New public health science headquarters have been given the green light by Harlow Council

Plans for Public Health England’s (PHE) new public health science campus and headquarters have been given the green light by Harlow Council.

Last night the Council’s Development Management Committee decided to approve outline planning permission for the development at the former GSK site subject to conditions and a Section 106 Legal Agreement.

Work will now take place between the Council and PHE to finalise the legal agreement.

The campus will be the national centre for PHE’s research, training and administrative functions. The plans will see PHE relocate most of its current facilities at Porton in Wiltshire, Colindale in north London and its central London headquarters to a single, state-of-the-art science campus. PHE Harlow as it will be known will bring together experts in cancer, mental health, nutrition, smoking, alcohol, diabetes, dementia, infectious diseases, environmental hazards and climate change.

The development will provide a major boost to the local economy with 2,750 staff to be based at the currently vacant site by 2024, with scope for further expansion. Thousands of construction-related jobs would be created during the development of the site, of which it is hoped a significant number would be recruited locally.

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