A PROJECT to rejuvenate Harlow town centre could lead to more than 400 new residential units.

Addington Capital, which is behind the new cinema and restaurants opening on the first floor of the Harvey Centre, intends to create 442 new residential units and 3,100 square metres of retail space in Market Square, Broad Walk and West Gate.

Its proposals, which also include using parts of the existing Harvey Centre car park for residential parking, were on show at a public exhibition last month at the Harvey Centre, hosted by Snapdragon Consulting.

Joel Fayers of Snapdragon Consulting said there had been a very positive response on the whole from visitors to the exhibition. He said: “The reaction has been good. People are very happy with what we have planned.”

Harlow Council is also involved in improving the town centre.

Julie Houston, the Strategy & Economic Development Manager from Harlow Council’s Regeneration Team said: “The Council has an inward investment website that encourages businesses to move to Harlow.

“They are working hard to bring forward the Harlow Enterprise Zone, a project designed to deliver high quality accommodation in Harlow for businesses to move into.

“We produce printed materials and banners to promote Harlow as a location for business at meetings, conferences and events.

“We deal with enquiries from businesses considering Harlow as a location, helping with accommodation search, information and any other questions they may have.”

Although she could not comment on the specifics about the regeneration project, Julie said: “I think it is fair to say that generally we think increased residential provision in the town centre is a good thing if it is good quality and can be properly serviced and accessed.

“Similarly, there has been investment in the retail premises elsewhere in the town centre so the northern part of the town centre would benefit from new accommodation for shops.”

The Water Gardens continues to be a successful shopping area.

Its centre manager, Beryl Murphy said: “Our letting agents liaise with potential retailers, however, at present the Water Gardens is a fully let shopping centre with no vacant units available.

“Many retailers have been at The Water Gardens since it opened in 2003 and continue to trade successfully.

“We have a very active marketing company who liaise with the retailers on a daily basis on all marketing and promotional issues. They ensure that any events held in the Water Gardens assists with boosting and driving sales for retailers.”

For more information visit http://theharveycentre.com/redevelopment/ or http://www.addingtoncapital.com/our-properties/detail/leisure-retail-scheme-harlow