Plans submitted to regenerate Goods Yard at Bishops Stortford

13rd April, 2016

Solum, the partnership between Network Rail and Kier Property that is promoting the redevelopment of the Goods Yard site around Bishop’s Stortford station, has submitted a planning application to East Hertfordshire District Council following extensive consultation with local residents.

Solum’s plans, which have been worked up with the station operators Abellio Greater Anglia, will transform the neglected, brownfield site into a modern transport hub, providing better links for those walking, cycling or driving to the station and better connectivity with local bus services. The scheme will also deliver much needed homes, a hotel and new waterside park.

Matthew Serginson, development manager with Solum Regeneration, said:

“We have had a very positive response from the community. Residents’ feedback has been hugely valuable in informing our designs. The scheme that we have submitted reflects many of the comments and suggestions made by local residents.

“The redevelopment of the Goods Yard site has been an aspiration of the town since the 1990’s. This plan gives us the opportunity to finally bring this neglected site back to life.”

The Goods Yard site has been identified in Council planning policies for development since the 1990s. Over the past 18 months Solum representatives have been meeting and consulting with local residents, with public exhibitions held in March 2015 and February 2016.  Over 900 responses have been submitted to the consultation, and in response to the public feedback, Solum has made significant changes to its plans, including:

  • Stepping back development from the riverside and creating a waterside park
  • Introducing a hotel
  • Introducing a new southern access from London Road to the station
  • Increasing the number of station car parking spaces to accommodate future parking demand
  • Developing the design of the buildings to create more variety within the development
  • Introducing a children’s play area

The development will be delivered in a number of phases to allow the continued operation of the station and ensure that car parking remains.

Quick facts about the submitted scheme:

  • 5.82 hectare site
  • A new southern access from London Road to the station
  • A new transport interchange
  • Better pedestrian and cycle links from the station to the town centre and the river
  • An improved public realm around the station
  • 966 station car parking spaces – providing car parking capacity growth at the station
  • An 80-bed hotel
  • New retail units helping to provide connectivity to the town centre
  • 682 new homes, helping to reduce development pressure on the surrounding rural greenbelt areas
  • A new riverside walk
  • 1 hectare of new parks and open spaces

More information is available at www.goodsyardsite.co.uk