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East Herts Council approves Bishop's Stortford Goods Yard plan for 586 new homes




A computer-generated image of Station Square in Solums scheme
A computer-generated image of Station Square in Solums scheme

Developer Solum has welcomed the unanimous decision of East Herts Council's development management committee to approve its 586-home plan for the brownfield Goods Yard site in Bishop's Stortford.

What Solum says its Goods Yard scheme delivers

An award-winning architectural style that is reflective of Bishop’s Stortford’s heritage

A two-way road for traffic from London Road to the station

Buildings heights aligned more closely to the existing context

A reduction in the number of homes

Office space to support the local economy

A care home and health-care uses

New cycle and pedestrian links from the station to the river and the town centre

Wider station and local transport improvements

Councillors heard evidence and debated the issue for two hours at a packed meeting specially convened in the town – at Birchwood High School – on Tuesday evening before reaching their verdict.

Welcoming the decision, Matthew Serginson, development director with Solum, said today (Wednesday): “We are delighted to have secured approval.

“A huge amount of commitment has been made by all parties to incorporate the ideas and changes that have come from the council and the community, but this collaborative approach has paid off. We would like to thank all involved.

“It will be a fantastic scheme that opens up the riverside and provides a transformed gateway into the town. It will deliver a lot of benefits for the community and for those that use the station. We look forward to getting started on building the scheme over the coming months.”

Solums vision for Bishops Stortfords Goods Yard site
Solums vision for Bishops Stortfords Goods Yard site

Solum, a multi-site development partnership between Network Rail and Kier Property, says it will transform the 5.82-hectare site into an exciting new quarter around the town’s railway station.

It will deliver 586 homes – at least 117 of them affordable – along with office space for business, an 85-bed hotel, new retail accommodation, a care home and “an enhanced public realm”.

The scheme will provide a range of station and transport enhancements, including two multi-storey station car parks with 966 spaces and cycle and pedestrian links.

A new two-way road linking London Road with Station Road will be constructed, but initially, at least, it will be reserved for buses only.

A previous planning application by Solum was refused by the council in May 2017. It prompted Solum to appoint new architects, Pollard Thomas Edwards (PTE), and work up a new scheme after discussions with EHC officers and members, local groups and the community.

More information about the scheme is available at www.goodsyardsite.co.uk



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