Posted by frances.clapp on Tue 1st Nov, 2016
Update - 2017

Allies and Morrison's October 2016 Consultation draft can be viewed via the following link

November - 2016

The heart of Bishop's Stortford - what do you want?

The river, shopping streets, the town park, the cinema, cycling, and walking. These are important to residents and attracted lots of comments when East Herts Council asked people this summer what they loved - and were less keen on - about Bishop's Stortford.

Some key themes and proposals emerged from those comments and EHDC are now asking what people think about them during a second six-week consultation that starts on Wednesday October 26.

Online survey

EHDC have been delivering a leaflet through the door of every home in Bishop's Stortford, giving you details of how to get involved. If you can't find yours, you'll be able to see it online at Old River Lane: Bishop's Stortford Planning Framework Consultation where you'll also find the full consultation document and answer an online survey.

Look out for information boards and stalls around town during the six weeks as well, where you can see the emerging ideas, make your comments and talk to some of the people involved.

The project has been made possible following the council's purchase of the freehold for Old River Lane - a key site in the town centre - which has opened up some exciting regeneration possibilities.

Council leader Linda Haysey said: "We want to ensure that the town continues to provide a high standard of local facilities and environment for residents and also strengthens its competitive position in relation to other nearby town centres.

"Our purchase of the Old River Lane site puts us in a strong position to be able to see the town centre develop in a way that will help ensure that Bishop's Stortford realises its full potential."

All the comments and thoughts that people make will help shape a framework that will look forward to the next 20 years and provide a vision for future development and investment in the town centre.

We're working with top architecture and urban planning practice Allies and Morrison who have developed the framework, and with Bishop's Stortford Town Council and Hertfordshire County Council.

Key themes

Key themes that emerged from people's comments during the summer consultation were:

     Revealing the river

     Improving traffic and pedestrian routes around the town

     Protecting and enhancing historical character

     Quality of the retail offer

     Improved network of green and urban spaces

     Better leisure and culture offer

     A place for business.

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