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Countryside pushes ahead with planning application for 750 homes at Bishop's Stortford South

Aerial view of Stortford South
Aerial view of Stortford South

A planning application for 750 homes at Bishop's Stortford South has been submitted to East Herts Council by developer Countryside.

The proposals for a “sustainable new community” on Green Belt land off St James Way at Thorley follow public consultation – and long-term opposition from the parish council.

As well as homes, the estate will ultimately include employment, retail, community space and a care home.

Details include a network of footpaths and cycleways plus improved public transport provision.

The application puts forward in-depth proposals for the first phase of 142 new homes, ranging from apartments to five-bedroom properties, with 40% designated for affordable rent or shared ownership.

A ‘village high street’ is planned as a key artery through the site, and existing public rights of way will be enhanced with a “multi-functional green corridor” connecting to the town-wide walking route from the River Stort through to Southern Country Park.

Maintaining open views from the high ground and the Hertfordshire Way has influenced the location of new primary and secondary school sites, with playing fields positioned on the higher ground.

Countryside managing director Andrew Carrington said: “The focus of the new scheme will be on creating a sustainable and thriving development that fully integrates with the existing community.”

A principal new roundabout access will be created on St James Way with a secondary roundabout at Whittington Way and Bishop’s Avenue, providing access for a bus route through the development which will limit car access onto Whittington Way.

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