Old River Lane Supplementary Planning Document opens for consultation

Cover of Old River Lane SPD document
East Herts Council is inviting comments on an important planning document setting out a strategic vision for future development at Old River Lane in Bishop’s Stortford.

The Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) outlines the council’s vision for the site and will guide developers when submitting a planning application. A high-level, strategic document, it sets out objectives for sustainable development and travel, better walking and cycling connections, enhanced public spaces, and a varied mix of shops, leisure and community uses to create a vibrant destination that complements the existing town centre. 

The result of months of work with key interest groups and partners, it captures wide-ranging community aspirations from across the town. The SPD also sets out the council’s expectations for the heritage aspects that must be considered as part of the planning process, to retain Bishop’s Stortford’s historic market town character.

Councillor Jan Goodeve, Executive Member for Planning and Growth at East Herts Council, said: “The SPD will help developers understand our vision and aspiration for Old River Lane. It also gives us more detailed criteria to judge future planning applications against, which I hope demonstrates our commitment to delivering the best possible development for Bishop’s Stortford.

“Producing the SPD has been a collaborative effort and I would like to thank everyone involved for their input. It is now vital that we share this vision more widely with everyone who lives, works or spends time in Bishop’s Stortford.”

The draft SPD and details on how to make comments can be found online at: www.eastherts.gov.uk/old-river-lane-supplementary-planning-documents

The consultation is open until 5pm on 2 August 2022.