Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
Tetlow King Planning (TKP) succeeded in obtaining planning permission at appeal for a mixed use, retail and residential redevelopment in the heart of Bishop’s Stortford. Located within the Conservation Area, the site forms an important link between the new Jackson Square development and the historic South Street.
The design, by architects Stanford Eatwell, incorporates a part enclosed pedestrian route, whereas the LPA were seeking a wholly open and public thoroughfare. TKP were able to dispel the Council’s stance by showing that there is no policy justification for an open public route. The Inspector agreed stating that:
“There was no requirement in any policy or design brief that any redevelopment of The Dells should ensure that it remained open along its whole length.”
Providing 18 flats above 500 square metres of retail floorspace, the Inspector regarded the proposal as providing a:
“Strong, attractive linkage of usable character.”
The appeal was allowed and can be viewed here.
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