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Bircherley Green plans to transform key site

The transformation of a key site in central Hertford can now get under way after a planning application for Bircherley Green was given the go ahead by East Herts Council last night (October 11).

The development will create a new riverside frontage with places for cafes and restaurants and a new public space for people to enjoy.  In addition, modern retail units, a hotel, 70 new flats, a car park with 143 pay and display spaces will bring life and vibrancy to the county town, the development management committee agreed as they approved the planning application.

The proposals also incorporate a much-needed modernisation of the bus station.

In 2014 the site managers, Wrenbridge, asked people what they wanted to see there and made a number of improvements to the plans. A design panel of architects, urban designers and other build environment professionals endorsed the revised application, making some recommendations which the new design now incorporates.

How people get around the town, good design and the vitality of Hertford have been a focus of HUDS - the Hertford Urban Design Strategy - and the new designs will meet these central criteria. HUDS is a joint project of East Herts Council, Hertford Town Council and Hertfordshire County Council.

Suzanne Rutland-Barsby, executive member for development management, said: "We have taken a long time to reach this stage and have taken great care to ensure that this development will be high quality and will enhance the town centre. All the elements will come together to the benefit of Hertford and its current and future residents and businesses."

Among the commitments to be made by the developer are:

• Provision of 10% of the new residential units as affordable housing
• £44,619 for Simon Balle School
• £8,483 for the town-centre library
• £16,000 for parks and gardens
• £44,000 for outdoor sports on Hartham Common
• Nearly £58,000 towards GP and mental health care.
• A commitment to continuing to explore the potential for the relocation of some local GP services to the site.

October 12, 2017