Councillors have approved Pollard Thomas Edwards’ designs for a housing-led scheme in Hertfordshire
East Herts District Council voted unanimously in favour of the plans to build 586 homes in the town of Bishop’s Stortford for Solum – a partnership between developer Kier and landowner Network Rail.
The Goods Yard scheme, located on a 5.8ha brownfield site between the River Stort and London Road, also includes a 55-unit care home, an 85-bed hotel and two multistorey car parks.
Solum said 117 of the homes would be affordable.
The developer hired Pollard Thomas Edwards after the council rejected an earlier scheme it submitted last May.
The architect’s proposals altered the design of the buildings and lowered their height as well as reducing the number of homes from 680 to 586.
The scheme will also provide a range of transport improvements including additional station car parking, better cycle and pedestrian links and a new two-way road improving links through the site to the town centre.
The council received a number of objections to the scheme, including one from Bishops Stortford Town Council which claimed the buildings over five storeys in height were ‘out of keeping’ with the town.
But planning officers said the design ‘responds well to the context of the site’, and recommended approval, adding: ‘Not all policy aspirations are met in full but, overall, it is considered that this is an area where the development will result in improvements to the character and appearance of this part of the town.’
Solum’s development director Matthew Serginson said he was ‘delighted’ with the decision. ‘It will be a fantastic scheme, that opens up the riverside and provides a transformed gateway into the town,’ he commented. ‘It will deliver a lot of benefits for the community and for those that use the station.’
He said that work would start on the scheme in the coming months.