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East Herts set to extend Solum debate for Stortford residents

Solums vision for Bishops Stortfords Good Yard
Solums vision for Bishops Stortfords Good Yard

Bishop's Stortford residents are set to get an extended say on transformation plans for the Goods Yard at the town's station.

Solum Regeneration has asked East Herts Council to approve its revised scheme which includes 582 new homes, offices, healthcare space, an 85-bed hotel and a 55-unit care home and two multi-storey car parks on the 5.82-hectare site, plus a new link road connecting Dane Street and Station Road.

At the next development management meeting on Wednesday (January 31) members will vote to extend the usual time limit for representations when the application is discussed on February 28. The debate has already been moved from Hertford to Stortford to make public participation easier.

Usually, three minutes are permitted in total for speakers both in favour and in objection to any proposal. Three minutes are also permitted for the relevant town or parish council. Where multiple speakers wish to address the meeting, they are required to combine their presentations within the overall three-minute period.

However, members must decide if an exception is warranted because “clearly the development proposals relating to Bishop’s Stortford Railway Station site are extensive, have raised a range of issues and are of significant local interest”.

If they agree, a total period of 10 minutes be permitted for those who wish to speak in objection to the proposals, in total. The same terms will be offered to any supporting parties and the town council will still be permitted to speak for three minutes.

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