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Hybrid application submitted for Bishop’s Stortford community

Words: Huw Morris

Developer Countryside has submitted a hybrid planning application to East Hertfordshire District Council for a 750-home sustainable community to the south of Bishop’s Stortford.

The community, to be called Bishop’s Stortford South, comprises a 4.5 hectare employment area, shops, community space, neighbourhood centre and a care home alongside the homes.

The proposals also include primary and secondary schools, which have been masterplanned to allow for future expansion with detailed proposals being drawn up by Bishop’s Stortford High School and Hertfordshire County Council. 

The plans, which follow a series of public consultation events, include a network of pedestrian footpaths and cycleways with an improved bus service to provide the future and surrounding community with sustainable transport.

The first phase of 142 homes will include a range of housing from apartments to five-bed houses, with 40% of them affordable.

A village high street is planned as a key artery through the scheme, which will include tree-lined streets, small village greens, residential areas and play facilities. Public rights of way will run through a multifunctional green corridor connecting into the town-wide walking route from the River Stort through to Southern Country Park.

“We were encouraged with the response and engagement of the local community and stakeholders during our consultation process, and we believe our plans and vision for Bishop’s Stortford South will provide much-needed quality new homes, and create a place where people will love to live, work and visit,” said Countryside managing director Andrew Carrington.

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