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Call for more affordable homes for rent at Stortford Fields




Bishop's Stortford Town Council has called for more rented homes to be included in plans for the western neighbourhood centre at Stortford Fields.

Frontier Estates has made minor revisions to its layout for the shops, doctors' surgery, nursery and 78-bed care home to serve the 2,200 homes being built by developers Bovis, Kier, Persimmon and Taylor Wimpey.

South Street Surgery in Bishop's Stortford town centre has already announced its intention to move to the medical centre there.

Western neighbourhood centre (37077277)
Western neighbourhood centre (37077277)

The scheme also includes 28 affordable apartments. When members of the town council's planning and development committee reviewed the changes, they asked East Herts Council to impose a minimum of nine homes with affordable rents rather than the seven outlined in the proposals. The 21 other affordable properties are for sale.

Town councillors also expressed concerns about the lack of outdoor space for flat residents, especially any families with young children.

Previously when they considered the scheme, members criticised the modern design as more suitable for Milton Keynes than Bishop's Stortford.

Artist's impression of the western neighbourhood centre at Stortford Fields (37077275)
Artist's impression of the western neighbourhood centre at Stortford Fields (37077275)


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