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Solum cuts new homes in revised Goods Yard plan for Bishop's Stortford

Bishops Stortfords Goods Yard
Bishops Stortfords Goods Yard

Revised proposals to transform Bishop's Stortford's Goods Yard and the area around the railway station have been revealed by Solum Regeneration.

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

The new scheme submitted to East Herts Council follows extensive consultation with members and town residents after an earlier planning application including 680 homes was refused in May this year. An appeal against that decision remains outstanding.

However, Solum appointed new architects, Pollard Thomas Edwards (PTE) to address opponents’ concerns about density, access, height of buildings and now hopes to deliver 586 new homes, a hotel, care home, shops, offices, community use space and improvements to the station, including a new transport interchange, additional car and cycle parking, landscaping and public realm enhancements.

The amendments include:

• The introduction of a two-way road for all traffic from London Road to the station;

• Reduction in the heights of the buildings to align more closely with the existing context;

• Reduction in the number of homes;

• The introduction of proposed office space for local businesses;

• Architectural approach to reflect Bishop’s Stortford’s heritage;

• The introduction of a care home;

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

• Wider station and local transport improvements.

The scheme is in line with the masterplan for the site that was endorsed last month by East Herts Council’s executive committee.

Matthew Serginson, senior development manager with Solum, said: “Over the last few months, we have met with many local groups and have received a positive response to our revised plans. The collaborative approach to preparing the revised plans for the development has ensured that the new proposals deliver the community and commuter benefits through a new and innovative design that reflects the heritage of the town. This is an opportunity to create a new place around the station and deliver some real benefits to Bishop’s Stortford.”

Fact file:

5.82-hectare brownfield site.

Allocated for residential-led development in local plan.

586 residential units.

3,004sq m of office floorspace.

1,001sq m of retail floorspace.

491sq m of dual/alternative use retail and healthcare floorspace.

85-bed hotel.

A care home comprising up to 55 units.

A new link road through the site connecting Station Road/Dane Street with London Road.

Two multi-storey station car parks (966 spaces).

New cycle parking.

Car parking for the residential development.

Improvements to the Bishops Stortford transport interchange.

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

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