March 2019 – Initial plans submitted for the development of Bishop’s Stortford South have been accepted by East Hertfordshire District Council.

Countryside’s Hybrid Planning Application for a new community on land south of the town lying to the west of London Road/Thorley Street and north of the St James’ Way bypass was accepted following a formal period of public consultation.

The application contained detailed plans for the initial phase which consists of 142 dwellings, and outline plans for later phases, which includes a mix of uses on the site to support a sustainable community, including a further 608 dwellings, including affordable housing, land for a secondary school, a primary school, a care home, a 4-5 hectare employment area, a neighbourhood centre, community facilities and areas of public open space.

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Project Timeline
 
Initial site investigations
Preliminary work to assess site suitability
Development of high-level masterplan principles
The consideration of site opportunities and constraints, and the creation of landscape-led design principles.
Stakeholder early engagement - During 2016 and 2017
Initial engagement with interest groups and the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group. Pre-application discussion with officers and initial draft proposals emerge.
Public Consultation - December 2017 to February 2018
Presentation of emerging plans with stakeholders and the public to provide information and gather feedback.
Feedback analysis - February 2018 onwards
Collate and analyse consultation feedback.
Masterplan Framework endorsement - July 2018
Masterplan Framework endorsed by East Hertfordshire District Council.
Submission of Hybrid Planning Application - September 2018
Ongoing discussion with officers, statutory consultees and key stakeholders.
East Herts District Council formal public consultation
Formal period of public consultation run by East Herts District Council. The Outline planning application will ultimately be determined by EHDC planning committee. If permission is granted, detailed (Reserved Matters) will be drawn up and progressed for subsequent approval.
Acceptance of Hybrid Planning Application - March 2019
Following a public consultation period, East Herts District Council have voted to accept the plans submitted for the construction of 142 homes, and the provision for further development