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New chance for opponents to voice their objections to Stortford South plans

Aerial view of Stortford South. (7418770)
Aerial view of Stortford South. (7418770)

Amendments to plans for 750 homes on farmland at Bishop’s Stortford South have given opponents extra time to object to the new estate.

Roger Halford, vice-chair of the Old Thorley and Twyford Residents' Association (OTTRA), called on campaigners to double their efforts to block the scheme, fearing the planning application is being rushed through before May’s local elections.

He said: “This is all happening with great haste by East Herts Council to try to deal with the application before the election.”

The latest consultation closes on Tuesday (Mar 5). EHC's development management committee is expected to determine the plans on March 20.

Developer Countryside Properties unveiled its blueprint back in December 2017 with a seven-week public consultation before lodging a formal planning application with EHC last October.

It says it wants to create a “sustainable community with around 750 new homes including affordable housing, land for a secondary school, a primary school, a care home, an employment area, a neighbourhood centre and areas of public space” on land bordered by Whittington Way, London Road, St James' Way and Obrey Way.

Its proposals have provoked more than 1,000 comments, with more being added each day, following EHC’s discretionary decision to extend the opportunity for objections to Countryside’s “carefully considered, landscape-led design approach”.

The developer has come back to the planning authority with a list of changes prompted by its engagement with the council and the public, most significantly removal of the westernmost access point on Obrey Way and internal reconfigurations as a result – with new maps and diagrams to match.

The plan for the farmland north of the St James’ Way A1184 bypass is a hybrid, including an overall, or outline, submission for the whole site and a full, detailed application for the first sector to be built – 142 homes and a north-south road – known as Development Zone A.

The revised plans now show the northern parcel in context with the rest of the proposed development. There is a new arboricultural statement and each house-type plan has been updated. There are also additional street scenes covering different viewpoints to help with interpretation of the plans.

The Stortford South development has been sanctioned as part of EHC’s Government-approved district plan for new homes to 2033.

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