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Mace submits plans to regenerate Stevenage

Words: Laura Edgar
Plans for regeneration of Stevenage town centre / Mace

Proposals for the regeneration of Stevenage town centre have been lodged with the borough council.

The plans – known as SG1 – cover 14.5 acres of the town centre and are aimed at complementing new development already under way at the north end of Queensway on the Town Square.

Submitted by construction consultancy Mace, the outline application for the masterplan comprises 1,800 new homes, 3,500 square metres of retail and commercial floor space, a new public square and park, a public services hub on the Town Square and a new primary school.

It contains a detailed application for the first two plots in the first phase. These are for Swingate South car park and Swingate House, as well as the former police building on Southgate. The first phase is expected to deliver 760 new homes in the town centre.

The masterplan also provides new green spaces, increased biodiversity and fresh planting in a new garden square next to the public services hub and the Town Square, a new public tree-lined boulevard, and a new park and pond at the new Southgate Park, south of Queensway.

A new mini-square – ‘Arrival Square’ – will be built to greet visitors at the bottom of the access ramp to the railway station.

Kevin Cowin, director at Mace, said the firm wants to deliver a “thriving, successful, and attractive heart” to Stevenage that will serve the needs of local people and businesses.

“During our consultation on the SG1 masterplan over the summer, one of the key things residents and town centre businesses told us was the importance of creating attractive, welcoming public spaces where people can meet and relax. Our planning application responds to what local people have told us.”

Image credit | Mace