans since their submission. We have worked closely with East Herts District Council to review the feedback and have responded by making changes to the applications submitted in early 2023.

We would like to thank everyone who has helped to shape our plans for Gilston Park Estate over recent years. This feedback will help to make a vibrant, connected, successful community to be proud of.