Comments on Plans for the Goods Yard Redevelopment

Letter from BSCF Chairman to Green Issues Communciations Ltd

Copy to the Head of Development Control at EHDC

Green Issues Communications Ltd
Freepost NAT22750
Reading
RG1 4BR
5 February 2007

BISHOP'S STORTFORD FORMER GOODS YARD

I am writing on behalf of the Bishop's Stortford Civic Federation about the master plan which you recently exhibited about this site. The Federation brings together the Civic Society and all the active community and residents’ associations in the town into a partnership which represents over 6000 households.

We appreciate and welcome the fact that redevelopment will have the potential to bring benefits to a prominent town centre location which is either derelict or covered with surface level car parking. Some elements of the proposals are welcome:- the landscaping and improved accessibility of the towpath; the creation of a large, public (we trust) open space beside the river; the possibility of making the leisure centre appear less visible from a number of viewpoints, and the potential to reduce traffic congestion at Hockerill through construction of a new link road.

However, we also have a number of major reservations about the proposals which still appear substantially the same as those previously canvassed by the same developer and which do not, as a result do justice to this opportunity. Our concerns are as follows:-

I hope you find these comments helpful and look forward to an improved proposal which takes account of them before planning permission is sought. I am copying this letter to the Head of Development Control at EHDC.

JOHN RHODES
CHAIRMAN