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Roadshow in Jackson Square reveals changes to Bishop's Stortford neighbourhood plans

Bishop's Stortford residents have a chance to scrutinise proposed revisions of the town's neighbourhood plans.

The town council had organised a Covid-safe consultation event in Jackson Square on Thursday (Nov 5) and Saturday (Nov 7) before the Government's latest lockdown was announced. As a result of the new restrictions, the displays will be unmanned.

The council is updating both its 2015 Silverleys and Meads plan and a second from 2017 covering All Saints, Central and South wards and part of Thorley, to ensure its policies are given priority when East Herts Council determines development applications.

Cllr Keith Warnell (42919730)
Cllr Keith Warnell (42919730)

A team led by the mayor, Cllr Keith Warnell, has been working on the revisions since the start of the year and has come up with additions to address climate change, green infrastructure, sustainable transport, education, growth of the town centre and ongoing construction plans for the Bishop's Stortford South estate, St James' Park, and redevelopment of The Bishop's Stortford High School campus at London Road for housing after the secondary moves to a new home at St James' Park, off Whittington Way.

The plans also include a list of locations – including play areas, allotments and part of Thorley Wash nature reserve – to be designated as Local Green Spaces to protect them from speculators.

The neighbourhood plan team hopes to be able to explain the proposals and answer questions in person during a further display in December, once the latest lockdown is lifted.

Survey QR code (42919698)
Survey QR code (42919698)

For those unable to attend the roadshow, an exhibition is in place at the Tourist Information Centre until mid-November and information is online at www.stortfordplan.org .

The town council wants residents to use a QR (Quick Response) code to access and complete a survey by November 15.

There will be a further chance to comment on the changes before an independent examiner scrutinises the strategy next year.

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