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East Herts leader explains her Stortford planning strategy for Goods Yard development




East Herts Council leader Linda Haysey
East Herts Council leader Linda Haysey

Bishop's Stortford's Goods Yard site is a unique conundrum for East Herts Council - unlike the other major housing developments in the district, it is a brownfield site in the centre of the authority's largest town. The leader, Cllr Linda Haysey, has personally piloted a masterplan for the land with the aim of achieving the best possible outcome with the help of all stakeholders. Last week, her fellow executive members approved her blueprint and here she explains why their endorsement is so important.

Redevelopment of the Goods Yard will give Bishops Stortford a new transport interchange at the train station
Redevelopment of the Goods Yard will give Bishops Stortford a new transport interchange at the train station

Creating a masterplan for the Goods Yard site to ensure it meets the needs of the town has been no

easy task, but by working with the people who care passionately about the future of Bishop’s

Stortford, we are pleased to have reached this next crucial stage.

Car Park on former Goods Yard at Bishops Stortford Station. Pic: Vikki Lince
Car Park on former Goods Yard at Bishops Stortford Station. Pic: Vikki Lince

By working together, we believe this masterplan will help to deliver future developments on this key

site that will meet the aspirations of commuters and residents of the town. We want to make sure

that whatever goes on the site, from homes and green spaces to shops, parking spaces and transport

links, are high quality and fit for purpose.

Market Square, Bishops Stortford. Solum show off their revised plan for the regeneration of the Goods Yard. Matthew Serginson - Senior Development Manager for Solum. Pic: Vikki Lince
Market Square, Bishops Stortford. Solum show off their revised plan for the regeneration of the Goods Yard. Matthew Serginson - Senior Development Manager for Solum. Pic: Vikki Lince

The key elements covered within the masterplan include roads, parking, buildings, green spaces, the

riverside and how the site fits into the town as a whole.

One of the document’s strengths is that it has been compiled in collaboration with local ward

members, wider Bishop’s Stortford members and the site landowners. The joint working has been so

positive that the steering group members have decided to continue to meet from time to time when

appropriate.

So why did we feel the need for a masterplan? The goods yard offers enormous potential for the

town. It can play an important role in the economic health of the town. It’s one of the first places

that people see when they arrive by train and it has great potential to enhance a significant stretch

of riverside.

The masterplan will help to ensure that our aims for the site are realised. It isn’t a binding document

in planning terms, but it will be an important factor in considering a future planning application.

Earlier this year we rejected a planning application that failed to make the best of the opportunities

offered by the site. At that stage, we had already started work on a framework for the whole of the

town and we felt that the original application didn’t reflect our aims.

A new planning application is expected in the near future and we are now in a much healthier

position to ensure that whatever happens on the Goods Yard will be good for the people of Bishop’s

Stortford and for East Herts as a whole.

For more details and to watch a webcast, see: http://democracy.eastherts.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=119&MId=3291&Ver=4&J=6



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