An exciting new neighbourhood in Bishop's Stortford
History of the development
Following close consultation with the local community, East Herts District Council, Hertfordshire County Council and Bishop’s Stortford Town Council, outline planning permission for 2,200 new homes and community facilities at Stortford Fields was granted by East Herts District Council in April 2015.
Detailed planning permission for the first phase of the development (the Western Neighbourhood) was also granted in April 2015.
In February 2017, the 130 hectare area of land allocated for development was purchased by developers Taylor Wimpey, Persimmon, Bovis and Kier, from the previous landowners. Construction work on the first homes at the development started in August 2017.
A detailed planning application for the second phase of Stortford Fields (the Eastern Neighbouthood) is currently being prepared.
It is anticipated that this will be submitted to East Herts District Council by the end of 2019.
As well as brand new homes, Stortford Fields will also provide many new community facillites. The masterplan below shows the layout of the development as well the facilities that will be provided.
What's happened so far
There has been a lot going on in the last year to help get the first phase of Stortford Fields up and running, including:
What's coming up?
As well as new homes, Stortford Fields will provide a range of brand new facilities for the benefit of both its residents and the wider community, including:
Giving back to the community
As part of the planning conditions for Stortford Fields, significant financial contributions will be made towards improving existing facilities and infrastructure. The payments will be made to either East Herts District Council or to Hertfordshire County Council. Contributions will include:
These financial contributions are in addition to the brand new facilities that will be built as Stortford Fields takes shape.
The development of Stortford Fields will also create employment opportunities for local people. As well as construction related roles, new and long term jobs will also be created as a result of the shops, schools and businesses which will become a part of the new community.
The planning permission for phase one of Stortford Fields includes provision of a sports pavilion. Subject to there being a suitable level of interest in this facility it will be delivered as planned. If a suitable user for the sports pavilion is not found, the funding set aside for it will be provided to East Herts District Council for use towards other sports facilities in the local area.
A 50 home care village is also proposed in the second phase of Stortford Fields and a planning application to finalise plans for this will be submitted in due course.
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