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