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11. Bishop's Stortford
                                    Summary of Representations                        Council Response
D2/01365/HSG/001/O                  Bishop's Stortford's character and                No Change in Response to this Objection
Mr Paul Ailey                       appearance cannot be maintained with any
                                    further significant increase in the size of the   Additional houses are required in the District in order to comply with national,
Policy HSG1a                        town.                                              regional and Hertfordshire Structure Plan policy and in order to meet the
                                                                                      housing needs of a growing population, and as a result of falling household
                                    The town's infrastructure will not be able to     size, requiring smaller houses for smaller households.
                                    cope with increased population as it cannot
                                    cope at present.                                  Bishop's Stortford is one of the main settlements in East Hertfordshire and is
                                                                                      considered to be a sustainable location for development to be focused. The
                                    The Plan has to recognise that there is a         key role of this Local Plan is to set out a planning policy framework that
                                    finite capacity for Bishop's Stortford.           ensures that this new development is well related to the existing town and
                                                                                      contributes in as positive a way as possible.
                                    Need to ensure that the development of
                                    land in Bishop's Stortford does not increase      The District Council will seek to ensure that additional appropriate investment
                                    its population beyond 40,000.                      is made to provide services to new and existing residents. Co-ordination and
                                                                                      consultation takes place with service providers, although there is often a
                                                                                      transition period before new facilities become available. New development
                                                                                      should not involve unreasonable additional expenditure by the public sector,
                                                                                      or a burden on the existing community. The new Implementation Chapter in
                                                                                      this Plan sets out the District Council’s approach to securing contributions from
                                                                                       developers towards new infrastructure.

                                                                                      It is not agreed that the town has a finite capacity per se and it would be
                                                                                      inappropriate to impose an upper limit on the population of the town. Growth
                                                                                      need not necessarily cause harm to the town, providing appropriate
                                                                                      infrastructure is in place and providing the growth proposals are well planned,
                                                                                       relate well to Bishop's Stortford and are sustainable.




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11. Bishop's Stortford
                                   Summary of Representations                      Council Response
D2/02659/HSG/002/O                 Bishop's Stortford is at maximum capacity. It   No Change in Response to this Objection
Mrs Beryl Ailey                     cannot cope with any more significant
                                   increase in population, as the roads are        Additional houses are required in the District in order to comply with national,
Policy HSG1a                       unable to cope with the increase in traffic.     regional and Hertfordshire Structure Plan policy and in order to meet the
                                   Parking is almost impossible, especially on     housing needs of a growing population, and as a result of falling household
                                   Thursdays and Saturdays. The character of       size, requiring smaller houses for smaller households.
                                   the town has changed from the small market
                                    town it once was, due to the enlargement of    Bishop's Stortford is one of the main settlements in East Hertfordshire and is
                                    Stansted Airport.                              considered to be a sustainable location for development to be focused. The
                                                                                   key role of this Local Plan is to set out a planning policy framework that
                                                                                   ensures that this new development is well related to the existing town and
                                                                                   contributes in as positive a way as possible.

                                                                                   The District Council will seek to ensure that additional appropriate investment
                                                                                    is made to provide services to new and existing residents. Co-ordination and
                                                                                   consultation takes place with service providers, although there is often a
                                                                                   transition period before new facilities become available. New development
                                                                                   should not involve unreasonable additional expenditure by the public sector,
                                                                                   or a burden on the existing community. The new Implementation Chapter in
                                                                                   this Plan sets out the District Council’s approach to securing contributions from
                                                                                    developers towards new infrastructure.

D2/03348/HSG/001/O                 It's illogical planning to spend large sums     No Change in Response to this Objection
Mr Jeffrey Barnes                  reducing traffic flow problems on main
                                   arteries like Rye Street and then               The work undertaken around Rye Street in Bishop's Stortford was aimed at
Section 3.6                        immediately introduce a large development       dealing with existing traffic flow problems. However the work undertaken
                                    on the ASR here. The inevitable increase       would do no harm in helping the town cope with additional traffic, were
                                   in pressure generated by some 1200 car          development to occur on the ASRs. Such development, although not
                                   journey per day to the town centre will         anticipated to be required in this Plan period, would need extensive
                                   defeat the original object.                     investigation in terms of the traffic impact on the town and is likely to be
                                                                                   require significant highway improvements, which usually would be funded by
                                                                                   the developer. However, the potential for such development should not
                                                                                   prevent appropriate schemes coming forward that deal with existing problems.

D2/01657/HSG/008/O                 The ASRs are not needed for housing in the      No Change in Response to this Objection
Bishop's Stortford Civic Society    Plan period (with the possible exception of
                                   a part of ASR1 - see objection to Policy        It is anticipated that due to the provision of further brownfield/previously
Paragraph 3.2.17c                  BIS9) their protection as areas of open         developed land, particularly in and adjacent to Bishop’s Stortford town centre,
                                   countryside needs to be strengthened. The        that development of the Bishop’s Stortford North Areas of Special Restraint
                                   ASRs should be redesignated as Green Belt.      (ASRs) will not be required in the Plan period to 2011. However, it is
                                                                                   considered important to retain reference to development of ASRs 1 & 2 in
                                                                                   case allocated and windfall sites in Bishop's Stortford do not come forward, in
                                                                                   order to ensure the town's housing apportionment is met. It is not considered
                                                                                   appropriate to change these long-standing allocations and include them

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11. Bishop's Stortford
                               Summary of Representations                      Council Response
D2/01851/HSG/003/O             The character and infrastructure of Bishop's    No Change in Response to this Objection
CAUSE                          Stortford cannot cope with any significant
                               increase in the Town's size. An ultimate        Additional houses are required in the District in order to comply with national,
Policy HSG1a                   population figure must be set beyond which       regional and Hertfordshire Structure Plan policy and in order to meet the
                               no planning application will be granted.        housing needs of a growing population, and as a result of falling household
                               The Plan should recognise a finite capacity     size, requiring smaller houses for smaller households.
                               for Bishop's Stortford. HSG1a para (e) should
                                be enlarged to read: 'the physical and         Bishop's Stortford is one of the main settlements in East Hertfordshire and is
                               environmental constraints on the                considered to be a sustainable location for development to be focused. The
                               development of land that causes the             key role of this Local Plan is to set out a planning policy framework that
                               population of Bishop's Stortford to exceed      ensures that this new development is well related to the existing town and
                               40,000'.                                        contributes in as positive a way as possible.

                                                                               The District Council will seek to ensure that additional appropriate investment
                                                                                is made to provide services to new and existing residents. Co-ordination and
                                                                               consultation takes place with service providers, although there is often a
                                                                               transition period before new facilities become available. New development
                                                                               should not involve unreasonable additional expenditure by the public sector,
                                                                               or a burden on the existing community. The new Implementation Chapter in
                                                                               this Plan sets out the District Council’s approach to securing contributions from
                                                                                developers towards new infrastructure.

                                                                               It is not agreed that the town has a finite capacity per se and it would be
                                                                               inappropriate to impose an upper limit on the population of the town. Growth
                                                                               need not necessarily cause harm to the town, providing appropriate
                                                                               infrastructure is in place and providing the growth proposals are well planned,
                                                                                relate well to Bishop's Stortford and are sustainable.

D2/01851/TR /001/O             No mention is made of a Park and Ride           No Change in Response to this Objection
CAUSE                          scheme for the west of Bishop's Stortford and
                                the policy should be amended to add:           PPG13: Transport states that Park and Ride proposals should be contained
Policy TR5                     TR5(d) A Park and Ride Scheme will be           within the Local Transport Plan. There are no proposals in Hertfordshire's
                               instituted to the western edge of Bishop's      Local Transport Plan (2001/02 - 2005/06) for Park & Ride facilities in East
                                                                               Hertfordshire and therefore it would be inappropriate to include a proposal,
                                                                               particularly at this late stage of plan preparation. This issue will form part of
                                                                               the ongoing masterplanning work for Bishop's Stortford.




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11. Bishop's Stortford
                                      Summary of Representations                        Council Response
D2/03799/TR /021/O                    There should be reference to Bishop's             No Change in Response to this Objection
HCC Passenger Transport Unit          Stortford and its importance as a local
                                      bus/rail interchange. There should be             Section 5.13 refers to the train stations in East Herts and expresses support for
Section 5.13                          reference to the proposals to provide new         improvements to interchange facilities at stations. It is not considered
                                      train services to/from Bishop's Stortford and     necessary to include more detail specifically on Bishop's Stortford in this
                                      Stratford via the Lea Valley route from           section. Chapter 11: Bishop's Stortford contains several references to the
                                      December 2005.                                    rail/bus interchange, particularly in relation to the improvements included as
                                                                                        part of the Goods Yard site redevelopment.

D2/01182/HSG/002/O                    Given the number of brownfield sites              No Change in Response to this Objection
Mr David Hodgen                       identified in the centre of Bishop's Stortford,
                                      and that the predicted need for airport           It is anticipated that due to the provision of further brownfield/previously
Paragraph 3.2.17b                     related housing has proved not to be              developed land, particularly in and adjacent to Bishop’s Stortford town centre,
                                      needed, ASRs 1 and 2 should not be                 that development of the Bishop’s Stortford North Areas of Special Restraint
                                      released for development. ASRs 1 and 2            (ASRs) will not be required in the Plan period to 2011. However, it is
                                      should not be allocated in the Plan and           considered important to retain reference to development of ASRs 1 & 2 in
                                      their status should be changed to Green           case allocated and windfall sites in Bishop's Stortford do not come forward, in
                                                                                        order to ensure the town's housing apportionment is met. It is not considered
                                                                                        appropriate to change these long-standing allocations and include them

D2/02054/HSG/004/O                    Object to the identification of ASR 1 and 2       No Change in Response to this Objection
Pegasus Planning Group on behalf of   as being allocated in the Local Plan for
Persimmon Homes (Essex) Limited       development to assist in meeting the              The District Council has considered the issue of the phasing of any potential
                                      Structure Plan dwelling requirement. The          development of the ASRs. ASRs 1 and 2 were selected for initial
Paragraph 3.2.17b                     Plan should acknowledge the role of all of        development on the basis of their proximity to the existing developments and
                                      the ASRs in meeting housing requirements          infrastructure of Bishop’s Park and St Michael’s Mead, including the Tesco
                                      in the Plan period.                               supermarket. Hadham Road was also deemed to be a more suitable feeder
                                                                                        road than Rye Street. ASRs 3, 4 and 5 are likely to be required to be
                                                                                        developed together to form a cohesive development.

                                                                                        Potential development to the north of Bishop’s Stortford is the subject of
                                                                                        ongoing consultants study work. This work will address the issue of the most
                                                                                        sustainable form and phasing of development. However for the purposes of
                                                                                        this Local Plan Review, and particularly given that ASRs 1 and 2 are only, in
                                                                                        effect, "reserve allocations" to be developed only if monitoring shows that the
                                                                                        Bishop’s Stortford apportionment of 756 dwellings, together with the 692
                                                                                        airport related dwellings are unable to be accommodated on other Bishop’s
                                                                                        Stortford Phases 1 and 2 allocated and windfall sites, Policy BIS3a will retain
                                                                                        reference to ASRs 1 and 2, and not all five ASRs as suggested.




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11. Bishop's Stortford
                               Summary of Representations                        Council Response
D2/01451/HSG/001/O             Bishop's Stortford's character and                No Change in Response to this Objection
Mr R T Spooner                 appearance cannot be maintained with any
                               further significant increase in the size of the   Additional houses are required in the District in order to comply with national,
Policy HSG1a                   town.                                              regional and Hertfordshire Structure Plan policy and in order to meet the
                                                                                 housing needs of a growing population, and as a result of falling household
                               The town's infrastructure will not be able to     size, requiring smaller houses for smaller households.
                               cope with increased population as it cannot
                               cope at present.                                  Bishop's Stortford is one of the main settlements in East Hertfordshire and is
                                                                                 considered to be a sustainable location for development to be focused. The
                               The Plan has to recognise that there is a         key role of this Local Plan is to set out a planning policy framework that
                               finite capacity for Bishop's Stortford.           ensures that this new development is well related to the existing town and
                                                                                 contributes in as positive a way as possible.
                               Need to ensure that the development of
                               land in Bishop's Stortford does not increase      The District Council will seek to ensure that additional appropriate investment
                               its population beyond 40,000.                      is made to provide services to new and existing residents. Co-ordination and
                                                                                 consultation takes place with service providers, although there is often a
                                                                                 transition period before new facilities become available. New development
                                                                                 should not involve unreasonable additional expenditure by the public sector,
                                                                                 or a burden on the existing community. The new Implementation Chapter in
                                                                                 this Plan sets out the District Council’s approach to securing contributions from
                                                                                  developers towards new infrastructure.

                                                                                 It is not agreed that the town has a finite capacity per se and it would be
                                                                                 inappropriate to impose an upper limit on the population of the town. Growth
                                                                                 need not necessarily cause harm to the town, providing appropriate
                                                                                 infrastructure is in place and providing the growth proposals are well planned,
                                                                                  relate well to Bishop's Stortford and are sustainable.




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11. Bishop's Stortford
                                          Summary of Representations                         Council Response
D2/03097/HSG/001/O                        The infrastructure is already stretched and        No Change in Response to this Objection
Mrs J A Spooner                           cannot cope with a significant increase in
                                          the town's population. The character of the        Additional houses are required in the District in order to comply with national,
Policy HSG1a                              town cannot be maintained with a large              regional and the Hertfordshire Structure Plan policy and in order to meet the
                                          increase in population. Town is already            housing needs of a growing population, and as a result of falling household
                                          feeling the effects of recent increases in         size, requiring smaller houses for smaller households.
                                          population. Ensure that development of
                                          land within Bishop's Stortford does not            Bishop's Stortford is one of the main settlements in East Hertfordshire and is
                                          increase the population above 40,000.              considered to be a sustainable location for development to be focused. The
                                          Should recognise that there is a finite            key role of this Local Plan is to set out a planning policy framework that
                                                                                             ensures that this new development is well related to the existing town and
                                                                                             contributes in as positive a way as possible.

                                                                                             The District Council will seek to ensure that additional appropriate investment
                                                                                              is made to provide services to new and existing residents. Co-ordination and
                                                                                             consultation takes place with service providers, although there is often a
                                                                                             transition period before new facilities become available. New development
                                                                                             should not involve unreasonable additional expenditure by the public sector,
                                                                                             or a burden on the existing community. The new Implementation Chapter in
                                                                                             this Plan sets out the District Council’s approach to securing contributions from
                                                                                              developers towards new infrastructure.

                                                                                             It is not agreed that the town has a finite capacity per se and it would be
                                                                                             inappropriate to impose an upper limit on the population of the town. Growth
                                                                                             need not necessarily cause harm to the town, providing appropriate
                                                                                             infrastructure is in place and providing the growth proposals are well planned,
                                                                                              relate well to Bishop's Stortford and are sustainable.

D2/03878/BIS/001/O                        This site should be removed from the Green         No Change in Response to this Objection
Blue Sky Planning Ltd. on behalf of Mr    Belt and allocated for residential
William N Avery                           development or as Reserve Housing Land.            This site has been assessed and compares unfavourably with those sites that
                                          The site is part brownfield, high-quality          have been taken forward as housing allocations, particularly in terms of its
Policy GBC2                               residential development would represent an         Green Belt status and its relationship with the main built up area in general
                                          improvement in visual terms, it is well            and specifically the town centre. It would be inappropriate to remove this site
Site 541: Thorley Motor Works and land    located in relation to the built up area, it is    from the Green Belt in isolation and there is no suitable alternative Green
to the rear of The Blue House, Bishop's
Stortford                                 on a main transport corridor, it relates well to   Belt boundary.
                                          existing and proposed facilities (policy           See also Summary of Appraisal of Potential Housing Sites in Bishop's
                                          BIS24), and would make a contribution to
                                          meeting longer term housing needs
                                          associated with Stansted Airport and the
                                          Regional Spatial Strategy.




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                                        Summary of Representations                       Council Response
D2/03785/TR /006/O                      The Council has endorsed the findings of         No Change in Response to this Objection
Woods Hardwick Planning Ltd on          the Ove Arup study in relation to park & ride
behalf of Bishop's Stortford Football   proposals to serve Bishop's Stortford, but the   Comments noted. PPG13: Transport states that Park and Ride proposals
Club                                    policy is silent on this specific provision.     should be contained within the Local Transport Plan. There are no proposals
                                        Policy TR17 (I) should be amended to refer       in Hertfordshire's Local Transport Plan (2001/02 - 2005/06) for Park & Ride
Policy TR17                             to park & ride schemes to serve Bishop's         facilities in East Hertfordshire and therefore it would be inappropriate to
                                        Stortford.                                       include a proposal, particularly at this late stage of plan preparation. This
                                                                                         issue will form part of the ongoing masterplanning work for Bishop's Stortford.

D2/03804/GBC/002/O                      The Green Belt boundary to the north of          No Change in Response to this Objection
Boyer Planning Limited on behalf of     Bishop's Stortford should follow the line of
The Fairfield Partnership               the A120 northern bypass between the             The broad extent of the ASRs and the Green Belt to the north of Bishop's
                                        A120/Hadham Road junction and the                Stortford was determined over 10 years ago and it would be inappropriate,
Section 4.5                             A120/Stansted Road junction. It is               particularly at this late stage of the Plan process, to reconsider these adopted
                                        inappropriate for the Local Plan to define       designations. This area of Green Belt is of particular strategic importance and
                                        areas of Green Belt land between the              it includes wildlife sites and areas of high quality landscape and recreational
                                        northern bypass and the town. Land to be         value. Masterplanning work is currently underway, which will examine the
                                        protected from development in this area will     whole area within the northern bypass. However this work has not yet
                                         be determined through local planning            concluded and it would be inappropriate, at this stage, to alter these
                                        studies and should be subject to other urban
                                         environment restraint policies.

D2/01152/GBC/001/O                      Concerned that there is no provision for         No Change in Response to this Objection
Miss Joyce Hammersley                   Green Belt along the whole course of the
                                        A120 north of Bishop's Stortford, and that if    Comments noted. There are areas of Green Belt within the Bishop's Stortford
Policy GBC2                             the ASR's are developed for housing, there       northern bypass, notably the land inside Dane O'Coys Road and also around
                                        will be buildings right up to an exceedingly     Hoggates Wood, adjacent to the A120. A key requirement of any
                                        (and increasingly) busy road.                    development here, although not anticipated to be required in this Plan
                                                                                         period, would be that appropriate planting and screening is required
                                                                                         alongside the A120, both for visual amenity purposes and to provide noise
                                                                                         insulation for the development. A substantial "buffer strip" is likely to be
                                                                                         required, the details of which will be established through the ongoing
                                                                                         masterplanning work for this part of Bishop's Stortford.

D2/03784/GBC/001/O                      Land to the east of the Woodside Industrial      No Change in Response to this Objection
Bidwells Property Consultants on        Estate in Bishop's Stortford should not be
behalf of Mr & Mrs Kingsbury            included in the Green Belt. The site no          It is not considered appropriate to remove this site from the Green Belt. The
                                        longer serves a Green Belt function; it is an    site has certain urban characteristics but much of this is due to unauthorised
Policy GBC2                             urban island contained by the Woodside           development, currently the subject of enforcement proceedings.
                                        Industrial Estate, the A120 and the A1250.
Site 509 & 510: Land east of Woodside   Delete site from the Green Belt and allocate
Industrial Estate & Land between A120
& A1250, Bishop's Stortford              as an Employment Area (see separate
                                        representation to Policy BIS14).



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11. Bishop's Stortford
                                          Summary of Representations                       Council Response
D2/03782/GBC/001/O                        Land at Whitehall College, Bishop's              No Change in Response to this Objection
Bidwells Property Consultants on          Stortford should not be included within the
behalf of Amicus The Union                Green Belt. The site is previously developed     It is not considered appropriate to remove this site from the Green Belt. Part
                                          and no longer serves a Green Belt function       of the site may be considered previously developed but the majority is not.
Policy GBC2                               due to the reallocation of adjoining sites for   Land within Dane O'Coys Road, including this site, serves an important open
                                          other uses. Delete site from the Green Belt      space function and Green Belt protection is considered appropriate and
Site 528: Land at Whitehall College,      and allocate for housing (see separate           essential. The relationship between this site and the adjacent ASRs will be
Bishop's Stortford
                                          representation).                                 considered in the context of the ongoing masterplanning work for this part of

D2/03785/GBC/001/O                        Land at Bishop's Stortford Woodside              No Change in Response to this Objection
Woods Hardwick Planning Ltd on            contained by Dunmow Road and the A120
behalf of Bishop's Stortford Football     is occupied by a range of development            While there are a range of uses present on this site, much of the activity is
Club                                      which has transformed its previous open          unauthorised in planning terms and is subject to ongoing enforcement
                                          character to one of part of the built up area    proceedings. It would be inappropriate to remove the site from the Green Belt
Policy GBC2                               of Bishop's Stortford. Paragraph 11.3.4           on the basis that such unauthorised uses have "transformed" the character of
                                          acknowledges that changes have rendered          the site. The reference to paragraph 11.3.4 is wholly misplaced. Land at
Site 572.1: Bishop's Stortford Football   other land no longer appropriate for             Heron Court was developed for housing many years ago but a draughting
Club, Dunmow Road, Bishop's Stortford     inclusion in the Green Belt. The same            error on the Proposals Map still included the site within the Green Belt. This
                                          principles apply here. Delete land at            error has now been acknowledged and corrected. None of these circumstances
                                                                                           apply with this site.

D2/01629/BIS/030/O                        There is a need for a "whole settlement          No Change in Response to this Objection
Andrew Martin Associates on behalf of     strategy" approach to current and future
Countryside Properties Ltd                development at Bishop's Stortford, as            Comments noted. The housing apportionment to Bishop's Stortford is being
                                          envisaged by the Structure Plan. This            met mainly through the provision of brownfield/previously developed land,
Chapter 11                                should set the long-term vision for the town     particularly in and adjacent to Bishop’s Stortford town centre. The
                                          and how development sites will contribute        development of these brownfield sites raises important issues, and these are
                                          towards this vision.                             being addressed through the site-specific policies in this Local Plan and
                                                                                           through the ongoing corporate activity of the Council.

                                                                                           It is anticipated that development of the Bishop’s Stortford North Areas of
                                                                                           Special Restraint (ASRs) will not be required in the Plan period to 2011. A
                                                                                           "Whole Settlement Strategy" or similar is likely to be appropriate, as and
                                                                                           when the ASRs are required. The relevant issues will be addressed through
                                                                                           the ongoing Masterplanning work for the town, including a multi-modal
                                                                                           transport study, and then through the Local Development Framework. It would
                                                                                            be inappropriate to begin work on a "Whole Settlement Strategy" at this
                                                                                           stage of Plan production.




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                                         Summary of Representations                       Council Response
D2/01629/BIS/031/O                       A new policy should be included in Chapter       No Change in Response to this Objection
Andrew Martin Associates on behalf of    11 encouraging a Park and Ride scheme in
Countryside Properties Ltd               Bishop's Stortford. Such a scheme would          Comments on the benefits of Park and Ride facilities noted. PPG13:
                                         help promote sustainable travel patterns and     Transport states that Park and Ride proposals should be contained within the
Chapter 11                                would be consistent with the Local              Local Transport Plan. There are no proposals in Hertfordshire's Local
                                         Transport Plan. The site should be located       Transport Plan (2001/02 - 2005/06) for Park & Ride facilities in East
                                         to the north of the town with direct access      Hertfordshire and therefore it would be inappropriate to include a proposal,
                                         from the A120, while the B1004 route could       particularly at this late stage of plan preparation. This issue will form part of
                                         become a major public transport corridor.        the ongoing masterplanning work for Bishop's Stortford.
                                         New policy text given.

D2/03799/BIS/033/O                       In the Bishop's Stortford chapter there are      No Change in Response to this Objection
HCC Passenger Transport Unit             sections dealing with pedestrians and
                                         cyclists but not passenger transport. There      Within Policy BIS14, and particularly Policy BIS15, there are references to
Chapter 11                               needs to be a specific policy on passenger       passenger transport and its relationship with the town centre redevelopment.
                                         transport, particularly as there are proposals   Policy TR17 addresses passenger transport at a District Level. A specific policy
                                         to redevelop large areas of land within the      on passenger transport use in Bishop's Stortford is not considered necessary.
                                         town centre.

D2/03809/BIS/036/O                       An objection is submitted to the failure to      No Change in Response to this Objection
Wood Frampton on behalf of Bovis         allocate the Reserve Secondary School site
Homes Ltd & Wimpey Homes UK Ltd          on Hadham Road for a Park and Ride site.         Comments on the benefits of Park and Ride facilities noted. PPG13:
                                         The siting of a Park and Ride on this            Transport states that Park and Ride proposals should be contained within the
Chapter 11                               approach to Bishop's Stortford would provide     Local Transport Plan. There are no proposals in Hertfordshire's Local
                                         an effective measure to reduce the amount        Transport Plan (2001/02 - 2005/06) for Park & Ride facilities in East
Site 164.1: Reserve Secondary School     of traffic entering the town. It is envisaged    Hertfordshire and therefore it would be inappropriate to include a proposal,
site, Hadham Road, Bishop's Stortford
                                         that not all the site would be required for      particularly at this late stage of plan preparation. This issue will form part of
                                         Park and Ride.                                   the ongoing masterplanning work for Bishop's Stortford.

D2/03804/BIS/016/O                       This site is well related to the defined urban   No Change in Response to this Objection
Boyer Planning Limited on behalf of      edge, with the railway line to the east and
The Fairfield Partnership                low density housing to the south. The site       The current Green Belt boundary properly reflects the main areas of built
                                         should be omitted from the Green Belt and        development in this area. Removal of this site from the Green Belt would
Chapter 11                               allocated for housing and/or built leisure       lead to further pressure for removal of sites to the south fronting London Road
                                         and/or garden centre purposes.                   and would lead to a general encroachment onto the existing Green Belt. This
Site 189: Land to east of London Road,
Bishop's Stortford                                                                         site has been assessed and compares unfavourably with those sites that have
                                                                                          been taken forward as housing allocations, particularly in terms of the
                                                                                          substantial encroachment into the Green Belt required and its relative
                                                                                          distance from the town centre.




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                                        Summary of Representations                      Council Response
D2/03790/BIS/007/O                      Objections are made to the continued            No Change in Response to this Objection
J B Planning Associates Ltd on behalf   identification of Bishop's Stortford Bowling
of Countryside Properties (London &     Club as an area subject to Policy LRC1. A       The Policy LRC1 and accompanying designations reflect existing uses of land
Thames Gateway)                         resolution to grant planning permission was      for leisure, recreation or open space purposes. The Hockerill Bowls Club
                                        made in February 2004, thereby satisfying       remains in use as such and should therefore be allocated and considered
Chapter 11                              criterion a1 of Policy LRC1. The Section        under Policy LRC1.
                                        106 Agreement for the replacement facility
Site 447: Bowling Green, Hockerill      is close to being sealed. Further work on the
Street, Bishop's Stortford              alternative facility cannot progress until
                                        planning permission has been granted for
                                        development of the existing site. Such
                                        redevelopment received officer support in
                                        July 2004. The LRC designation should be
                                        removed from this site.

D2/03804/BIS/011/O                      A new policy is required to allocate a          No Change in Response to this Objection
Boyer Planning Limited on behalf of     strategic area bounded by Hadham
The Fairfield Partnership               Road/Cricketfield Lane, Hazelend Road and       The broad extent of the ASRs and the Green Belt to the north of Bishop's
                                         the north-west bypass. This area should be     Stortford was determined over 10 years ago and it would be inappropriate,
Chapter 11                              removed from the Green Belt. Local studies      particularly at this late stage of the Plan process, to reconsider these adopted
                                        should determine what land requires             designations. This area of Green Belt is of particular strategic importance and
Site 563: Land bounded by Hadham        protection from development, the mix of         it includes wildlife sites and areas of high quality landscape and recreational
Road/Cricketfield Lane, Hazelend Road
and the north-west bypass               uses and the optimal development capacity.      value. Masterplanning work is currently underway, which will examine the
                                                                                        whole area within the northern bypass. However this work has not yet
                                                                                        concluded and it would be inappropriate, at this stage, to alter these

D2/01629/BIS/032/O                      The second half of objective 8 is illogical     No Change in Response to this Objection
Andrew Martin Associates on behalf of   having regard to the wider strategic
Countryside Properties Ltd              development requirements for the district.      Not agreed. The sequential approach set out in PPG3 indicates that
                                        The objective may contradict the sequential     brownfield sites should usually come forward in advance of greenfield sites.
Paragraph 11.1.4                         approach by allowing small-scale urban         While long-term strategic reserve sites exist, it is the Council's clear strategy, in
                                        extensions to come forward before more          Policy HSG1, to utilise brownfield, previously developed land in the first
                                        sustainable sites. The presumption against
                                        development of the ASRs is inappropriate.
                                        Suggested replacement text given.

D2/01647/BIS/065/O                      Aim D should be expanded to include             No Change in Response to this Objection
Environment Agency                      "areas of nature conservation interest".
                                                                                        Not agreed. Aim D sets out a strategic objective of the provisions of this
Paragraph 11.1.4                                                                        Chapter. The protection of nature conservation interests is a key part of the
                                                                                        Local Plan approach and Chapter 8 deals with this issue. However it does not
                                                                                        need to be repeated in each chapter. The Local Plan must be read as a
                                                                                        whole rather than isolated policies.



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D2/01647/BIS/066/O                    In Objective 5 the word "suitable" should be     No Change in Response to this Objection
Environment Agency                    added before "derelict, underused or vacant
                                      land".                                           Not agreed. This does not need to be stated. Policy SD20 refers to nature
Paragraph 11.1.4                                                                       conservation and sustainable development and paragraph 2.9.1 specifically
                                                                                       highlights the importance of brownfield sites for nature conservation. Sites
                                                                                       covered by Objective 5 would be assessed for their "suitability" before a
                                                                                       Development Brief is drawn up.
D2/01647/BIS/067/O                    Objective 10 should refer to enhancing the       Text to be Amended
Environment Agency                    quality of the River Stort for nature
                                      conservation purposes, as well as being          Objective 10 has been reworded to refer to enhancing the River Stort more
Paragraph 11.1.4                      concerned with aesthetics.                       generally, without implying that such enhancement will be purely visual.


D2/02054/BIS/009/O                    Objective 8 states a restriction on greenfield   No Change in Response to this Objection
Pegasus Planning Group on behalf of   development. There is every likelihood that
Persimmon Homes (Essex) Limited       within the Plan period to 2011, the ASRs         It is anticipated that due to the provision of further brownfield/previously
                                      will be required for development purposes in     developed land, particularly in and adjacent to Bishop’s Stortford town centre,
Paragraph 11.1.4                       light of changes to Regional Planning            that development of the Bishop’s Stortford North Areas of Special Restraint
                                      Guidance. This should be acknowledged in         (ASRs) will not be required in the Plan period to 2011.
                                      the Plan and according provision made in
                                      terms of allowing sufficient flexibility and     The emerging East of England Plan - Draft Regional Spatial Strategy -
                                      responsiveness so that the requirements of       December 2004, only completed public consultation in March 2005. It is
                                      RPG do not necessitate an immediate              subject to the due processes of public examination, modification and final
                                      review of the Plan. The words "(including        adoption, anticipated in late 2006. The Draft East of England Plan -
                                      long-term strategic reserve sites, i.e. the      December 2004 acknowledges at paragraph 4.7 that:
                                      ASRs)" should be deleted from objective 8.
                                                                                       "Draft RSS strategy therefore is to continue the existing RSS strategy in the
                                                                                       first 5-10 years in recognition of local development plans now being
                                                                                       completed. Thereafter the strategy will gradually change."

D2/01566/BIS/017/S                    The Town Council welcome the will to             Support Noted and Welcomed
Bishop's Stortford Town Council       enhance the attractiveness of the River Stort
                                       and to encourage its use for pleasure and       Comments regarding the "canyon effect" noted. Under the terms of Policy
Paragraph 11.1.4                      transport. A clear and definitive policy is      BIS14, all development on the town centre sites must respect and take in to
                                      sought to stop the current trend of              account the amenity potential of the river. Policies ENV1a and 3 also require
                                      development close to the river boundaries        high quality design and a strong relationship between new development and
                                      creating a canyon effect. Any development        its surroundings. Tall buildings are not precluded adjacent to the river but
                                      bordering the river must incorporate             would need to be sensitively designed.
                                      landscaping features that enhance the river's
                                       environs.




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D2/01635/BIS/006/S                       We welcome objective 10. We also consider         Support Noted and Welcomed
British Waterways                        there is an opportunity to extend the
                                         navigable stretch of the River Stort              No change is made to the Plan but comments noted.
Paragraph 11.1.4                         northwards into the park to create a turning
                                         area (winding hole). This would create an
                                         attractive destination for a trip boat, provide
                                         a focal point for park users and tourists and
                                         add vitality to the area.

D2/01917/BIS/004/O                       Paragraph 11.2.1 on page 225 should be            No Change in Response to this Objection
Thames Water Property Services           expanded to specifically mention utilities
                                         infrastructure and to make the point that this    It is not considered appropriate to go in to detail on what kind of infrastructure
Paragraph 11.2.1                         needs to be provided in advance of the             provision is required, and its timing, at this point in the Plan. Utilities
                                         dwellings being occupied.                         infrastructure will be required before dwellings are occupied. This issue will
                                                                                           be explored further through the ongoing Masterplanning work for this part of
                                                                                           Bishop's Stortford. Reference to infrastructure in paragraph 18.2.3 has been
                                                                                           expanded in response to representation no. D2/01917/BIS/001/O.
D2/03210/BIS/017/O                       This section should be upfront and provide        No Change in Response to this Objection
Old Road Securities PLC                  information on the East of England's plan
                                         that land at Bishop's Stortford North is a        The emerging East of England Plan - Draft Regional Spatial Strategy -
Section 11.3                             strategic allocation which can help in the        December 2004, only completed public consultation in March 2005. It is
                                         Government's objective of a step change in        subject to the due processes of public examination, modification and final
Site 160,167,176,188 & 192: ASR's 1,     the provision of housing, also pursuant to        adoption, anticipated in late 2006. It is referred to in the Introduction Chapter
2, 3, 4, & 5, Bishops Stortford North    the Sustainable Communities Plan.                  as an influence on the District but, given its draft status, no allocation is
                                         Paragraph 11.3.2 should be up to date in          made in this Local Plan Review for the proposed housing provision.
                                         respect of this regional/national overview.       Paragraph 11.3.2, which indicates that the ASRs are unlikely to be required in
                                                                                           this Plan period, remains as written.

D2/03804/BIS/014/O                       This site should be removed from the Green        No Change in Response to this Objection
Boyer Planning Limited on behalf of      Belt because a commitment to development
The Fairfield Partnership                on this land has been established by an           Planning permission for a garden centre was allowed on appeal in 1988 but
                                         appeal decision allowing a garden centre,         this permission lapsed in 1993. This appeal was granted under exceptional
Section 11.3                             and a more recent council decision allowing       circumstances on the basis that there were few alternative sites available and
                                         the provision of an indoor bowling club.          that the use was of a semi-open nature.
Site 189: Land to east of London Road,   Both these uses are incompatible with             Although there was a resolution in 2002 to grant planning permission for an
Bishop's Stortford
                                         Green Belt status and justify exclusion from      indoor bowling centre, planning permission was never granted and the
                                         the Green Belt.                                   application has now been withdrawn. Once again, this application was
                                                                                           approved on the basis that there were no other suitable sites available and
                                                                                           the extent of land-take was limited. Particular concern was paid at the time of
                                                                                           this application to ensure that this development did not stimulate further
                                                                                           development interest in land to the south of the application site.




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D2/03804/BIS/015/O                       This site should be removed from the Green       No Change in Response to this Objection
Boyer Planning Limited on behalf of      Belt in order to meet the requirements of
The Fairfield Partnership                draft RSS14. Although Bishop's Stortford         The emerging East of England Plan - Draft Regional Spatial Strategy -
                                         North is proposed as a strategic allocation,     December 2004, only completed public consultation in March 2005. It is
Section 11.3                             smaller sites can also assist in increasing      subject to the due processes of public examination, modification and final
                                         housing delivery and provide additional          adoption, anticipated in late 2006. The Draft East of England Plan -
Site 189: Land to east of London Road,   range and choice.                                December 2004 acknowledges at paragraph 4.7 that:
Bishop's Stortford

                                                                                          "Draft RSS strategy therefore is to continue the existing RSS strategy in the
                                                                                          first 5-10 years in recognition of local development plans now being
                                                                                          completed. Thereafter the strategy will gradually change."

D2/02026/BIS/001/O                       Countryside Properties (Southern) Ltd            Support Noted and Welcomed
Countryside Properties (Southern) Ltd.   support the inclusion of land at Whitehall
                                         Lane within the urban area of Bishop's
Section 11.3                             Stortford.
Site 520.1: Formerly part of ASR 3,
Bishop's Stortford North
D2/03877/BIS/001/O                       This site should be removed from the Green       No Change in Response to this Objection
Marks Heeley & Brothwell Ltd             Belt. A development strip has been
                                         established historically for most of the 20th    The Council acknowledge the contribution of the business as a local
Section 11.3                             Century. MHB Ltd is an expanding business        employer and the recent growth of the business. However Green Belt
                                         and has recently secured a major PFI Health      boundaries must endure for a period of time and should only be altered in
Site 575: Land alongside Cannons Mill     Care project. The business is also a            exceptional circumstances. The Council must therefore take a long-term view
Lane, west of railway line, Bishop's     significant local employer, an active            of the future of this area.
Stortford                                contributor to Business Link and works with      The site is part of a swathe of Green Belt running alongside the River Stort
                                         local school initiatives. An extension to the    from the north of the town right into the centre. It broadly corresponds with the
                                         existing buildings is required and the Green      Flood Plain of the river and, in landscape terms, it is different to the urban
                                         Belt status of the land restricts such growth.   landscapes either side. While there may historically have been buildings
                                                                                          along this strip of land, it is considered that to remove this area from the
                                                                                          Green Belt would weaken the integrity of the Green Belt designation and
                                                                                          lead to a further fragmentation of the more or less continuous landscape of
                                                                                          the Stort Valley.
D2/03880/BIS/001/O                       The Green Belt boundary should be                No Change in Response to this Objection
Mr R Dromard                             amended to exclude this site to the east of
                                         the River Stort, bounded by Pig Lane to the      This site is within the Green Belt that surrounds Bishop's Stortford. Among the
Section 11.3                             south and a stream to the north. This area       purposes of the Green Belt, as set out in PPG2: Green Belts, is to check the
                                         should either become part of the town or an      unrestricted sprawl of large built-up areas; to prevent neighbouring towns from
Site 576: Land bounded by Pig Lane       independent hamlet.                              merging into one another; and to assist in safeguarding the countryside from
and stream, Bishop's Stortford
                                                                                          encroachment. The removal of this area from the Green Belt would be
                                                                                          prejudicial to these three aims.
                                                                                          Furthermore, it would be inappropriate to remove this area from the Green
                                                                                          Belt in isolation and there is no suitable alternative Green Belt boundary.

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D2/03809/BIS/039/O                      An objection is submitted to the wording of     No Change in Response to this Objection
Wood Frampton on behalf of Bovis        paragraph 11.3.2 in the failure to be
Homes Ltd & Wimpey Homes UK Ltd         transparent as to the proposals for the major   The emerging East of England Plan - Draft Regional Spatial Strategy -
                                        development at Bishop's Stortford in            December 2004, only completed public consultation in March 2005. It is
Paragraph 11.3.2                        response to the Sustainable Communities         subject to the due processes of public examination, modification and final
                                        Plan and the emerging East of England           adoption, anticipated in late 2006. It is referred to in the Introduction Chapter
Site 160,167,176,188 & 192: ASR's 1,    Plan. The paragraph should be amended to         as an influence on the District but, given its draft status, no allocation is
2, 3, 4, & 5, Bishops Stortford North
                                         recognise that development at Bishop's         made in this Local Plan Review for the proposed housing provision.
                                        Stortford North is required to meet growth      Paragraph 11.3.2, which indicates that the ASRs are unlikely to be required in
                                        requirements.                                   this Plan period, remains as written.

D2/01629/BIS/033/O                      The last sentence of Paragraph 11.3.2           No Change in Response to this Objection
Andrew Martin Associates on behalf of   should be deleted as the ASRs will be
Countryside Properties Ltd              required for development. There is a need       Comments noted. The housing apportionment to Bishop's Stortford is being
                                        for a "whole settlement strategy" approach      met mainly through the provision of brownfield/previously developed land,
Paragraph 11.3.2                        to current and future development at            particularly in and adjacent to Bishop’s Stortford town centre. The
                                        Bishop's Stortford, as envisaged by the         development of these brownfield sites raises important issues, and these are
Site 160,167,176,188 & 192: ASR's 1,    Structure Plan. This should set the long-term   being addressed through the site-specific policies in this Local Plan and
2, 3, 4, & 5, Bishops Stortford North
                                         vision for the town and how development        through the ongoing corporate activity of the Council.
                                        sites will contribute towards this vision.
                                                                                        It is anticipated that development of the Bishop’s Stortford North Areas of
                                                                                        Special Restraint (ASRs) will not be required in the Plan period to 2011. A
                                                                                        "Whole Settlement Strategy" or similar is likely to be appropriate, as and
                                                                                        when the ASRs are required. The relevant issues will be addressed through
                                                                                        the ongoing Masterplanning work for the town, including a multi-modal
                                                                                        transport study, and then through the Local Development Framework. It would
                                                                                         be inappropriate to begin work on a "Whole Settlement Strategy" at this
                                                                                        stage of Plan production.

D2/01566/BIS/018/S                      The Town Council welcomes the inclusion         Text to be Amended
Bishop's Stortford Town Council         of the land to the north and south of
                                        Cannons Mill Lane as an area that should        Comments noted. It has always been the intention that this area of land is
Paragraph 11.3.2                        be kept permanently open and                    included within the Green Belt to reflect the provisions relating to land to the
                                        undeveloped, but is concerned that there        west of the railway line. To clarify the Plan additional text has been included
Site 522: Land north & south of         does not appear to be a proposal to             at paragraph 11.3.3.
Cannons Mill Lane, Bishop's Stortford   designate this area as part of the
                                        Metropolitan Green Belt in a manner similar
                                        to the land on the other side of the railway
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D2/03864/BIS/001/S                      I support the designation of this site as         Support Noted and Welcomed
Mr Jim Poole                            Green Belt and open space. The area
                                        supports a wide variety of wildlife and forms
Paragraph 11.3.3                        part of the flood plain of the River Stort. The
                                         area should be protected from future
Site 522: Land north & south of
Cannons Mill Lane, Bishop's Stortford
D2/02433/BIS/004/O                      Strong objection is raised to the proposal in     No Change in Response to this Objection
Prospect Planning on behalf of          paragraph 11.3.3 to include this site within
Trundles Ltd                            the Green Belt. PPG2 requires exceptional         The provisions of PPG2 are acknowledged. Green Belt boundaries may be
                                        circmustances to justify the inclusion of land    altered exceptionally. In this case, the reason for the alteration is that the
Paragraph 11.3.3                        within a Green Belt. None are included in         land relates far more closely, in terms of character and land-use, to the land
                                        the written statement and none exist. The         on the west side of the railway, rather than the built-up area to the east. This
Site 564: Land north of Cannons Mill    paragraph and the designation should be           is set out in paragraph 11.3.3.
Lane and west of Aynsworth Avenue,
Bishop's Stortford                      deleted.
D2/02433/BIS/005/O                      Strong objection is raised to the proposal in     No Change in Response to this Objection
Prospect Planning on behalf of          paragraph 11.3.3 to include this site within
Trundles Ltd                            the Green Belt. The Local Plan Working            The report to the Local Plan Working Party did not consider the merits of
                                        Party considered this issue in June 2000 and      whether this site should be included in the Green Belt or not but rather only
Paragraph 11.3.3                         decided not to include this site in the Green    considered the advice in PPG2 against boundary alterations. This advice is
                                         Belt. There has been no material change          based on Local Authorities wanting to exclude land from the Green Belt and
Site 564: Land north of Cannons Mill    since then. The paragraph and the                 allow development, rather than include land. While there has been no
Lane and west of Aynsworth Avenue,
Bishop's Stortford                      designation should be deleted.                    material change since June 2000, Members have given further consideration
                                                                                          to this issue and have recommended that the land be included in the Green

D2/02433/BIS/006/O                      Strong objection is raised to the proposal in     No Change in Response to this Objection
Prospect Planning on behalf of          paragraph 11.3.3 to include this site within
Trundles Ltd                            the Green Belt. PPG2 requires changes to          Both the Structure Plan and PPG2 refer to amendments to the Green Belt in
                                        the Green Belt to come forward only in the        terms of exclusions rather than additions. This does not preclude additions but
Paragraph 11.3.3                        context of changes to the Structure Plan.          rather reflects the fact that the majority of occasions when minor Green Belt
                                        The Structure Plan makes no case for              boundary amendments are proposed they refer to exclusions. The advice in
Site 564: Land north of Cannons Mill    including land within the Green Belt. The         the Structure Plan and PPG2 is not considered to preclude a minor addition
Lane and west of Aynsworth Avenue,
Bishop's Stortford                      paragraph and the designation should be           to the Green Belt where this would clearly lead to a more appropriate
D2/02433/BIS/007/O                      Strong objection is raised to the proposal to     No Change in Response to this Objection
Prospect Planning on behalf of          designate this site under Policy LRC1. There
Trundles Ltd                             has never been any form of public access to      Planning Policy Guidance Note 17 (Planning for Open Space, Sport and
                                         this land and it is kept permanently secured     Recreation) acknowledges that there are various functions of open space
Paragraph 11.3.3                        from Aynsworth Avenue. It has never been          including visual amenity: even without public access, people enjoy having
                                        used for any form of sport or recreational        open space near to them to provide an outlook, variety in the urban scene
Site 564: Land north of Cannons Mill    facility. The designation is unjustified and      and as a positive element in the landscape. Accordingly it is agreed that this
Lane and west of Aynsworth Avenue,
Bishop's Stortford                      illogical and should be deleted.                  site should be identified under Policy LRC1.
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D2/02433/BIS/008/O                        Policy LRC1 offers encouragement to the          No Change in Response to this Objection
Prospect Planning on behalf of            provision of additional sport, recreation and
Trundles Ltd                              open space facilities. However, Green Belt       There is no conflict between the designation under Policy LRC1 and Green
                                          policy imposes restrictions on development.      Belt status, as reflected in the large areas in Bishop's Stortford that are subject
Paragraph 11.3.3                          There could be a conflict in having these        to both designations. Any facilities proposed as part of Policy LRC1 will also
                                          two designations on the same site.               need to meet Green Belt requirements.
Site 564: Land north of Cannons Mill
Lane and west of Aynsworth Avenue,
Bishop's Stortford
D2/02433/BIS/009/O                        Strong objection is raised to the proposal in    No Change in Response to this Objection
Prospect Planning on behalf of            paragraph 11.3.3 to include this site within
Trundles Ltd                              the Green Belt. The boundary now proposed        The railway line is the appropriate boundary for much of this part of the
                                           is illogical. The railway line is a permanent   Green Belt because it coincides with the edge of the built-up area. However
Paragraph 11.3.3                          and robust boundary. The paragraph and           there are two main areas where these two do not coincide. One occasion is
                                          the designation should be deleted.               land behind Dolphin Way, which is designated Green Belt. The other is land
Site 564: Land north of Cannons Mill
Lane and west of Aynsworth Avenue,                                                         around Cannons Mill Lane, which is proposed to be Green Belt through this
Bishop's Stortford                                                                         Local Plan Review. This site is considered to be an integral part of the river
                                                                                           landscape and is therefore proposed for inclusion.

D2/02433/BIS/010/O                        Strong objection is raised to the proposal in    No Change in Response to this Objection
Prospect Planning on behalf of            paragraph 11.3.3 to include this site within
Trundles Ltd                              the Green Belt. Any attempt to designate         The emerging East of England Plan - Draft Regional Spatial Strategy -
                                          additional Green Belt areas in line with the     December 2004, only completed public consultation in March 2005. It is
Paragraph 11.3.3                          draft East of England Plan is premature and      subject to the due processes of public examination, modification and final
                                          inappropriate. The paragraph and the             adoption, anticipated in late 2006. It is therefore inappropriate to base this
Site 564: Land north of Cannons Mill      designation should be deleted.                   Local Plan on the emerging East of England Plan. The provisions of
Lane and west of Aynsworth Avenue,
Bishop's Stortford                                                                         paragraph 11.3.3 place no reliance on such regional guidance.
D2/03869/BIS/001/O                        Strong objection is raised to the proposal in    No Change in Response to this Objection
Prospect Planning on behalf of Hartlan    paragraph 11.3.3 to include this site within
Ltd.                                      the Green Belt. PPG2 requires exceptional        The provisions of PPG2 are acknowledged. Green Belt boundaries may be
                                          circumstances to justify the inclusion of land   altered exceptionally. In this case, the reason for the alteration is that the
Paragraph 11.3.3                          with a Green Belt. None are included in the      land relates far more closely, in terms of character and land-use, to the land
                                          written statement and none exist. The            on the west side of the railway, rather than the built-up area to the east. This
Site 569: Land north of Cannons Mill      paragraph and the designation should be          is set out in paragraph 11.3.3.
Lane and east of railway line, Bishop's
Stortford                                 deleted.




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D2/03869/BIS/002/O                        Strong objection is raised to the proposal in    No Change in Response to this Objection
Prospect Planning on behalf of Hartlan    paragraph 11.3.3 to include this site within
Ltd.                                      the Green Belt. The Local Plan Working           The report to the Local Plan Working Party did not consider the merits of
                                          Party considered this issue in June 2000 and     whether this site should be included in the Green Belt or not but rather only
Paragraph 11.3.3                           decided not to include this site in the Green   considered the advice in PPG2 against boundary alterations. This advice is
                                           Belt. There has been no material change         based on Local Authorities wanting to exclude land from the Green Belt and
Site 569: Land north of Cannons Mill      since then. The paragraph and the                allow development, rather than include land. While there has been no
Lane and east of railway line, Bishop's
Stortford                                 designation should be deleted.                   material change since June 2000, Members have given further consideration
                                                                                           to this issue and have recommended that the land be included in the Green

D2/03869/BIS/003/O                        Strong objection is raised to the proposal in    No Change in Response to this Objection
Prospect Planning on behalf of Hartlan    paragraph 11.3.3 to include this site within
Ltd.                                      the Green Belt. PPG2 requires changes to         Both the Structure Plan and PPG2 refer to amendments to the Green Belt in
                                          the Green Belt to come forward only in the       terms of exclusions rather than additions. This does not preclude additions but
Paragraph 11.3.3                          context of changes to the Structure Plan.         rather reflects the fact that the majority of occasions when minor Green Belt
                                          The Structure Plan makes no case for             boundary amendments are proposed they refer to exclusions. The advice in
Site 569: Land north of Cannons Mill      including land within the Green Belt. The        the Structure Plan and PPG2 is not considered to preclude a minor addition
Lane and east of railway line, Bishop's
Stortford                                 paragraph and the designation should be          to the Green Belt where this would clearly lead to a more appropriate
D2/03869/BIS/004/O                        Strong objection is raised to the proposal to    No Change in Response to this Objection
Prospect Planning on behalf of Hartlan    designate this site under Policy LRC1. There
Ltd.                                       has never been any form of public access to     Planning Policy Guidance Note 17 (Planning for Open Space, Sport and
                                           this land and it is kept permanently secured    Recreation) acknowledges that there are various functions of open space
Paragraph 11.3.3                          from Aynsworth Avenue. It has never been         including visual amenity: even without public access, people enjoy having
                                          used for any form of sport or recreational       open space near to them to provide an outlook, variety in the urban scene
Site 569: Land north of Cannons Mill      facility. The designation is unjustified and     and as a positive element in the landscape. Accordingly it is agreed that this
Lane and east of railway line, Bishop's
Stortford                                 illogical and should be deleted.                 site should be identified under Policy LRC1.
D2/03869/BIS/005/O                        Policy LRC1 offers encouragement to the          No Change in Response to this Objection
Prospect Planning on behalf of Hartlan    provision of additional sport, recreation and
Ltd.                                      open space facilities. However, Green Belt       There is no conflict between the designation under Policy LRC1 and Green
                                          policy imposes restrictions on development.      Belt status, as reflected in the large areas in Bishop's Stortford that are subject
Paragraph 11.3.3                          There could be a conflict in having these        to both designations. Any facilities proposed as part of Policy LRC1 will also
                                          two designations on the same site.               need to meet Green Belt requirements.
Site 569: Land north of Cannons Mill
Lane and east of railway line, Bishop's
Stortford




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D2/03869/BIS/006/O                        Strong objection is raised to the proposal in     No Change in Response to this Objection
Prospect Planning on behalf of Hartlan    paragraph 11.3.3 to include this site within
Ltd.                                      the Green Belt. The boundary now proposed         The railway line is the appropriate boundary for much of this part of the
                                           is illogical. The railway line is a permanent    Green Belt because it coincides with the edge of the built-up area. However
Paragraph 11.3.3                          and robust boundary. The paragraph and            there are two main areas where these two do not coincide. One occasion is
                                          the designation should be deleted.                land behind Dolphin Way, which is designated Green Belt. The other is land
Site 569: Land north of Cannons Mill
Lane and east of railway line, Bishop's                                                     around Cannons Mill Lane, which is proposed to be Green Belt through this
Stortford                                                                                   Local Plan Review. This site is considered to be an integral part of the river
                                                                                            landscape and is therefore proposed for inclusion.

D2/03833/BIS/001/O                        The land is not of sufficient merit to be         No Change in Response to this Objection
Paul Wallace Commercial on behalf of      included in the Green Belt. It does not
Network Housing Group                     provide any benefit to the Green Belt and is      Paragraph 11.3.3 sets out how this land relates far more closely, in terms of
                                          waste land. This land could provide a much        character and land-use, to the land on the west of the railway line, rather than
Paragraph 11.3.3                          needed site for affordable housing in the          the built-up area to the east. It is therefore appropriate to be included within
                                          town. The paragraph should be deleted.            the Green Belt. There are other sites within the town that are more suitable
Site 570.1: Land north and south of
Cannons Mill Lane (including river and                                                      for affordable housing than this site, which is within the Flood Plain.
railway line), Bishop's Stortford                                                           See also Summary of Appraisal of Potential Housing Sites in Bishop's
D2/03865/BIS/001/O                        This site does not relate more to the land        No Change in Response to this Objection
HIQ Ltd.                                  west of the railway. The railway is clearly the
                                          defensible Green Belt boundary as the             Not agreed. In this location the railway line does not coincide with the edge
Paragraph 11.3.3                          embankment is raised and prevents views           of the built up area or the appropriate edge of the Green Belt. This site is an
                                          across it. The land is not public open space      integral part of the river landscape, regardless of the railway embankment.
Site 570.2: Land north and south of       and is not accessible by the public, and          Planning Policy Guidance Note 17 (Planning for Open Space, Sport and
Cannons Mill Lane (including river and    does not contribute to the Green Belt             Recreation) acknowledges that there are various functions of open space
railway line), Bishop's Stortford         environment, being scrub land with no             including visual amenity: even without public access, people enjoy having
                                          visual or environmental merit. The                open space near to them to provide an outlook, variety in the urban scene
                                          paragraph should be deleted.                      and as a positive element in the landscape. Accordingly it is agreed that this
                                                                                            site should be identified under Policy LRC1 and as Green Belt.




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                                        Summary of Representations                          Council Response
D2/01182/BIS/003/O                      This is an inappropriate site for a new school      No Change in Response to this Objection
Mr David Hodgen                          being right on the edge of the town. The
                                        scale of loss of greenfield is unjustified and      There is calculated to be a shortfall in secondary education provision in
Paragraph 11.3.5                        unnecessary, and disproportionate to the            Bishop's Stortford over the coming years. To help meet this projected shortfall
                                        relatively small number of extra school              the two foundation schools are proposing to relocate to the proposed new
Site 571: Land at Whittington Way,      places to be created. The existing secondary        site. The two current sites do not allow development of the schools to meet
Bishop's Stortford                       school sites in the town should be retained        current needs, irrespective of any growth proposed in and around Bishop's
                                        and the proposal deleted.                           Stortford in the Plan period to 2011. A survey was commissioned by the
                                                                                            schools to consider all possible alternative locations. The Hadham Road site
                                                                                            was identified but was found to be too small. There were no other suitable
                                                                                            sites found in or around Bishop's Stortford.

                                                                                            The Council acknowledge that the new site is in the Green Belt. However, in
                                                                                            view of the predicted shortfall in secondary school places, and the lack of
                                                                                            alternative sites, it was considered necessary to take proactive action for the
                                                                                            long-term health of the town.

D2/01629/BIS/067/O                      This site meets the requirements of PPG3 in         No Change in Response to this Objection
Andrew Martin Associates on behalf of    terms of its ability to build communities, to
Countryside Properties Ltd              support new physical and social                     Insufficient information and justification is available, in terms of
                                        infrastructure and to provide demand to             demonstrating exceptional circumstances, to warrant the release of further
Paragraph 11.3.5                        sustain appropriate local services and              land at site 574 from the Green Belt for mixed use development as part of the
                                        facilities. The site will result in the provision    development/funding proposals for the new schools site.
Site 574: Land south of new school      of a mix of housing, public transport
site, bounded by Thorley Lane, A1184
and London Road, Bishop's Stortford     improvements, public open space,
                                        landscaping, and could accommodate a
                                        park and ride facility with bus services. Such
                                        development will involve substantial lead
                                        time and therefore certainty is needed now
                                        to ensure the proper planning of
                                        development.
D2/03210/BIS/018/O                      An objection is made to the text of this            No Change in Response to this Objection
Old Road Securities PLC                 section and Policy BIS1a as it does not
                                        reflect the current planning permission             The Sustainable Communities Plan made no specific reference to Bishop's
Section 11.4                            pursuant to the Sustainable Communities             Stortford and the emerging East of England Plan - Draft Regional Spatial
                                        Plan and draft RSS14 i.e. that Bishop's             Strategy - December 2004, only completed public consultation in March
Site 160,167,176,188 & 192: ASR's 1,    Stortford North has been identified as an           2005. It is subject to the due processes of public examination, modification
2, 3, 4, & 5, Bishops Stortford North   appropriate and sustainable greenfield              and final adoption, anticipated in late 2006. As and when the Regional
                                        urban extension. Policy BIS1a should                Spatial Strategy is adopted, appropriate provision will be made. It is
                                        acknowledge that the development of this            important, however, that such provision is made through the Local
                                        land conforms with these planning policies          Development Framework, rather than through more informal masterplanning
                                        and that the land may be developed via a
                                        satisfactory master plan rather than through
                                        a review of the Development Plan. The
                                        current Local Plan text and policy is
                                        misleading in this respect.
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                                      Summary of Representations                     Council Response
D2/01566/BIS/019/S                    The Town Council regrets that the              Support Noted and Welcomed
Bishop's Stortford Town Council       opportunity has not been taken to
                                      redesignate the Special Countryside Area as    Comments noted. The Special Countryside Area (SCA) designation is
Paragraph 11.4.1                       Metropolitan Green Belt. The Town             considered to appropriately reflect the Council's desire to retain this area as
                                      Council supports the District Council in       undeveloped land, yet acknowledging the long-standing strategic allocation
Site 342: Special Countryside Area,   attaching great importance to the retention    of the area within the northern bypass.
Bishop's Stortford                    of this land as open space.

D2/01657/BIS/010/O                    If ASR3 is redesignated as Green Belt (see     No Change in Response to this Objection
Bishop's Stortford Civic Society      objection to para 3.2.17) this policy would
                                      become redundant. If ASR3 is not               It is not considered appropriate to include either the ASRs or the Special
Policy BIS1a                          redesignated as Green Belt, this part of it    Countryside Area (SCA) at Bishop’s Stortford within the Green Belt, as they
                                      should be.                                     have, for some time, been part of a wider area for longer-term strategic
Site 342: Special Countryside Area,
Bishop's Stortford                                                                   development needs and may be required for development in the future.
                                                                                     However, it is also the Council’s longstanding position that the SCA should
                                                                                     remain open countryside for the foreseeable future. No strategic need has
                                                                                     been established for development within this Plan period. While it is not
                                                                                     considered appropriate to delete these long-standing allocations, Policies
                                                                                     HSG1 and BIS3 aim to ensure that such areas are only developed if there is
                                                                                     an under-supply of housing land from brownfield sites within the town.

D2/03809/BIS/042/O                    An objection is submitted to Policy BIS1a in   No Change in Response to this Objection
Wood Frampton on behalf of Bovis       the failure to be transparent and recognise
Homes Ltd & Wimpey Homes UK Ltd       that the SCA may be required to meet           The revisions to Policy BIS1a do reflect the changing planning circumstances
                                      development needs pursuant to the              around Bishop's Stortford but also that no strategic need has been
Policy BIS1a                          Sustainable Communities Plan and the           established for the development of the SCA in this Plan period. The
                                      emerging East of England Plan. The policy      emerging East of England Plan - Draft Regional Spatial Strategy - December
Site 342: Special Countryside Area,   should acknowledge that the land may be        2004, only completed public consultation in March 2005. It is subject to the
Bishop's Stortford
                                      released pursuant to provisions of a Master    due processes of public examination, modification and final adoption,
                                      Plan rather than awaiting a review of the      anticipated in late 2006. As and when the Regional Spatial Strategy is
                                      Development Plan.                              adopted, appropriate provision will be made. It is important, however, that
                                                                                     such provision is made through the Local Development Framework, rather
                                                                                     than through more informal masterplanning processes.




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D2/01666/BIS/009/O                    This is a total about turn by EHDC with no        No Change in Response to this Objection
CPRE - The Hertfordshire Society      explanation whatsoever as to why this site
                                      was being designated as Green Belt but has        This issue was considered in detail at the Local Plan Executive Panel in April
Policy BIS1a                          now reverted to Special Countryside status.        2004. The conclusion reached at this meeting reinforced the Council’s
                                      At the very least the Council should outline      longstanding position that this land should remain open countryside for the
Site 342: Special Countryside Area,   its reasons for this decision, if only to allay   foreseeable future, until a strategic need is established. Nevertheless, in view
Bishop's Stortford                    concerns that the land may be considered as       of the fact that this site has, for some time, been part of a wider area for
                                       a strategic land bank to meet the                longer-term strategic development needs, and also of the impending changes
                                      consequences of future airport expansion.          to the planning context in the M11 Corridor and around Bishop’s Stortford,
                                                                                        the view expressed in 2000 that this area would not be required for
                                                                                        development in the foreseeable future, appeared increasingly untenable in
                                                                                        view of this emerging regional planning strategy. In the interests of the
                                                                                        credibility and integrity of the principle of Green Belt permanence, it was
                                                                                        considered that the Special Countryside Area designation was the most
                                                                                        appropriate way forward for this area.

D2/01961/BIS/037/O                    PPS7 encourages the use of general                No Change in Response to this Objection
GO-East (Govt Office E. England)      countryside policies to be applied to control
                                      inappropriate development in the                  Comments noted. The Special Countryside Area (SCA) designation has been
Policy BIS1a                          countryside rather than including local           carried forward from the Adopted Local Plan. It deals with the fact that the
                                      designation in a Local Plan. It is unclear        Council’s longstanding position has been that this land should remain open
Site 342: Special Countryside Area,   whether Policy GBC2 would apply, as it is         countryside for the foreseeable future and that no strategic need has been
Bishop's Stortford                    not clear that this land is in the Green Belt.    established for development within this Plan period. However it also
                                      This should be clarified. Policy should be        acknowledges that this site has, for some time, been part of a wider area for
                                                                                        longer-term strategic development needs and may be required for
                                                                                        development in the future. As shown on the amendments to the Proposals
                                                                                        Map, the land is not within the Green Belt but until a strategic need is
                                                                                        established, Green Belt principles will continue to apply.

D2/01182/BIS/004/O                    The Special Countryside Areas should be           No Change in Response to this Objection
Mr David Hodgen                       given greater protection from development.
                                      Revert to Policy BIS1 in previous draft.          It is not considered appropriate to include the Special Countryside Area (SCA)
Policy BIS1a                                                                             within the Green Belt, as it has, for some time, been part of a wider area for
Site 342: Special Countryside Area,                                                     longer-term strategic development needs and may be required for
Bishop's Stortford                                                                      development in the future. However, it is also the Council’s longstanding
                                                                                        position that the SCA should remain open countryside for the foreseeable
                                                                                        future. No strategic need has been established for development within this
                                                                                        Plan period. While it is not considered appropriate to delete this
                                                                                        long-standing allocation, Policies HSG1 and BIS3 aim to ensure that such
                                                                                        areas are only developed if there is an under-supply of housing land from




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D2/03567/BIS/001/O                      We support the fact that this land is no            No Change in Response to this Objection
J B Planning Associates Ltd on behalf   longer proposed for Green Belt status.
of Kier Land Ltd                        However the policy does not go far enough.          Support noted. In the Adopted Local Plan 1993, the District Council did not
                                        There is no justification as to why this land is    designate this area as Green Belt (as proposed in the 1990 Deposit Local
Policy BIS1a                             SCA and other land is ASR. The policy              Plan) or as an ASR (as recommended by the Local Plan Inspector) but instead
                                        conflicts with preliminary masterplanning           introduced the new designation of a SCA as no strategic need had been
Site 342: Special Countryside Area,     work commissioned by East Herts in October          established for the development of the area. The ongoing consultants study
Bishop's Stortford
                                        2004. The policy should be deleted.                 work into the masterplanning of any future development of this area is
                                                                                            examining the area as a whole aside from existing ASR or SCA designations.
                                                                                            This work is as yet unfinished and it would be inappropriate to alter the
                                                                                            content of longstanding local planning policy on this basis. In any event, it is
                                                                                            anticipated that due to the provision of further brownfield/previously
                                                                                            developed land, particularly in and adjacent to Bishop’s Stortford town centre,
                                                                                             that development of the Bishop’s Stortford North Areas of Special Restraint
                                                                                            (ASRs) and the SCA will not be required in the Plan period to 2011.

D2/01112/BIS/001/O                      I object to the designation of the land as          No Change in Response to this Objection
Mr Bernard Hughes                       Special Countryside Area, as per my
                                        objection to the first deposit (December            This site forms part of the existing Special Countryside Area (SCA) designated
Policy BIS1a                            2000). The land should be designated as              in the adopted Local Plan. The previous proposal to include this area within
                                        part of an area for selective housing               the Green Belt has now been deleted and the site will revert to the existing
Site 487: Land at A120/Farnham Road,
Bishop's Stortford                                                                          SCA designation.

                                                                                            However this particular site (site 487) is not considered appropriate for
                                                                                            development in isolation from the remaining SCA, and must therefore be part
                                                                                             of a comprehensive development scheme. No development, other than that
                                                                                            acceptable in the Green Belt, will be permitted here or elsewhere on the SCA
                                                                                             unless and until a strategic need is established to the contrary and this Plan
                                                                                            is reviewed or altered accordingly.

D2/01629/BIS/068/O                      This site meets the requirements of PPG3 in         No Change in Response to this Objection
Andrew Martin Associates on behalf of    terms of its ability to build communities, to
Countryside Properties Ltd              support new physical and social                     Insufficient information and justification is available, in terms of
                                        infrastructure and to provide demand to             demonstrating exceptional circumstances, to warrant the release of further
Section 11.5                            sustain appropriate local services and              land at site 574 from the Green Belt for mixed use development as part of the
                                        facilities. The site will result in the provision    development/funding proposals for the new schools site.
Site 574: Land south of new school      of a mix of housing, public transport
site, bounded by Thorley Lane, A1184
and London Road, Bishop's Stortford     improvements, public open space,
                                        landscaping, and could accommodate a
                                        park and ride facility with bus services. Such
                                        development will involve substantial lead
                                        time and therefore certainty is needed now
                                        to ensure the proper planning of
                                        development.
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D2/01629/BIS/034/O                      There is a need for a "whole settlement         No Change in Response to this Objection
Andrew Martin Associates on behalf of   strategy" approach to current and future
Countryside Properties Ltd              development at Bishop's Stortford, as           Comments noted. The housing apportionment to Bishop's Stortford is being
                                        envisaged by the Structure Plan. This           met mainly through the provision of brownfield/previously developed land,
Paragraph 11.5.1                        should set the long-term vision for the town    particularly in and adjacent to Bishop’s Stortford town centre. The
                                        and how development sites will contribute       development of these brownfield sites raises important issues, and these are
                                        towards this vision.                            being addressed through the site-specific policies in this Local Plan and
                                                                                        through the ongoing corporate activity of the Council.

                                                                                        It is anticipated that development of the Bishop’s Stortford North Areas of
                                                                                        Special Restraint (ASRs) will not be required in the Plan period to 2011. A
                                                                                        "Whole Settlement Strategy" or similar is likely to be appropriate, as and
                                                                                        when the ASRs are required. The relevant issues will be addressed through
                                                                                        the ongoing Masterplanning work for the town, including a multi-modal
                                                                                        transport study, and then through the Local Development Framework. It would
                                                                                         be inappropriate to begin work on a "Whole Settlement Strategy" at this
                                                                                        stage of Plan production.

D2/01629/BIS/094/O                      There is a need for a "whole settlement         No Change in Response to this Objection
Andrew Martin Associates on behalf of   strategy" approach to current and future
Countryside Properties Ltd              development at Bishop's Stortford, as           Comments noted. The housing apportionment to Bishop's Stortford is being
                                        envisaged by the Structure Plan. This           met mainly through the provision of brownfield/previously developed land,
Paragraph 11.5.2                        should set the long-term vision for the town    particularly in and adjacent to Bishop’s Stortford town centre. The
                                        and how development sites will contribute       development of these brownfield sites raises important issues, and these are
                                        towards this vision.                            being addressed through the site-specific policies in this Local Plan and
                                                                                        through the ongoing corporate activity of the Council.

                                                                                        It is anticipated that development of the Bishop’s Stortford North Areas of
                                                                                        Special Restraint (ASRs) will not be required in the Plan period to 2011. A
                                                                                        "Whole Settlement Strategy" or similar is likely to be appropriate, as and
                                                                                        when the ASRs are required. The relevant issues will be addressed through
                                                                                        the ongoing Masterplanning work for the town, including a multi-modal
                                                                                        transport study, and then through the Local Development Framework. It would
                                                                                         be inappropriate to begin work on a "Whole Settlement Strategy" at this
                                                                                        stage of Plan production.

D2/01566/BIS/020/S                      The Town Council supports the aim to            No Change in Response to this Objection
Bishop's Stortford Town Council         accommodate as many dwellings as
                                        possible on brownfield sites, but expresses     Comments noted. The revised dwelling figures used in this policy reflect
Paragraph 11.5.2                        concern at the revisions in the anticipated     government advice on maximising brownfield development potential in order
                                        number of dwellings on certain sites e.g.       to limit greenfield land-take and to help create sustainable patterns of
                                        Hospital Site, Goods Yard site,                 development.
                                        Riverside/Adderley Road etc. There exists a
                                        very strong potential for over development
                                        within this very restricted area of the town.

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D2/01629/BIS/035/O                      There is a concern that the sites identified      No Change in Response to this Objection
Andrew Martin Associates on behalf of   will not come forward within the Plan period
Countryside Properties Ltd              as not all of the sites are appropriate. These    Not accepted. Planning permission has been granted for most of the sites
                                        allocations should be deleted. The Mill           mentioned in Policy BIS2. The Mill Site is one site where no permission
Policy BIS2                             Site is an example where there are no plans       currently exists. However, a Development Brief is currently being produced for
                                        for closure of this existing use. There can be    the site. Although the Mill currently has no plans for closure, this does not
                                        no certainty that the site will come forward.     prevent the remainder of the site coming forward within the Plan period. The
                                                                                          Goods Yard has an approved Development Brief and the Council is in
                                                                                          pre-application discussions with a developer on the provisions of a scheme.
                                                                                          The provision in Policy BIS2 is considered robust and justifiable.

D2/01961/BIS/019/O                      We acknowledge 3.2.1a recognises national         No Change in Response to this Objection
GO-East (Govt Office E. England)        policy on density, however, there is no clear
                                        statement of what housing densities will be       Para 3.2.3a states that the Council supports PPG3 densities of between 30
Policy BIS2                             pursued by the authority or what densities        and 50 dwellings per hectare (dph) net. It is, therefore, implicit that all the
                                        have been applied when calculating site           densities applied to Local Plan housing allocations meet this level.
                                        capacity in site allocations policies.
                                        Accordingly, the allocations tables in each       Bearing in mind the nature of the District, the Local Plan generally has used
                                        of the geographically based chapters should       the 30dph net figure as an estimate for sites, except for example where further
                                         be amended to include site area and               detailed study, in the form of Development Briefs has demonstrated that
                                        density applied in establishing the indicated     higher densities can be achieved. This is often on mixed use town centre
                                         capacity/yields of housing.                      sites, where there can be difficulties in determining net densities, where the
                                                                                          balance of mixed uses is not known/determined.

                                                                                          The inclusion of site areas and densities for each allocation is considered to
                                                                                          be too greater detail for a Local Plan, when seeking succinct and focussed
                                                                                          text and policies. Such information can more easily be included and
                                                                                          updated, as part of residential land availability monitoring.

D2/03528/BIS/003/O                      Secondary education in Bishop's Stortford is      No Change in Response to this Objection
Prospect Planning on behalf of Mr       a matter of ongoing debate and it remains
Julian Reading                          very uncertain whether a major new                Under Policy BIS9 (IIIa), this site will only be released for development if
                                        secondary school facility will be provided to     sufficient additional secondary school capacity is provided elsewhere. This
Policy BIS2                             the south of the town (Policy BIS24). It is       site, while not adjacent to the town centre, is better located than other
                                        therefore premature to allocate the Reserve       potential alternative sites of this size and is within the built envelope of the
Site 164: Reserve Secondary School      Secondary School site for housing until the
Site, Hadham Road, Bishop's Stortford
                                        issue has been resolved. The Council's
                                        Sustainability Appraisal comments that this
                                        site is "not terribly well located for the town
                                        centre". Allocation should be deleted.




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                                        Summary of Representations                         Council Response
D2/03809/BIS/043/O                      An objection is submitted to the allocation        No Change in Response to this Objection
Wood Frampton on behalf of Bovis        of the Reserve Secondary School site for
Homes Ltd & Wimpey Homes UK Ltd         250 dwellings. The overall public interest         PPG13: Transport states that Park and Ride proposals should be contained
                                        lies with the site being a mixed use site,         within the Local Transport Plan. There are no proposals in Hertfordshire's
Policy BIS2                             comprising a park and ride site to serve the       Local Transport Plan (2001/02 - 2005/06) for Park & Ride facilities in East
                                        west of the town. The remainder of the site        Hertfordshire and therefore it would be inappropriate to include a proposal,
Site 164.1: Reserve Secondary School    may be used for other community purposes.          particularly at this late stage of plan preparation. This issue will form part of
site, Hadham Road, Bishop's Stortford
                                                                                           the ongoing masterplanning work for Bishop's Stortford.

                                                                                           The site on Hadham Road is allocated for housing on the basis that it is
                                                                                           within the built envelope of the town and does not extend into open
                                                                                           countryside. It is therefore retained for residential development in Phase 2 of
                                                                                           the Plan period. The phased release of housing sites as set out in amended
                                                                                           policy HSG1 aims to ensure that greenfield sites will only come forward if the
                                                                                           number of brownfield sites that come forward within the Plan period would
                                                                                           lead to an undersupply of land for housing.

D2/03210/BIS/019/O                      An objection is made to the allocation of          No Change in Response to this Objection
Old Road Securities PLC                 this site for 250 dwellings. If the site is not
                                        suitable for a secondary school it should          PPG13: Transport states that Park and Ride proposals should be contained
Policy BIS2                             primarily be used for a park and ride site,        within the Local Transport Plan. There are no proposals in Hertfordshire's
                                        with the remainded used for housing. The           Local Transport Plan (2001/02 - 2005/06) for Park & Ride facilities in East
Site 164.1: Reserve Secondary School    number of dwellings proposed would need            Hertfordshire and therefore it would be inappropriate to include a proposal,
site, Hadham Road, Bishop's Stortford   to be reduced.                                     particularly at this late stage of plan preparation. This issue will form part of
                                                                                           the ongoing masterplanning work for Bishop's Stortford.

                                                                                           The site on Hadham Road is allocated for housing on the basis that it is
                                                                                           within the built envelope of the town and does not extend into open
                                                                                           countryside. It is therefore retained for residential development in Phase 2 of
                                                                                           the Plan period. The phased release of housing sites as set out in amended
                                                                                           policy HSG1 aims to ensure that greenfield sites will only come forward if the
                                                                                           number of brownfield sites that come forward within the Plan period would
                                                                                           lead to an undersupply of land for housing.

D2/01657/BIS/011/O                      The Reserve Secondary School site is not           No Change in Response to this Objection
Bishop's Stortford Civic Society        needed for Bishop's Stortford to achieve its
                                        housing allocation, since the Riverside site       Based on the Housing Provision Strategy, as outlined in Chapter 3: Housing,
Policy BIS2                             already has permission for more dwellings          Bishop's Stortford needs to make provision for 1,448 dwellings between 1999
                                        than the number included in the Plan. The          and 2011. The Riverside site has been granted outline planning permission
Site 164.2: Reserve Secondary School    residential allocation should be deleted and       based on an indicative scheme including 150 dwellings. It would be
site, Hadham Road, Bishop's Stortford    the site should be retained for education         inappropriate at this stage to include a higher estimated figure for this site.
                                        purposes or, failing that, a park and ride site.   The provision, without the Reserve Secondary School site, would amount to
                                                                                           1,379. This site is therefore required. However the site is allocated in Phase II
                                                                                           in recognition of its greenfield status.

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D2/01964/BIS/015/O                      Detailed technical studies have indicated        No Change in Response to this Objection
Vincent & Gorbing on behalf of HCC      that providing residential development
Corporate Services Dept                 above a retained car park would not be           It is acknowledged that the detailed technical studies undertaken proved that
                                        viable. In light of the additional parking       providing residential development above a retained car park would be
Policy BIS2                             facilities proposed as part of the town centre   difficult, if not necessarily unviable.
                                        redevelopment, the retention of this site for    The parking situation in Bishop's Stortford will be in a state of flux over the
Site 179: Apton Road Car Park,          parking is considered to be an inefficient use   next few years while the major redevelopment schemes are built out. It would
Bishop's Stortford
                                         of this highly sustainable,                     therefore be inappropriate to make a decision at this stage, particularly given
                                        previously-developed site. The site is           the late stage of the Plan process, over whether this car park is required in the
                                        considered suitable for high-density             longer-term. The Local Authority may consider the long-term future of this site
                                        development. Delete reference to retention        through the Local Development Framework, in relation to the overall parking
                                        of public car park.                              strategy for the town. However, until such time it is considered necessary to
                                                                                         retain the car park as proposed.

D2/03528/BIS/004/O                      Concern is expressed at the increase in          No Change in Response to this Objection
Prospect Planning on behalf of Mr       density of this site from 200 to 700. The
Julian Reading                          supporting text fails to explain how such an     The increase in anticipated dwelling numbers on this site is based on the
                                        increase is to be achieved or the                approved Development Brief for the Goods Yard site, which was based on
Policy BIS2                             implications for the town centre. The            densities of around 140 dwellings per hectare. Considerable areas of the site
                                        emphasis on providing small units across the     will not be available for residential development so this density has not be
Site 190: Goods Yard Site, London        whole site will place enormous strain on        applied across the whole site. Planning permission has been granted for 208
Road, Bishop's Stortford
                                        existing services and increase traffic           dwellings on the John Dyde part of the site, and this scheme is currently under
                                        congestion. The Council's Sustainability          construction. The figure of 700 dwellings for the whole site is considered
                                        Appraisal draws attention to the need for        appropriate. Given the sustainability credentials of this site it is considered
                                        congestion issues to be addressed but Policy     that development here would cause less congestion and strain on services
                                         BIS15 fails to do this. There will also be      than development on other suggested sites across the town.
                                        disturbance to the town centre. Proposed
                                        densities in the town centre should be
                                        revisited and development should be
                                        phased.
D2/03790/BIS/008/O                      This site should be allocated for                No Change in Response to this Objection
J B Planning Associates Ltd on behalf   development. It is partly previously
of Countryside Properties (London &     developed, is sustainably located and would      Sufficient allocations have been made to satisfy the apportionment to
Thames Gateway)                          score highly on any assessment of sites in      Bishop's Stortford of 756, together with the 692 airport-related dwellings,
                                        accordance with Policy HSG1a. The site           without including this site. The Planning Inspectorate is currently in receipt of
Policy BIS2                             should either be allocated in phase 1 or be      an appeal following the refusal of planning permission for the redevelopment
                                        treated as a windfall site.                      of this site for residential purposes. In view of the current position, and the
Site 447: Bowling Green, Hockerill
Street, Bishop's Stortford                                                               fact that it is not needed to meet the town's dwelling figure, it is not
                                                                                         considered appropriate to allocate this site at this stage of the Plan process.
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                                        Summary of Representations                      Council Response
D2/03782/BIS/005/O                      Land at Whitehall College is not recognised     No Change in Response to this Objection
Bidwells Property Consultants on        in the Plan as a brownfield housing
behalf of Amicus The Union              allocation. The site is appropriate and         This site has been assessed and compares unfavourably with those sites that
                                        available for residential development within    have been taken forward as housing allocations, particularly in terms of the
Policy BIS2                              the curtilage of buildings and for             substantial encroachment into the Green Belt required, its relationship with
                                        appropriate public open space/community         the built up area of Bishop's Stortford and the potential impact on the Wildlife
Site 528: Land at Whitehall College,    benefit on its southern parcel.                  Site. The provision of a small area for public open space is not considered to
Bishop's Stortford
                                                                                         constitute the exceptional circumstance required by PPG2: Green Belts. This
                                                                                        site will be considered in the context of the ongoing masterplanning work for
                                                                                        this part of the town.
                                                                                        See also Summary of Appraisal of Potential Housing Sites in Bishop's

D2/03804/BIS/010/O                      In order to reflect the provisions of RSS14,    No Change in Response to this Objection
Boyer Planning Limited on behalf of     Policy BIS2 should be amended to include
The Fairfield Partnership               Bishop's Stortford North as a strategic         It is anticipated that due to the provision of further brownfield/previously
                                        housing allocation for at least 2,000           developed land, particularly in and adjacent to Bishop’s Stortford town centre,
Policy BIS2                             dwellings without phasing restriction.           that development of the Bishop’s Stortford North Areas of Special Restraint
                                        Accompanying text should state the need to      (ASRs) will not be required in the Plan period to 2011.
Site 563: Land bounded by Hadham        optimize the housing capacity of the area,
Road/Cricketfield Lane, Hazelend Road
and the north-west bypass               the final capacity being established by local   The emerging East of England Plan - Draft Regional Spatial Strategy -
                                                                                        December 2004, only completed public consultation in March 2005. It is
                                                                                        subject to the due processes of public examination, modification and final
                                                                                        adoption, anticipated in late 2006. The Draft East of England Plan -
                                                                                        December 2004 acknowledges at paragraph 4.7 that:

                                                                                        "Draft RSS strategy therefore is to continue the existing RSS strategy in the
                                                                                        first 5-10 years in recognition of local development plans now being
                                                                                        completed. Thereafter the strategy will gradually change."

                                                                                        As and when the Regional Spatial Strategy is adopted, appropriate provision
                                                                                        will be made. It is important, however, that such provision is made through
                                                                                        the Local Development Framework, rather than through more informal
                                                                                        masterplanning processes.




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                                          Summary of Representations                        Council Response
D2/03785/BIS/010/O                        Land at Woodside is well placed as a              No Change in Response to this Objection
Woods Hardwick Planning Ltd on            potential housing site. It is highly accessible
behalf of Bishop's Stortford Football     by public transport. The Local Plan fails to      This site has been assessed and compares unfavourably with those sites that
Club                                      make sufficient housing provision in relation     have been taken forward as housing allocations, particularly in terms of the
                                          to emerging RSS14. Further land will be           encroachment into the Green Belt required and the site's relationship with the
Policy BIS2                               required. This site is well located to            built-up area of Bishop's Stortford generally and specifically the town centre.
                                          Stansted Airport and represents an
Site 572.1: Bishop's Stortford Football   alternative to safeguarded land ASR1 &            See also Summary of Appraisal of Potential Housing Sites in Bishop's
Club, Dunmow Road, Bishop's Stortford
                                                                                            Stortford.

                                                                                            The emerging East of England Plan - Draft Regional Spatial Strategy -
                                                                                            December 2004, only completed public consultation in March 2005. It is
                                                                                            subject to the due processes of public examination, modification and final
                                                                                            adoption, anticipated in late 2006. The Draft East of England Plan -
                                                                                            December 2004 acknowledges at paragraph 4.7 that:

                                                                                            "Draft RSS strategy therefore is to continue the existing RSS strategy in the
                                                                                            first 5-10 years in recognition of local development plans now being
D2/01657/BIS/012/O                        There is no need in this plan period to           No Change in Response to this Objection
Bishop's Stortford Civic Society          provide 692 airport related houses in
                                          Bishop's Stortford. If that number is required    The residual 692 Stansted Airport related dwellings are an integral part of the
Paragraph 11.5.4                          for local housing purposes it should be            East Herts housing provision requirement to 2011, which in accordance with
                                          distributed throughout the district. Retaining    previous Government decisions, Hertfordshire Structure Plans and East Herts
                                          it to Bishop's Stortford will lead to an over     Local Plans, are to be built at Bishop’s Stortford, for which provision will need
                                          allocation to the town.                           to be made by 2011. It would not be sustainable or appropriate to distribute
                                                                                            these dwellings across the District.

                                                                                            Stansted Airport now has permission to expand to 25 mppa and employment
                                                                                            is anticipated to reach 16,000 by 2011. The need for additional dwellings as
                                                                                            part of this expansion has been considered and it has been concluded that
                                                                                            existing numbers of dwellings already allocated in adopted and emerging
                                                                                            local plans would be sufficient. The residual 692 dwellings were included in
                                                                                            the calculations. Despite acknowledged staff efficiencies currently operating
                                                                                            at the airport, these airport-related dwellings are still considered to be
                                                                                            required to accommodate airport employment growth, as the airport expands.

D2/01630/BIS/006/S                        The Goods Yard site is a highly sustainable       Support Noted and Welcomed
Hepher Dixon Ltd on behalf of Network     brownfield site with the potential to make a
Rail Infrastructure Ltd.                  significant contribution to meeting the
                                          housing needs of Bishop's Stortford in the
Paragraph 11.5.5                          short term.
Site 190: Goods Yard Site, London
Road, Bishop's Stortford


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                                              Summary of Representations                      Council Response
D2/03210/BIS/021/O                            The Council, with ODPM funding, is carrying     No Change in Response to this Objection
Old Road Securities PLC                        out a masterplanning exercise of the ASRs.
                                              The Local Plan is misleading in this respect.   It is anticipated that due to the provision of further brownfield/previously
Section 11.6                                   There is no planning reason why the land       developed land, particularly in and adjacent to Bishop’s Stortford town centre,
                                              should not be promoted by positive               that development of the Bishop’s Stortford North Areas of Special Restraint
Site 160 & 167: ASR 1 & ASR2,                 planning allocation and not held back. The      (ASRs) will not be required in the Plan period to 2011. This approach accords
Bishop's Stortford North                      result is confusion and a failure to provide     with the sequential approach set out in PPG3: Housing. The 692
                                              the 692 dwellings will lead to an under         airport-related dwellings will therefore be provided on other allocated sites.
                                              provision of housing. The tie between
                                              brownfield phase 1 & 2 sites should be
                                              released and the development of the site
                                              unfettered. The purpose and wording of the
                                              policy should be enabling and positive.

D2/03210/BIS/020/O                            An objection is made to the whole of this       No Change in Response to this Objection
Old Road Securities PLC                       section and it should be re-written to take
                                              into account and make transparent the           The emerging East of England Plan - Draft Regional Spatial Strategy -
Section 11.6                                  policies and proposals of the Sustainable       December 2004, only completed public consultation in March 2005. It is
                                              Communities Plan and the emerging East of       subject to the due processes of public examination, modification and final
Site 160,167,176,188 & 192: ASR's 1,           England Plan.                                  adoption, anticipated in late 2006. The Draft East of England Plan -
2, 3, 4, & 5, Bishops Stortford North
                                                                                              December 2004 acknowledges at paragraph 4.7 that:

                                                                                              "Draft RSS strategy therefore is to continue the existing RSS strategy in the
                                                                                              first 5-10 years in recognition of local development plans now being
                                                                                              completed. Thereafter the strategy will gradually change."

D2/02656/HSG/001/O                            The plan suggested by Roger Evans (Draft        No Change in Response to this Objection
Coke Consulting on behalf of Bridmick         Masterplan 2004) for development within
Property Trading Co Ltd                       the A120 bypass is seriously flawed. Reasons    It is anticipated that due to the provision of further brownfield/previously
                                               given.                                         developed land, particularly in and adjacent to Bishop’s Stortford town centre,
Section 3.2                            11.6                                                    that development of the Bishop’s Stortford North Areas of Special Restraint
Site 183: (part) Special Countryside                                                          (ASRs) will not be required in the Plan period to 2011. The masterplanning
Area, Bishop's Stortford                                                                      work for this part of Bishop's Stortford currently underway is therefore not part
                                                                                              of this Local Plan Review.




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                               Summary of Representations                       Council Response
D2/01258/BIS/002/O             The 692 houses are the remainder of a            No Change in Response to this Objection
Mr Gary Victor Aldam           requirement for 2,500 houses to be built in
                               Bishop's Stortford as housing provision for a    The residual 692 Stansted Airport related dwellings are an integral part of the
Paragraph 11.6.9               predicted 22,800 workers at Stansted Airport      East Herts housing provision requirement to 2011, which in accordance with
                               at 15mppa. As this can be shown to have          previous Government decisions, Hertfordshire Structure Plans and East Herts
                               been a gross overestimate, and considerably      Local Plans, are to be built at Bishop’s Stortford, for which provision will need
                                exceeds even the number of workers now for      to be made by 2011.
                                25mppa, a more than adequate number of
                               houses have already been built in Stortford      Stansted Airport now has permission to expand to 25 mppa and employment
                               for airport workers, and it is dishonest to      is anticipated to reach 16,000 by 2011. The need for additional dwellings as
                               retain the 692 in the plan as specifically       part of this expansion has been considered and it has been concluded that
                               airport related. The earlier allocation of       existing numbers of dwellings already allocated in adopted and emerging
                               2,500 houses to Stortford was specifically for   local plans would be sufficient. The residual 692 dwellings were included in
                                the airport's development up to 15mppa          the calculations. Despite acknowledged staff efficiencies currently operating
                               and no mandate was given for reserving           at the airport, these airport-related dwellings are still considered to be
                               land for housing development beyond that         required to accommodate airport employment growth, as the airport expands.
                               point. All references to the 692 airport
                               related dwellings should be deleted.

D2/03327/BIS/002/O             The 692 houses are the remainder of a            No Change in Response to this Objection
Mrs Angela Aldam               requirement for 2,500 houses to be built in
                               Bishop's Stortford as housing provision for a    The residual 692 Stansted Airport related dwellings are an integral part of the
Paragraph 11.6.9               predicted 22,800 workers at Stansted Airport      East Herts housing provision requirement to 2011, which in accordance with
                               at 15mppa. As this can be shown to have          previous Government decisions, Hertfordshire Structure Plans and East Herts
                               been a gross overestimate, and considerably      Local Plans, are to be built at Bishop’s Stortford, for which provision will need
                                exceeds even the number of workers now for      to be made by 2011.
                                25mppa, a more than adequate number of
                               houses have already been built in Stortford      Stansted Airport now has permission to expand to 25 mppa and employment
                               for airport workers, and it is dishonest to      is anticipated to reach 16,000 by 2011. The need for additional dwellings as
                               retain the 692 in the plan as specifically       part of this expansion has been considered and it has been concluded that
                               airport related. The earlier allocation of       existing numbers of dwellings already allocated in adopted and emerging
                               2,500 houses to Stortford was specifically for   local plans would be sufficient. The residual 692 dwellings were included in
                                the airport's development up to 15mppa          the calculations. Despite acknowledged staff efficiencies currently operating
                               and no mandate was given for reserving           at the airport, these airport-related dwellings are still considered to be
                               land for housing development beyond that         required to accommodate airport employment growth, as the airport expands.
                               point. All references to the 692 airport
                               related dwellings should be deleted.




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                               Summary of Representations                        Council Response
D2/03348/BIS/002/O             The justification for classifying 692 houses      No Change in Response to this Objection
Mr Jeffrey Barnes              as airport related ignores the fact that those
                               employed at Stansted airport are primarily        The residual 692 Stansted Airport related dwellings are an integral part of the
Paragraph 11.6.9               from the general Lee Valley catchment.             East Herts housing provision requirement to 2011, which in accordance with
                               General style and habits suggest that such        previous Government decisions, Hertfordshire Structure Plans and East Herts
                               employees are travelling to work at the           Local Plans, are to be built at Bishop’s Stortford, for which provision will need
                               airport via the Lee Valley rail link is           to be made by 2011.
                               environmentally more desirable than adding
                                up to 1400 daily car journeys to and from        Stansted Airport now has permission to expand to 25 mppa and employment
                               Stortford.                                        is anticipated to reach 16,000 by 2011. The need for additional dwellings as
                                                                                 part of this expansion has been considered and it has been concluded that
                                                                                 existing numbers of dwellings already allocated in adopted and emerging
                                                                                 local plans would be sufficient. The residual 692 dwellings were included in
                                                                                 the calculations. Despite acknowledged staff efficiencies currently operating
                                                                                 at the airport, these airport-related dwellings are still considered to be
                                                                                 required to accommodate airport employment growth, as the airport expands.

D2/01851/BIS/005/O             Cause objects to the retention and the            No Change in Response to this Objection
CAUSE                          methodology for the retention of the 692
                               airport related houses solely for Bishop's        The residual 692 Stansted Airport related dwellings are an integral part of the
Paragraph 11.6.9               Stortford. The residual 692 houses are not         East Herts housing provision requirement to 2011, which in accordance with
                               required now, and nor in the future. The lack     previous Government decisions, Hertfordshire Structure Plans and East Herts
                                of their provision is causing no constraint on   Local Plans, are to be built at Bishop’s Stortford, for which provision will need
                                the airport's growth, and nor will it. Many      to be made by 2011.
                               airport workers now come from Harlow and
                               the Lee Valley. The Local Plan strategy is        Stansted Airport now has permission to expand to 25 mppa and employment
                               just "predict and provide". All references to     is anticipated to reach 16,000 by 2011. The need for additional dwellings as
                               the 692 airport related dwellings should be       part of this expansion has been considered and it has been concluded that
                               deleted.                                          existing numbers of dwellings already allocated in adopted and emerging
                                                                                 local plans would be sufficient. The residual 692 dwellings were included in
                                                                                 the calculations. Despite acknowledged staff efficiencies currently operating
                                                                                 at the airport, these airport-related dwellings are still considered to be
                                                                                 required to accommodate airport employment growth, as the airport expands.




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                                        Summary of Representations                       Council Response
D2/01629/BIS/036/O                      The paragraphs relating to Stansted Airport      No Change in Response to this Objection
Andrew Martin Associates on behalf of   require a clear explanation of the impact of
Countryside Properties Ltd              the airport to set a context for development     Paragraph 11.6.9 is considered to set out the relevant historical and
                                        needs. Paragraph 11.6.9 needs clarification      contextual background to inform the reader on airport-related housing in
Paragraph 11.6.9                        to reflect the current position and permission   Bishop's Stortford. Paragraph 11.6.10 details the planning permission for
                                         granted for BAA expansion to 25mppa. It         expansion to 25mppa and it is not necessary to repeat this. Paragraph 11.6.9
                                        also needs to be amended to reflect the          acknowledges that airport-related housing was calculated "mainly" on the
                                        importance of off-site employment in             number of on-airport employees, but also therefore implies a role for
                                        stimulating housing needs. Without               off-airport employees. The policy of focusing airport-relating employment on
                                        prejudice to our representations that the        to the airport site itself reduces the importance of off-airport employment.
                                        ASRs should be brought forward now, if the
                                        ASRs are to remain reserved, a new
                                        paragraph is required, text is provided.

D2/01191/BIS/001/O                      Special categorisation of 692 residual           No Change in Response to this Objection
Dr Heather E Rowley                     dwellings for airport workers is now proven
                                        out of date. The mention of 692 such             The residual 692 Stansted Airport related dwellings are an integral part of the
Paragraph 11.6.9                        dwellings is only to give rationale for           East Herts housing provision requirement to 2011, which in accordance with
                                        retaining conditional development of ASRs        previous Government decisions, Hertfordshire Structure Plans and East Herts
                                        1 & 2. Re-write BIS3a without reference to       Local Plans, are to be built at Bishop’s Stortford, for which provision will need
                                        residual 692 dwellings. Delete BIS3a (II)        to be made by 2011.

                                                                                         Stansted Airport now has permission to expand to 25 mppa and employment
                                                                                         is anticipated to reach 16,000 by 2011. The need for additional dwellings as
                                                                                         part of this expansion has been considered and it has been concluded that
                                                                                         existing numbers of dwellings already allocated in adopted and emerging
                                                                                         local plans would be sufficient. The residual 692 dwellings were included in
                                                                                         the calculations. Despite acknowledged staff efficiencies currently operating
                                                                                         at the airport, these airport-related dwellings are still considered to be
                                                                                         required to accommodate airport employment growth, as the airport expands.




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                               Summary of Representations                     Council Response
D2/01439/BIS/001/O             The original classification of 692 dwellings   No Change in Response to this Objection
Mr Philip S B Rowley           for airport workers has now been superseded
                               by change in Government policy to "plan,       The residual 692 Stansted Airport related dwellings are an integral part of the
Paragraph 11.6.9               monitor, manage". The fact that 692 was         East Herts housing provision requirement to 2011, which in accordance with
                               proved unnecessary from 1991-2006 (a           previous Government decisions, Hertfordshire Structure Plans and East Herts
                               period of rapid growth) makes the concept      Local Plans, are to be built at Bishop’s Stortford, for which provision will need
                               redundant. There is no more need to            to be made by 2011.
                               provide dwellings for airport workers than
                               there is "city workers". Re-write BIS3a        Stansted Airport now has permission to expand to 25 mppa and employment
                               without reference to the 692 dwellings and     is anticipated to reach 16,000 by 2011. The need for additional dwellings as
                               delete BIS3a (II) entirely.                    part of this expansion has been considered and it has been concluded that
                                                                              existing numbers of dwellings already allocated in adopted and emerging
                                                                              local plans would be sufficient. The residual 692 dwellings were included in
                                                                              the calculations. Despite acknowledged staff efficiencies currently operating
                                                                              at the airport, these airport-related dwellings are still considered to be
                                                                              required to accommodate airport employment growth, as the airport expands.

D2/02146/BIS/001/O             Changing working patterns at the airport and   No Change in Response to this Objection
Ms Katie Rowley                 Lea Valley mean the 692 residual airport
                               workers housing no longer have to be           The residual 692 Stansted Airport related dwellings are an integral part of the
Paragraph 11.6.9               separately classified within the normal         East Herts housing provision requirement to 2011, which in accordance with
                               11,100. As such the 692 residual need not      previous Government decisions, Hertfordshire Structure Plans and East Herts
                               necessarily be targeted for Stortford.         Local Plans, are to be built at Bishop’s Stortford, for which provision will need
                               Applying "plan, monitor manage" guidance       to be made by 2011.
                               it would be unsustainable to do so. Delete
                               all reference to residual 692 dwellings.       Stansted Airport now has permission to expand to 25 mppa and employment
                                                                              is anticipated to reach 16,000 by 2011. The need for additional dwellings as
                                                                              part of this expansion has been considered and it has been concluded that
                                                                              existing numbers of dwellings already allocated in adopted and emerging
                                                                              local plans would be sufficient. The residual 692 dwellings were included in
                                                                              the calculations. Despite acknowledged staff efficiencies currently operating
                                                                              at the airport, these airport-related dwellings are still considered to be
                                                                              required to accommodate airport employment growth, as the airport expands.




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                               Summary of Representations                         Council Response
D2/01443/BIS/002/O             These 692 houses are no longer specifically        No Change in Response to this Objection
Mr E J Shirley                 required in Bishop's Stortford for airport
                               growth, as the throughput of passengers has        The residual 692 Stansted Airport related dwellings are an integral part of the
Paragraph 11.6.9               already reached 20 million. This                    East Herts housing provision requirement to 2011, which in accordance with
                               requirement relates to a study which is            previous Government decisions, Hertfordshire Structure Plans and East Herts
                               nearly 25 years old. All references to 692         Local Plans, are to be built at Bishop’s Stortford, for which provision will need
                               airport houses should be removed.                  to be made by 2011.

                                                                                  Stansted Airport now has permission to expand to 25 mppa and employment
                                                                                  is anticipated to reach 16,000 by 2011. The need for additional dwellings as
                                                                                  part of this expansion has been considered and it has been concluded that
                                                                                  existing numbers of dwellings already allocated in adopted and emerging
                                                                                  local plans would be sufficient. The residual 692 dwellings were included in
                                                                                  the calculations. Despite acknowledged staff efficiencies currently operating
                                                                                  at the airport, these airport-related dwellings are still considered to be
                                                                                  required to accommodate airport employment growth, as the airport expands.

D2/01451/BIS/003/O             These 692 houses are no longer specifically        No Change in Response to this Objection
Mr R T Spooner                 required in Bishop's Stortford for airport
                               growth, as the throughput of passengers has        The residual 692 Stansted Airport related dwellings are an integral part of the
Paragraph 11.6.9               already reached 20 million without the 692          East Herts housing provision requirement to 2011, which in accordance with
                               houses. The lack of provision is not causing       previous Government decisions, Hertfordshire Structure Plans and East Herts
                               any constraint on airport growth, nor will it in   Local Plans, are to be built at Bishop’s Stortford, for which provision will need
                                the future. This requirement relates to a         to be made by 2011.
                               study which is nearly 25 years old. All
                               references to 692 airport houses should be         Stansted Airport now has permission to expand to 25 mppa and employment
                                                                                  is anticipated to reach 16,000 by 2011. The need for additional dwellings as
                                                                                  part of this expansion has been considered and it has been concluded that
                                                                                  existing numbers of dwellings already allocated in adopted and emerging
                                                                                  local plans would be sufficient. The residual 692 dwellings were included in
                                                                                  the calculations. Despite acknowledged staff efficiencies currently operating
                                                                                  at the airport, these airport-related dwellings are still considered to be
                                                                                  required to accommodate airport employment growth, as the airport expands.




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                               Summary of Representations                        Council Response
D2/03097/BIS/004/O             The need for 692 houses relates to a study        No Change in Response to this Objection
Mrs J A Spooner                which is now nearly 25 years out of date.
                               The airport is already at 20mppa without the      The residual 692 Stansted Airport related dwellings are an integral part of the
Paragraph 11.6.9                692 houses - therefore they are no longer         East Herts housing provision requirement to 2011, which in accordance with
                               specifically required in Bishop's Stortford for   previous Government decisions, Hertfordshire Structure Plans and East Herts
                               airport growth. The lack of these 692 houses      Local Plans, are to be built at Bishop’s Stortford, for which provision will need
                               is not causing any restraint on airport growth    to be made by 2011.
                               - and is unlikely to in the future. All
                               reference to 692 airport related houses           Stansted Airport now has permission to expand to 25 mppa and employment
                               should be removed.                                is anticipated to reach 16,000 by 2011. The need for additional dwellings as
                                                                                 part of this expansion has been considered and it has been concluded that
                                                                                 existing numbers of dwellings already allocated in adopted and emerging
                                                                                 local plans would be sufficient. The residual 692 dwellings were included in
                                                                                 the calculations. Despite acknowledged staff efficiencies currently operating
                                                                                 at the airport, these airport-related dwellings are still considered to be
                                                                                 required to accommodate airport employment growth, as the airport expands.

D2/01258/BIS/003/O             The 692 houses are the remainder of a             No Change in Response to this Objection
Mr Gary Victor Aldam           requirement for 2,500 houses to be built in
                               Bishop's Stortford as housing provision for a     The residual 692 Stansted Airport related dwellings are an integral part of the
Paragraph 11.6.10              predicted 22,800 workers at Stansted Airport       East Herts housing provision requirement to 2011, which in accordance with
                               at 15mppa. As this can be shown to have           previous Government decisions, Hertfordshire Structure Plans and East Herts
                               been a gross overestimate, and considerably       Local Plans, are to be built at Bishop’s Stortford, for which provision will need
                                exceeds even the number of workers now for       to be made by 2011.
                                25mppa, a more than adequate number of
                               houses have already been built in Stortford       Stansted Airport now has permission to expand to 25 mppa and employment
                               for airport workers, and it is dishonest to       is anticipated to reach 16,000 by 2011. The need for additional dwellings as
                               retain the 692 in the plan as specifically        part of this expansion has been considered and it has been concluded that
                               airport related. The earlier allocation of        existing numbers of dwellings already allocated in adopted and emerging
                               2,500 houses to Stortford was specifically for    local plans would be sufficient. The residual 692 dwellings were included in
                                the airport's development up to 15mppa           the calculations. Despite acknowledged staff efficiencies currently operating
                               and no mandate was given for reserving            at the airport, these airport-related dwellings are still considered to be
                               land for housing development beyond that          required to accommodate airport employment growth, as the airport expands.
                               point. All references to the 692 airport
                               related dwellings should be deleted.




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                               Summary of Representations                       Council Response
D2/03327/BIS/003/O             The 692 houses are the remainder of a            No Change in Response to this Objection
Mrs Angela Aldam               requirement for 2,500 houses to be built in
                               Bishop's Stortford as housing provision for a    The residual 692 Stansted Airport related dwellings are an integral part of the
Paragraph 11.6.10              predicted 22,800 workers at Stansted Airport      East Herts housing provision requirement to 2011, which in accordance with
                               at 15mppa. As this can be shown to have          previous Government decisions, Hertfordshire Structure Plans and East Herts
                               been a gross overestimate, and considerably      Local Plans, are to be built at Bishop’s Stortford, for which provision will need
                                exceeds even the number of workers now for      to be made by 2011.
                                25mppa, a more than adequate number of
                               houses have already been built in Stortford      Stansted Airport now has permission to expand to 25 mppa and employment
                               for airport workers, and it is dishonest to      is anticipated to reach 16,000 by 2011. The need for additional dwellings as
                               retain the 692 in the plan as specifically       part of this expansion has been considered and it has been concluded that
                               airport related. The earlier allocation of       existing numbers of dwellings already allocated in adopted and emerging
                               2,500 houses to Stortford was specifically for   local plans would be sufficient. The residual 692 dwellings were included in
                                the airport's development up to 15mppa          the calculations. Despite acknowledged staff efficiencies currently operating
                               and no mandate was given for reserving           at the airport, these airport-related dwellings are still considered to be
                               land for housing development beyond that         required to accommodate airport employment growth, as the airport expands.
                               point. All references to the 692 airport
                               related dwellings should be deleted.

D2/03348/BIS/003/O             The justification for classifying 692 houses     No Change in Response to this Objection
Mr Jeffrey Barnes              as airport related ignores the fact that those
                               employed at Stansted airport are primarily       The residual 692 Stansted Airport related dwellings are an integral part of the
Paragraph 11.6.10              from the general Lee Valley catchment.            East Herts housing provision requirement to 2011, which in accordance with
                               General style and habits suggest that such       previous Government decisions, Hertfordshire Structure Plans and East Herts
                               employees are travelling to work at the          Local Plans, are to be built at Bishop’s Stortford, for which provision will need
                               airport via the Lee Valley rail link is          to be made by 2011.
                               environmentally more desirable than adding
                                up to 1400 daily car journeys to and from       Stansted Airport now has permission to expand to 25 mppa and employment
                               Stortford.                                       is anticipated to reach 16,000 by 2011. The need for additional dwellings as
                                                                                part of this expansion has been considered and it has been concluded that
                                                                                existing numbers of dwellings already allocated in adopted and emerging
                                                                                local plans would be sufficient. The residual 692 dwellings were included in
                                                                                the calculations. Despite acknowledged staff efficiencies currently operating
                                                                                at the airport, these airport-related dwellings are still considered to be
                                                                                required to accommodate airport employment growth, as the airport expands.




East Herts Local Plan Review                                                                                                                                25 May 2005
                                                                                  Page 36 of 111
11. Bishop's Stortford
                                        Summary of Representations                        Council Response
D2/01851/BIS/006/O                      Cause objects to the retention and the            No Change in Response to this Objection
CAUSE                                   methodology for the retention of the 692
                                        airport related houses solely for Bishop's        The residual 692 Stansted Airport related dwellings are an integral part of the
Paragraph 11.6.10                       Stortford. The residual 692 houses are not         East Herts housing provision requirement to 2011, which in accordance with
                                        required now, and nor in the future. The lack     previous Government decisions, Hertfordshire Structure Plans and East Herts
                                         of their provision is causing no constraint on   Local Plans, are to be built at Bishop’s Stortford, for which provision will need
                                         the airport's growth, and nor will it. Many      to be made by 2011.
                                        airport workers now come from Harlow and
                                        the Lee Valley. The Local Plan strategy is        Stansted Airport now has permission to expand to 25 mppa and employment
                                        just "predict and provide".                       is anticipated to reach 16,000 by 2011. The need for additional dwellings as
                                                                                          part of this expansion has been considered and it has been concluded that
                                                                                          existing numbers of dwellings already allocated in adopted and emerging
                                                                                          local plans would be sufficient. The residual 692 dwellings were included in
                                                                                          the calculations. Despite acknowledged staff efficiencies currently operating
                                                                                          at the airport, these airport-related dwellings are still considered to be
                                                                                          required to accommodate airport employment growth, as the airport expands.

D2/01629/BIS/037/O                      The inspector at the last Local Plan Inquiry      No Change in Response to this Objection
Andrew Martin Associates on behalf of   accepted that the planning and
Countryside Properties Ltd              implementation of a major development             The "time lag" for new development is acknowledged. Masterplanning work is
                                        will take several years and the "time lag"         currently underway to attempt to reduce the "time lag", should the
Paragraph 11.6.10                       must therefore be taken into account.             development be required post 2011. Allocations for the period beyond 2011
                                                                                          will be dealt with through the East Herts Local Development Framework, the
                                                                                          relevant sections of which should be adopted in 2009.
D2/01182/BIS/005/O                      The case has not been made that the 692           No Change in Response to this Objection
Mr David Hodgen                         are required to support airport growth, and it
                                        appears unlikely that they will be necessary.     The residual 692 Stansted Airport related dwellings are an integral part of the
Paragraph 11.6.10                       The additional 692 dwellings should be             East Herts housing provision requirement to 2011, which in accordance with
                                        deleted from the Plan.                            previous Government decisions, Hertfordshire Structure Plans and East Herts
                                                                                          Local Plans, are to be built at Bishop’s Stortford, for which provision will need
                                                                                          to be made by 2011.

                                                                                          Stansted Airport now has permission to expand to 25 mppa and employment
                                                                                          is anticipated to reach 16,000 by 2011. The need for additional dwellings as
                                                                                          part of this expansion has been considered and it has been concluded that
                                                                                          existing numbers of dwellings already allocated in adopted and emerging
                                                                                          local plans would be sufficient. The residual 692 dwellings were included in
                                                                                          the calculations. Despite acknowledged staff efficiencies currently operating
                                                                                          at the airport, these airport-related dwellings are still considered to be
                                                                                          required to accommodate airport employment growth, as the airport expands.




East Herts Local Plan Review                                                                                                                                          25 May 2005
                                                                                            Page 37 of 111
11. Bishop's Stortford
                               Summary of Representations                     Council Response
D2/01191/BIS/002/O             Special categorisation of 692 residual         No Change in Response to this Objection
Dr Heather E Rowley            dwellings for airport workers is now proven
                               out of date. The mentioned of 692 such         The residual 692 Stansted Airport related dwellings are an integral part of the
Paragraph 11.6.10              dwellings is only to give rationale for         East Herts housing provision requirement to 2011, which in accordance with
                               retaining conditional development of ASRs      previous Government decisions, Hertfordshire Structure Plans and East Herts
                               1 & 2. Re-write BIS3a without reference to     Local Plans, are to be built at Bishop’s Stortford, for which provision will need
                               residual 692 dwellings. Delete BIS3a (II)      to be made by 2011.

                                                                              Stansted Airport now has permission to expand to 25 mppa and employment
                                                                              is anticipated to reach 16,000 by 2011. The need for additional dwellings as
                                                                              part of this expansion has been considered and it has been concluded that
                                                                              existing numbers of dwellings already allocated in adopted and emerging
                                                                              local plans would be sufficient. The residual 692 dwellings were included in
                                                                              the calculations. Despite acknowledged staff efficiencies currently operating
                                                                              at the airport, these airport-related dwellings are still considered to be
                                                                              required to accommodate airport employment growth, as the airport expands.

D2/01439/BIS/002/O             The original classification of 692 dwellings   No Change in Response to this Objection
Mr Philip S B Rowley           for airport workers has now been superseded
                               by change in Government policy to "plan,       The residual 692 Stansted Airport related dwellings are an integral part of the
Paragraph 11.6.10              monitor, manage". The fact that 692 was         East Herts housing provision requirement to 2011, which in accordance with
                               proved unnecessary from 1991-2006 (a           previous Government decisions, Hertfordshire Structure Plans and East Herts
                               period of rapid growth) makes the concept      Local Plans, are to be built at Bishop’s Stortford, for which provision will need
                               redundant. There is no more need to            to be made by 2011.
                               provide dwellings for airport workers than
                               there is "city workers". Re-write BIS3a        Stansted Airport now has permission to expand to 25 mppa and employment
                               without reference to the 692 dwellings and     is anticipated to reach 16,000 by 2011. The need for additional dwellings as
                               delete BIS3a (II) entirely.                    part of this expansion has been considered and it has been concluded that
                                                                              existing numbers of dwellings already allocated in adopted and emerging
                                                                              local plans would be sufficient. The residual 692 dwellings were included in
                                                                              the calculations. Despite acknowledged staff efficiencies currently operating
                                                                              at the airport, these airport-related dwellings are still considered to be
                                                                              required to accommodate airport employment growth, as the airport expands.




East Herts Local Plan Review                                                                                                                              25 May 2005
                                                                                Page 38 of 111
11. Bishop's Stortford
                               Summary of Representations                     Council Response
D2/02146/BIS/002/O             Changing working patterns at the airport and   No Change in Response to this Objection
Ms Katie Rowley                 Lea Valley mean the 692 residual airport
                               workers housing no longer have to be           The residual 692 Stansted Airport related dwellings are an integral part of the
Paragraph 11.6.10              separately classified within the normal         East Herts housing provision requirement to 2011, which in accordance with
                               11,100. As such the 692 residual need not      previous Government decisions, Hertfordshire Structure Plans and East Herts
                               necessarily be targeted for Stortford.         Local Plans, are to be built at Bishop’s Stortford, for which provision will need
                               Applying "plan, monitor manage" guidance       to be made by 2011.
                               it would be unsustainable to do so. Delete
                               all reference to residual 692 dwellings.       Stansted Airport now has permission to expand to 25 mppa and employment
                                                                              is anticipated to reach 16,000 by 2011. The need for additional dwellings as
                                                                              part of this expansion has been considered and it has been concluded that
                                                                              existing numbers of dwellings already allocated in adopted and emerging
                                                                              local plans would be sufficient. The residual 692 dwellings were included in
                                                                              the calculations. Despite acknowledged staff efficiencies currently operating
                                                                              at the airport, these airport-related dwellings are still considered to be
                                                                              required to accommodate airport employment growth, as the airport expands.

D2/01443/BIS/003/O             These 692 houses are no longer specifically    No Change in Response to this Objection
Mr E J Shirley                 required in Bishop's Stortford for airport
                               growth, as the throughput of passengers has    The residual 692 Stansted Airport related dwellings are an integral part of the
Paragraph 11.6.10              already reached 20 million. This                East Herts housing provision requirement to 2011, which in accordance with
                               requirement relates to a study which is        previous Government decisions, Hertfordshire Structure Plans and East Herts
                               nearly 25 years old. All references to 692     Local Plans, are to be built at Bishop’s Stortford, for which provision will need
                               airport houses should be removed.              to be made by 2011.

                                                                              Stansted Airport now has permission to expand to 25 mppa and employment
                                                                              is anticipated to reach 16,000 by 2011. The need for additional dwellings as
                                                                              part of this expansion has been considered and it has been concluded that
                                                                              existing numbers of dwellings already allocated in adopted and emerging
                                                                              local plans would be sufficient. The residual 692 dwellings were included in
                                                                              the calculations. Despite acknowledged staff efficiencies currently operating
                                                                              at the airport, these airport-related dwellings are still considered to be
                                                                              required to accommodate airport employment growth, as the airport expands.




East Herts Local Plan Review                                                                                                                              25 May 2005
                                                                                Page 39 of 111
11. Bishop's Stortford
                               Summary of Representations                         Council Response
D2/01451/BIS/004/O             These 692 houses are no longer specifically        No Change in Response to this Objection
Mr R T Spooner                 required in Bishop's Stortford for airport
                               growth, as the throughput of passengers has        The residual 692 Stansted Airport related dwellings are an integral part of the
Paragraph 11.6.10              already reached 20 million without the 692          East Herts housing provision requirement to 2011, which in accordance with
                               houses. The lack of provision is not causing       previous Government decisions, Hertfordshire Structure Plans and East Herts
                               any constraint on airport growth, nor will it in   Local Plans, are to be built at Bishop’s Stortford, for which provision will need
                                the future. This requirement relates to a         to be made by 2011.
                               study which is nearly 25 years old. All
                               references to 692 airport houses should be         Stansted Airport now has permission to expand to 25 mppa and employment
                                                                                  is anticipated to reach 16,000 by 2011. The need for additional dwellings as
                                                                                  part of this expansion has been considered and it has been concluded that
                                                                                  existing numbers of dwellings already allocated in adopted and emerging
                                                                                  local plans would be sufficient. The residual 692 dwellings were included in
                                                                                  the calculations. Despite acknowledged staff efficiencies currently operating
                                                                                  at the airport, these airport-related dwellings are still considered to be
                                                                                  required to accommodate airport employment growth, as the airport expands.

D2/03097/BIS/005/O             The need for 692 houses relates to a study         No Change in Response to this Objection
Mrs J A Spooner                which is now nearly 25 years out of date.
                               The airport is already at 20mppa without the       The residual 692 Stansted Airport related dwellings are an integral part of the
Paragraph 11.6.10               692 houses - therefore they are no longer          East Herts housing provision requirement to 2011, which in accordance with
                               specifically required in Bishop's Stortford for    previous Government decisions, Hertfordshire Structure Plans and East Herts
                               airport growth. The lack of these 692 houses       Local Plans, are to be built at Bishop’s Stortford, for which provision will need
                               is not causing any restraint on airport growth     to be made by 2011.
                               - and is unlikely to in the future. All
                               reference to 692 airport related houses            Stansted Airport now has permission to expand to 25 mppa and employment
                               should be removed.                                 is anticipated to reach 16,000 by 2011. The need for additional dwellings as
                                                                                  part of this expansion has been considered and it has been concluded that
                                                                                  existing numbers of dwellings already allocated in adopted and emerging
                                                                                  local plans would be sufficient. The residual 692 dwellings were included in
                                                                                  the calculations. Despite acknowledged staff efficiencies currently operating
                                                                                  at the airport, these airport-related dwellings are still considered to be
                                                                                  required to accommodate airport employment growth, as the airport expands.




East Herts Local Plan Review                                                                                                                                  25 May 2005
                                                                                    Page 40 of 111
11. Bishop's Stortford
                               Summary of Representations                       Council Response
D2/01258/BIS/004/O             The 692 houses are the remainder of a            No Change in Response to this Objection
Mr Gary Victor Aldam           requirement for 2,500 houses to be built in
                               Bishop's Stortford as housing provision for a    The residual 692 Stansted Airport related dwellings are an integral part of the
Paragraph 11.6.11              predicted 22,800 workers at Stansted Airport      East Herts housing provision requirement to 2011, which in accordance with
                               at 15mppa. As this can be shown to have          previous Government decisions, Hertfordshire Structure Plans and East Herts
                               been a gross overestimate, and considerably      Local Plans, are to be built at Bishop’s Stortford, for which provision will need
                                exceeds even the number of workers now for      to be made by 2011.
                                25mppa, a more than adequate number of
                               houses have already been built in Stortford      Stansted Airport now has permission to expand to 25 mppa and employment
                               for airport workers, and it is dishonest to      is anticipated to reach 16,000 by 2011. The need for additional dwellings as
                               retain the 692 in the plan as specifically       part of this expansion has been considered and it has been concluded that
                               airport related. The earlier allocation of       existing numbers of dwellings already allocated in adopted and emerging
                               2,500 houses to Stortford was specifically for   local plans would be sufficient. The residual 692 dwellings were included in
                                the airport's development up to 15mppa          the calculations. Despite acknowledged staff efficiencies currently operating
                               and no mandate was given for reserving           at the airport, these airport-related dwellings are still considered to be
                               land for housing development beyond that         required to accommodate airport employment growth, as the airport expands.
                               point. All references to the 692 airport
                               related dwellings should be deleted.

D2/03327/BIS/004/O             The 692 houses are the remainder of a            No Change in Response to this Objection
Mrs Angela Aldam               requirement for 2,500 houses to be built in
                               Bishop's Stortford as housing provision for a    The residual 692 Stansted Airport related dwellings are an integral part of the
Paragraph 11.6.11              predicted 22,800 workers at Stansted Airport      East Herts housing provision requirement to 2011, which in accordance with
                               at 15mppa. As this can be shown to have          previous Government decisions, Hertfordshire Structure Plans and East Herts
                               been a gross overestimate, and considerably      Local Plans, are to be built at Bishop’s Stortford, for which provision will need
                                exceeds even the number of workers now for      to be made by 2011.
                                25mppa, a more than adequate number of
                               houses have already been built in Stortford      Stansted Airport now has permission to expand to 25 mppa and employment
                               for airport workers, and it is dishonest to      is anticipated to reach 16,000 by 2011. The need for additional dwellings as
                               retain the 692 in the plan as specifically       part of this expansion has been considered and it has been concluded that
                               airport related. The earlier allocation of       existing numbers of dwellings already allocated in adopted and emerging
                               2,500 houses to Stortford was specifically for   local plans would be sufficient. The residual 692 dwellings were included in
                                the airport's development up to 15mppa          the calculations. Despite acknowledged staff efficiencies currently operating
                               and no mandate was given for reserving           at the airport, these airport-related dwellings are still considered to be
                               land for housing development beyond that         required to accommodate airport employment growth, as the airport expands.
                               point. All references to the 692 airport
                               related dwellings should be deleted.




East Herts Local Plan Review                                                                                                                                25 May 2005
                                                                                  Page 41 of 111
11. Bishop's Stortford
                               Summary of Representations                        Council Response
D2/03348/BIS/004/O             The justification for classifying 692 houses      No Change in Response to this Objection
Mr Jeffrey Barnes              as airport related ignores the fact that those
                               employed at Stansted airport are primarily        The residual 692 Stansted Airport related dwellings are an integral part of the
Paragraph 11.6.11              from the general Lee Valley catchment.             East Herts housing provision requirement to 2011, which in accordance with
                               General style and habits suggest that such        previous Government decisions, Hertfordshire Structure Plans and East Herts
                               employees are travelling to work at the           Local Plans, are to be built at Bishop’s Stortford, for which provision will need
                               airport via the Lee Valley rail link is           to be made by 2011.
                               environmentally more desirable than adding
                                up to 1400 daily car journeys to and from        Stansted Airport now has permission to expand to 25 mppa and employment
                               Stortford.                                        is anticipated to reach 16,000 by 2011. The need for additional dwellings as
                                                                                 part of this expansion has been considered and it has been concluded that
                                                                                 existing numbers of dwellings already allocated in adopted and emerging
                                                                                 local plans would be sufficient. The residual 692 dwellings were included in
                                                                                 the calculations. Despite acknowledged staff efficiencies currently operating
                                                                                 at the airport, these airport-related dwellings are still considered to be
                                                                                 required to accommodate airport employment growth, as the airport expands.

D2/01851/BIS/007/O             Cause objects to the retention and the            No Change in Response to this Objection
CAUSE                          methodology for the retention of the 692
                               airport related houses solely for Bishop's        The residual 692 Stansted Airport related dwellings are an integral part of the
Paragraph 11.6.11              Stortford. The residual 692 houses are not         East Herts housing provision requirement to 2011, which in accordance with
                               required now, and nor in the future. The lack     previous Government decisions, Hertfordshire Structure Plans and East Herts
                                of their provision is causing no constraint on   Local Plans, are to be built at Bishop’s Stortford, for which provision will need
                                the airport's growth, and nor will it. Many      to be made by 2011.
                               airport workers now come from Harlow and
                               the Lee Valley. The Local Plan strategy is        Stansted Airport now has permission to expand to 25 mppa and employment
                               just "predict and provide".                       is anticipated to reach 16,000 by 2011. The need for additional dwellings as
                                                                                 part of this expansion has been considered and it has been concluded that
                                                                                 existing numbers of dwellings already allocated in adopted and emerging
                                                                                 local plans would be sufficient. The residual 692 dwellings were included in
                                                                                 the calculations. Despite acknowledged staff efficiencies currently operating
                                                                                 at the airport, these airport-related dwellings are still considered to be
                                                                                 required to accommodate airport employment growth, as the airport expands.




East Herts Local Plan Review                                                                                                                                 25 May 2005
                                                                                   Page 42 of 111
11. Bishop's Stortford
                               Summary of Representations                     Council Response
D2/01191/BIS/003/O             Special categorisation of 692 residual         No Change in Response to this Objection
Dr Heather E Rowley            dwellings for airport workers is now proven
                               out of date. The mentioned of 692 such         The residual 692 Stansted Airport related dwellings are an integral part of the
Paragraph 11.6.11              dwellings is only to give rationale for         East Herts housing provision requirement to 2011, which in accordance with
                               retaining conditional development of ASRs      previous Government decisions, Hertfordshire Structure Plans and East Herts
                               1 & 2. Re-write BIS3a without reference to     Local Plans, are to be built at Bishop’s Stortford, for which provision will need
                               residual 692 dwellings. Delete BIS3a (II)      to be made by 2011.

                                                                              Stansted Airport now has permission to expand to 25 mppa and employment
                                                                              is anticipated to reach 16,000 by 2011. The need for additional dwellings as
                                                                              part of this expansion has been considered and it has been concluded that
                                                                              existing numbers of dwellings already allocated in adopted and emerging
                                                                              local plans would be sufficient. The residual 692 dwellings were included in
                                                                              the calculations. Despite acknowledged staff efficiencies currently operating
                                                                              at the airport, these airport-related dwellings are still considered to be
                                                                              required to accommodate airport employment growth, as the airport expands.

D2/01439/BIS/003/O             The original classification of 692 dwellings   No Change in Response to this Objection
Mr Philip S B Rowley           for airport workers has now been superseded
                               by change in Government policy to "plan,       The residual 692 Stansted Airport related dwellings are an integral part of the
Paragraph 11.6.11              monitor, manage". The fact that 692 was         East Herts housing provision requirement to 2011, which in accordance with
                               proved unnecessary from 1991-2006 (a           previous Government decisions, Hertfordshire Structure Plans and East Herts
                               period of rapid growth) makes the concept      Local Plans, are to be built at Bishop’s Stortford, for which provision will need
                               redundant. There is no more need to            to be made by 2011.
                               provide dwellings for airport workers than
                               there is "city workers". Re-write BIS3a        Stansted Airport now has permission to expand to 25 mppa and employment
                               without reference to the 692 dwellings and     is anticipated to reach 16,000 by 2011. The need for additional dwellings as
                               delete BIS3a (II) entirely.                    part of this expansion has been considered and it has been concluded that
                                                                              existing numbers of dwellings already allocated in adopted and emerging
                                                                              local plans would be sufficient. The residual 692 dwellings were included in
                                                                              the calculations. Despite acknowledged staff efficiencies currently operating
                                                                              at the airport, these airport-related dwellings are still considered to be
                                                                              required to accommodate airport employment growth, as the airport expands.




East Herts Local Plan Review                                                                                                                              25 May 2005
                                                                                Page 43 of 111
11. Bishop's Stortford
                               Summary of Representations                     Council Response
D2/02146/BIS/003/O             Changing working patterns at the airport and   No Change in Response to this Objection
Ms Katie Rowley                 Lea Valley mean the 692 residual airport
                               workers housing no longer have to be           The residual 692 Stansted Airport related dwellings are an integral part of the
Paragraph 11.6.11              separately classified within the normal         East Herts housing provision requirement to 2011, which in accordance with
                               11,100. As such the 692 residual need not      previous Government decisions, Hertfordshire Structure Plans and East Herts
                               necessarily be targeted for Stortford.         Local Plans, are to be built at Bishop’s Stortford, for which provision will need
                               Applying "plan, monitor manage" guidance       to be made by 2011.
                               it would be unsustainable to do so. Delete
                               all reference to residual 692 dwellings.       Stansted Airport now has permission to expand to 25 mppa and employment
                                                                              is anticipated to reach 16,000 by 2011. The need for additional dwellings as
                                                                              part of this expansion has been considered and it has been concluded that
                                                                              existing numbers of dwellings already allocated in adopted and emerging
                                                                              local plans would be sufficient. The residual 692 dwellings were included in
                                                                              the calculations. Despite acknowledged staff efficiencies currently operating
                                                                              at the airport, these airport-related dwellings are still considered to be
                                                                              required to accommodate airport employment growth, as the airport expands.

D2/01443/BIS/004/O             These 692 houses are no longer specifically    No Change in Response to this Objection
Mr E J Shirley                 required in Bishop's Stortford for airport
                               growth, as the throughput of passengers has    The residual 692 Stansted Airport related dwellings are an integral part of the
Paragraph 11.6.11              already reached 20 million. This                East Herts housing provision requirement to 2011, which in accordance with
                               requirement relates to a study which is        previous Government decisions, Hertfordshire Structure Plans and East Herts
                               nearly 25 years old. All references to 692     Local Plans, are to be built at Bishop’s Stortford, for which provision will need
                               airport houses should be removed.              to be made by 2011.

                                                                              Stansted Airport now has permission to expand to 25 mppa and employment
                                                                              is anticipated to reach 16,000 by 2011. The need for additional dwellings as
                                                                              part of this expansion has been considered and it has been concluded that
                                                                              existing numbers of dwellings already allocated in adopted and emerging
                                                                              local plans would be sufficient. The residual 692 dwellings were included in
                                                                              the calculations. Despite acknowledged staff efficiencies currently operating
                                                                              at the airport, these airport-related dwellings are still considered to be
                                                                              required to accommodate airport employment growth, as the airport expands.




East Herts Local Plan Review                                                                                                                              25 May 2005
                                                                                Page 44 of 111
11. Bishop's Stortford
                                  Summary of Representations                         Council Response
D2/01451/BIS/005/O                These 692 houses are no longer specifically        No Change in Response to this Objection
Mr R T Spooner                    required in Bishop's Stortford for airport
                                  growth, as the throughput of passengers has        The residual 692 Stansted Airport related dwellings are an integral part of the
Paragraph 11.6.11                 already reached 20 million without the 692          East Herts housing provision requirement to 2011, which in accordance with
                                  houses. The lack of provision is not causing       previous Government decisions, Hertfordshire Structure Plans and East Herts
                                  any constraint on airport growth, nor will it in   Local Plans, are to be built at Bishop’s Stortford, for which provision will need
                                   the future. This requirement relates to a         to be made by 2011.
                                  study which is nearly 25 years old. All
                                  references to 692 airport houses should be         Stansted Airport now has permission to expand to 25 mppa and employment
                                                                                     is anticipated to reach 16,000 by 2011. The need for additional dwellings as
                                                                                     part of this expansion has been considered and it has been concluded that
                                                                                     existing numbers of dwellings already allocated in adopted and emerging
                                                                                     local plans would be sufficient. The residual 692 dwellings were included in
                                                                                     the calculations. Despite acknowledged staff efficiencies currently operating
                                                                                     at the airport, these airport-related dwellings are still considered to be
                                                                                     required to accommodate airport employment growth, as the airport expands.

D2/03097/BIS/006/O                The need for 692 houses relates to a study         No Change in Response to this Objection
Mrs J A Spooner                   which is now nearly 25 years out of date.
                                  The airport is already at 20mppa without the       The residual 692 Stansted Airport related dwellings are an integral part of the
Paragraph 11.6.11                  692 houses - therefore they are no longer          East Herts housing provision requirement to 2011, which in accordance with
                                  specifically required in Bishop's Stortford for    previous Government decisions, Hertfordshire Structure Plans and East Herts
                                  airport growth. The lack of these 692 houses       Local Plans, are to be built at Bishop’s Stortford, for which provision will need
                                  is not causing any restraint on airport growth     to be made by 2011.
                                  - and is unlikely to in the future. All
                                  reference to 692 airport related houses            Stansted Airport now has permission to expand to 25 mppa and employment
                                  should be removed.                                 is anticipated to reach 16,000 by 2011. The need for additional dwellings as
                                                                                     part of this expansion has been considered and it has been concluded that
                                                                                     existing numbers of dwellings already allocated in adopted and emerging
                                                                                     local plans would be sufficient. The residual 692 dwellings were included in
                                                                                     the calculations. Despite acknowledged staff efficiencies currently operating
                                                                                     at the airport, these airport-related dwellings are still considered to be
                                                                                     required to accommodate airport employment growth, as the airport expands.

D2/01566/BIS/021/S                Notwithstanding the concerns expressed in          Support Noted and Welcomed
Bishop's Stortford Town Council   response to 11.5.2, the Town Council
                                  welcomes the suggestion that ASRs 1 & 2            Comments noted. It is anticipated that due to the provision of further
Paragraph 11.6.11                 may not be required up to 2011. The                brownfield/previously developed land, particularly in and adjacent to Bishop’s
                                  wording of Policy BIS3a should be                   Stortford town centre, that development of the Bishop’s Stortford North Areas
                                  strengthened and exclude these sites from          of Special Restraint (ASRs) will not be required in the Plan period to 2011.
                                  potential development.                             However, it is considered important to retain reference to development of
                                                                                     ASRs 1 & 2 in case allocated and windfall sites in Bishop's Stortford do not
                                                                                     come forward, in order to ensure the town's housing apportionment is met.



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D2/01629/BIS/038/O                      Both the previous Local Plan Inspector and      No Change in Response to this Objection
Andrew Martin Associates on behalf of   the Structure Plan recognise that airport
Countryside Properties Ltd              related housing needs should be provided        Neither the previous Local Plan Inspector nor the Structure Plan were
                                        for on the ASRs. Paragraph 11.6.11              presented with the option of accommodating sufficient airport-related
Paragraph 11.6.11                       identified ASRs 1 & 2. However these are        development on brownfield sites in, or close to, the town centre. Since this is
                                        the least suitable because ASRs 3,4 & 5 are     now a realistic option, and in accordance with the sequential approach, these
Site 176, 188 & 192: ASR 3, ASR 4 &     more sustainable locations and could            brownfield sites will come forward first.
ASR 5 Bishop's Stortford North
                                        provide a sustainable urban extension. This
                                        should be brought forward now rather than       Comments noted regarding the benefits of ASR5 and adjoining land. The
                                        post 2006.                                      District Council has considered the issue of the phasing of any potential
                                        Without prejudice to our representations that   development of the ASRs. ASRs 1 and 2 were selected for initial
                                         the ASRs should be brought forward now, if     development on the basis of their proximity to the existing developments and
                                        the ASRs are to remain reserved, a new          infrastructure of Bishop’s Park and St Michael’s Mead, including the Tesco
                                        paragraph is required, text is provided.        supermarket. Hadham Road was also deemed to be a more suitable feeder
                                                                                        road than Rye Street.

                                                                                        ASRs 3, 4 and 5 are likely to be required to be developed together to form a
                                                                                        cohesive development. ASR5 is likely to be the least preferable of these three
                                                                                         areas on the basis that it is the most peripheral and the most prominent.
                                                                                        Indeed the Inspector reporting on the Local Plan Inquiry in July 1997 made
                                                                                        initial comments on the fact that ASR5 did not appear to relate well to the
                                                                                        existing built-up area of the town.

                                                                                        Potential development to the north of Bishop’s Stortford is the subject of
                                                                                        ongoing consultants study work. This work will address the issue of the most
                                                                                        sustainable form and phasing of development. However for the purposes of
                                                                                        this Local Plan Review Policy BIS3a will retain reference to ASRs 1 and 2,
                                                                                        and not ASRs 3,4 and 5 as suggested. ASRs 1 and 2 are only, in effect,
                                                                                        "reserve allocations" to be developed only if monitoring shows that the
                                                                                        Bishop’s Stortford apportionment of 756 dwellings, together with the 692
                                                                                        airport related dwellings are unable to be accommodated on other Bishop’s
                                                                                        Stortford Phases 1 and 2 allocated and windfall sites.




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D2/01258/BIS/005/O             The 692 houses are the remainder of a            No Change in Response to this Objection
Mr Gary Victor Aldam           requirement for 2,500 houses to be built in
                               Bishop's Stortford as housing provision for a    The residual 692 Stansted Airport related dwellings are an integral part of the
Policy BIS3a                   predicted 22,800 workers at Stansted Airport      East Herts housing provision requirement to 2011, which in accordance with
                               at 15mppa. As this can be shown to have          previous Government decisions, Hertfordshire Structure Plans and East Herts
                               been a gross overestimate, and considerably      Local Plans, are to be built at Bishop’s Stortford, for which provision will need
                                exceeds even the number of workers now for      to be made by 2011.
                                25mppa, a more than adequate number of
                               houses have already been built in Stortford      Stansted Airport now has permission to expand to 25 mppa and employment
                               for airport workers, and it is dishonest to      is anticipated to reach 16,000 by 2011. The need for additional dwellings as
                               retain the 692 in the plan as specifically       part of this expansion has been considered and it has been concluded that
                               airport related. The earlier allocation of       existing numbers of dwellings already allocated in adopted and emerging
                               2,500 houses to Stortford was specifically for   local plans would be sufficient. The residual 692 dwellings were included in
                                the airport's development up to 15mppa          the calculations. Despite acknowledged staff efficiencies currently operating
                               and no mandate was given for reserving           at the airport, these airport-related dwellings are still considered to be
                               land for housing development beyond that         required to accommodate airport employment growth, as the airport expands.
                               point. All references to the 692 airport
                               related dwellings should be deleted.

D2/03327/BIS/005/O             The 692 houses are the remainder of a            No Change in Response to this Objection
Mrs Angela Aldam               requirement for 2,500 houses to be built in
                               Bishop's Stortford as housing provision for a    The residual 692 Stansted Airport related dwellings are an integral part of the
Policy BIS3a                   predicted 22,800 workers at Stansted Airport      East Herts housing provision requirement to 2011, which in accordance with
                               at 15mppa. As this can be shown to have          previous Government decisions, Hertfordshire Structure Plans and East Herts
                               been a gross overestimate, and considerably      Local Plans, are to be built at Bishop’s Stortford, for which provision will need
                                exceeds even the number of workers now for      to be made by 2011.
                                25mppa, a more than adequate number of
                               houses have already been built in Stortford      Stansted Airport now has permission to expand to 25 mppa and employment
                               for airport workers, and it is dishonest to      is anticipated to reach 16,000 by 2011. The need for additional dwellings as
                               retain the 692 in the plan as specifically       part of this expansion has been considered and it has been concluded that
                               airport related. The earlier allocation of       existing numbers of dwellings already allocated in adopted and emerging
                               2,500 houses to Stortford was specifically for   local plans would be sufficient. The residual 692 dwellings were included in
                                the airport's development up to 15mppa          the calculations. Despite acknowledged staff efficiencies currently operating
                               and no mandate was given for reserving           at the airport, these airport-related dwellings are still considered to be
                               land for housing development beyond that         required to accommodate airport employment growth, as the airport expands.
                               point. All references to the 692 airport
                               related dwellings should be deleted.




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D2/01657/BIS/013/O                 There is no need to provide any airport         No Change in Response to this Objection
Bishop's Stortford Civic Society   related housing during this plan period since
                                    remaining housing allocations are more         The residual 692 Stansted Airport related dwellings are an integral part of the
Policy BIS3a                       than sufficient to satisfy the latest            East Herts housing provision requirement to 2011, which in accordance with
                                   employment forecasts at Stansted Airport.       previous Government decisions, Hertfordshire Structure Plans and East Herts
                                   Moreover development of ASRs 1 & 2 would        Local Plans, are to be built at Bishop’s Stortford, for which provision will need
                                    not be compatible with the plan's              to be made by 2011.
                                   sustainability objectives. The policy should
                                   be deleted from the plan and the sites (with    Stansted Airport now has permission to expand to 25 mppa and employment
                                   the possible partial exception of part of       is anticipated to reach 16,000 by 2011. The need for additional dwellings as
                                   ASR1) should be redesignated Green Belt.        part of this expansion has been considered and it has been concluded that
                                                                                   existing numbers of dwellings already allocated in adopted and emerging
                                                                                   local plans would be sufficient. The residual 692 dwellings were included in
                                                                                   the calculations. Despite acknowledged staff efficiencies currently operating
                                                                                   at the airport, these airport-related dwellings are still considered to be
                                                                                   required to accommodate airport employment growth, as the airport expands.


                                                                                   It is anticipated that due to the provision of further brownfield/previously
                                                                                   developed land, particularly in and adjacent to Bishop’s Stortford town centre,
                                                                                    that development of the Bishop’s Stortford North Areas of Special Restraint
                                                                                   (ASRs) will not be required in the Plan period to 2011. However, it is
                                                                                   considered important to retain reference to development of ASRs 1 & 2 in
                                                                                   case allocated and windfall sites in Bishop's Stortford do not come forward, in
                                                                                   order to ensure the town's housing apportionment is met.
D2/03809/BIS/044/O                 An objection is made to the attempt to defer    No Change in Response to this Objection
Wood Frampton on behalf of Bovis    the release of ASRs 1 & 2 for the provision
Homes Ltd & Wimpey Homes UK Ltd    of the 692 dwellings on the alleged basis       Not accepted. Planning permission has been granted for most of the sites
                                   that Phases I and II sites can make such        mentioned in Policy BIS2, and indeed construction is underway on some of
Policy BIS3a                       provision. There is no reasonable evidence      these sites. On the Herts and Essex site and the John Dyde site construction is
                                   to suggest that such land will be available.    already well underway. Progress is also occurring on those sites where
                                   Failure to make provisions for the release of   planning permission has not been granted. A Development Brief is currently
                                   land for 692 dwellings will mean this level     being produced for the Mill site. The Goods Yard site has an approved
                                   of housing may not be achieved by 2011.         Development Brief and the Council is in pre-application discussions with a
                                                                                   developer on the provisions of a scheme. The provision in Policy BIS2 is
                                                                                   considered robust and justifiable.




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                                        Summary of Representations                       Council Response
D2/01852/BIS/002/O                      Reference to 692 residual housing is             No Change in Response to this Objection
Chantry Community Association           inappropriate as Stansted Airport has
                                        expanded well beyond 15mppa, the original        The residual 692 Stansted Airport related dwellings are an integral part of the
Policy BIS3a                             condition which governed the existence of        East Herts housing provision requirement to 2011, which in accordance with
                                        the 2,500 airport dwellings. Growth at the       previous Government decisions, Hertfordshire Structure Plans and East Herts
                                        airport has not been restricted by               Local Plans, are to be built at Bishop’s Stortford, for which provision will need
                                        non-provision of the 692 dwellings so they       to be made by 2011.
                                        are conceptually invalid and redundant.
                                        The 11,000 and any further district              Stansted Airport now has permission to expand to 25 mppa and employment
                                        allocations beyond 2011 will inevitably          is anticipated to reach 16,000 by 2011. The need for additional dwellings as
                                        account for the airport's influence on           part of this expansion has been considered and it has been concluded that
                                        housing. The 692 is utterly artificial and bad   existing numbers of dwellings already allocated in adopted and emerging
                                         planning. Delete all reference to the 692       local plans would be sufficient. The residual 692 dwellings were included in
                                        dwellings.                                       the calculations. Despite acknowledged staff efficiencies currently operating
                                                                                         at the airport, these airport-related dwellings are still considered to be
                                                                                         required to accommodate airport employment growth, as the airport expands.

D2/01629/BIS/039/O                      There is a need for a "whole settlement          No Change in Response to this Objection
Andrew Martin Associates on behalf of   strategy" approach to current and future
Countryside Properties Ltd              development at Bishop's Stortford, as            Comments noted. The housing apportionment to Bishop's Stortford is being
                                        envisaged by the Structure Plan. This            met mainly through the provision of brownfield/previously developed land,
Policy BIS3a                            should set the long-term vision for the town     particularly in and adjacent to Bishop’s Stortford town centre. The
                                        and how development sites will contribute        development of these brownfield sites raises important issues, and these are
                                        towards this vision.                             being addressed through the site-specific policies in this Local Plan and
                                                                                         through the ongoing corporate activity of the Council.

                                                                                         It is anticipated that development of the Bishop’s Stortford North Areas of
                                                                                         Special Restraint (ASRs) will not be required in the Plan period to 2011. A
                                                                                         "Whole Settlement Strategy" or similar is likely to be appropriate, as and
                                                                                         when the ASRs are required. The relevant issues will be addressed through
                                                                                         the ongoing Masterplanning work for the town, including a multi-modal
                                                                                         transport study, and then through the Local Development Framework. It would
                                                                                          be inappropriate to begin work on a "Whole Settlement Strategy" at this
                                                                                         stage of Plan production.

D2/01666/BIS/010/O                      Given the over-provision of housing in           No Change in Response to this Objection
CPRE - The Hertfordshire Society        Bishop's Stortford, acknowledged by EHDC
                                        in paragraph 11.5.4, there remains no            The surplus acknowledged in paragraph 11.5.4 is "modest". It is anticipated
Policy BIS3a                            justification for including the local need       that due to the provision of further brownfield/previously developed land,
                                        element in section (I) of BIS3a.                 particularly in and adjacent to Bishop’s Stortford town centre, that
                                                                                         development of the Bishop’s Stortford North Areas of Special Restraint (ASRs)
                                                                                         will not be required in the Plan period to 2011. However should these
                                                                                         brownfield sites not come forward within the Plan period, it may be necessary
                                                                                         to utilise ASRs 1 & 2 to ensure local housing needs and/or airport related

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D2/03804/BIS/012/O                      On the basis that the Local Plan is to reflect   No Change in Response to this Objection
Boyer Planning Limited on behalf of     the spatial strategy and development
The Fairfield Partnership               requirements arising from draft RSS14, and       It is anticipated that due to the provision of further brownfield/previously
                                        that Policy BIS2 now contains a strategic        developed land, particularly in and adjacent to Bishop’s Stortford town centre,
Policy BIS3a                            allocation north of Bishop's Stortford, the       that development of the Bishop’s Stortford North Areas of Special Restraint
                                        issue of housing provision related to            (ASRs) will not be required in the Plan period to 2011.
                                        Stansted Airport as set out in Section 11.6
                                        and Policy BIS3a are redundant and should        The emerging East of England Plan - Draft Regional Spatial Strategy -
                                        be deleted.                                      December 2004, only completed public consultation in March 2005. It is
                                                                                         subject to the due processes of public examination, modification and final
                                                                                         adoption, anticipated in late 2006. The Draft East of England Plan -
                                                                                         December 2004 acknowledges at paragraph 4.7 that:

                                                                                         "Draft RSS strategy therefore is to continue the existing RSS strategy in the
                                                                                         first 5-10 years in recognition of local development plans now being
                                                                                         completed. Thereafter the strategy will gradually change."

                                                                                         As and when the Regional Spatial Strategy is adopted, appropriate provision
                                                                                         will be made. It is important, however, that such provision is made through
                                                                                         the Local Development Framework, rather than through more informal
                                                                                         masterplanning processes.

D2/03567/BIS/003/O                      The Council should take into account likely      No Change in Response to this Objection
J B Planning Associates Ltd on behalf   pressure to deliver additional housing at
of Kier Land Ltd                        Bishop's Stortford in the near future, based     Not agreed. The Council decided in July 2004, in consultation and with
                                        on the Sustainable Communities Plan and          agreement of the Government Office for the East of England (Go-East), to
Policy BIS3a                            RSS14. In the absence of identifying a           proceed with the Local Plan Second Review, under the Transitional
                                        contingency for growth to the north of           Arrangements, to cover the period up to 2011, based on the 1998
                                        Bishop's Stortford, the only option would be     Hertfordshire Adopted Structure Plan.
                                        for abandonment of this Plan, prior to the
                                        preparation of a new Local Development           The emerging East of England Plan - Draft Regional Spatial Strategy -
                                        Framework. The Council is retrenching            December 2004, only completed public consultation in March 2005. It is
                                        rather than advancing, taking into account       subject to the due processes of public examination, modification and final
                                        RSS guidance.                                    adoption, anticipated in late 2006. The Draft East of England Plan -
                                                                                         December 2004 acknowledges at paragraph 4.7 that:

                                                                                         "Draft RSS strategy therefore is to continue the existing RSS strategy in the
                                                                                         first 5-10 years in recognition of local development plans now being
                                                                                         completed. Thereafter the strategy will gradually change."

                                                                                         As and when the Regional Spatial Strategy is adopted, appropriate provision
                                                                                         will be made. It is important, however, that such provision is made through
                                                                                         the Local Development Framework, rather than through more informal
                                                                                         masterplanning processes.


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D2/03567/BIS/004/O                      Landscape assessment work has been              No Change in Response to this Objection
J B Planning Associates Ltd on behalf   carried out which challenges earlier
of Kier Land Ltd                        conclusions which have been drawn relating      The ongoing consultants study work into the masterplanning of any future
                                         to the landscape impact of development of      development of this area is examining the area as a whole aside from
Policy BIS3a                            the individual ASRs.                            existing ASR or SCA designations, and aside from previous landscape
                                                                                        assessments. This study work is as yet unfinished and it would be
                                                                                        inappropriate to alter the content of longstanding local planning policy on
                                                                                        this basis. In any event, it is anticipated that due to the provision of further
                                                                                        brownfield/previously developed land, particularly in and adjacent to Bishop’s
                                                                                         Stortford town centre, that development of the Bishop’s Stortford North Areas
                                                                                        of Special Restraint (ASRs) and the SCA will not be required in the Plan

D2/02798/BIS/001/O                      The 692 residual airport dwellings are now      No Change in Response to this Objection
Maple Avenue Frontagers Association     redundant and would fail to satisfy
                                        Government guidance of "plan, monitor,          The residual 692 Stansted Airport related dwellings are an integral part of the
Policy BIS3a                            manage". Changing working practices              East Herts housing provision requirement to 2011, which in accordance with
                                        means that a lack of dwellings in Stortford     previous Government decisions, Hertfordshire Structure Plans and East Herts
                                        would not restrict growth at the airport, nor   Local Plans, are to be built at Bishop’s Stortford, for which provision will need
                                        cause unsustainable commuting patterns          to be made by 2011.
                                        elsewhere. The 692 no longer need
                                        separate classification or to be targeted at    Stansted Airport now has permission to expand to 25 mppa and employment
                                        Stortford. Delete all reference to the 692      is anticipated to reach 16,000 by 2011. The need for additional dwellings as
                                                                                        part of this expansion has been considered and it has been concluded that
                                                                                        existing numbers of dwellings already allocated in adopted and emerging
                                                                                        local plans would be sufficient. The residual 692 dwellings were included in
                                                                                        the calculations. Despite acknowledged staff efficiencies currently operating
                                                                                        at the airport, these airport-related dwellings are still considered to be
                                                                                        required to accommodate airport employment growth, as the airport expands.

D2/01322/BIS/003/O                      The mention of 692 airport related houses is    No Change in Response to this Objection
Mrs Angela Marshall                      outdated. The figure was originally
                                        mentioned in the Eyre Report 1981-3 but         The residual 692 Stansted Airport related dwellings are an integral part of the
Policy BIS3a                            has since been shown to be erroneous.            East Herts housing provision requirement to 2011, which in accordance with
                                        Airport workers come from many areas other      previous Government decisions, Hertfordshire Structure Plans and East Herts
                                        than Bishop's Stortford, and sufficient new     Local Plans, are to be built at Bishop’s Stortford, for which provision will be
                                        houses have already been built in other         need to be made by 2011. These airport related dwellings are still
                                        areas of the town. The 692 airport related      considered to be required to accommodate airport employment growth, as the
                                        houses should be deleted.                        airport expands. The housing allocation for Bishop’s Stortford in not
                                                                                        considered to be inflated. It is based on Bishop’s Stortford’s share of the
                                                                                        District-wide requirement, based on relative size of settlements in East Herts




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D2/03528/BIS/005/O                  No ASR land in Bishop's Stortford should be    No Change in Response to this Objection
Prospect Planning on behalf of Mr   released for development until a Masterplan
Julian Reading                       has been agreed for the whole area within     Masterplanning work for potential development north of Bishop's Stortford is
                                    the bypass. Piecemeal development could        currently underway. It has always been the objective of the Council that land
Policy BIS3a                        prejudice the sustainable development of       is developed in a comprehensive and sustainable manner. No development
                                    this key resource identified in RSS14.         will be approved otherwise. However, it is considered important to retain
                                                                                   reference to the development of ASRs 1 & 2 in case allocated and windfall
                                                                                   sites in Bishop's Stortford do not come forward, in order to ensure the town's
                                                                                   housing apportionment is met.

D2/01439/BIS/004/O                  The original classification of 692 dwellings   No Change in Response to this Objection
Mr Philip S B Rowley                for airport workers has now been superseded
                                    by change in Government policy to "plan,       The residual 692 Stansted Airport related dwellings are an integral part of the
Policy BIS3a                        monitor, manage". The fact that 692 was         East Herts housing provision requirement to 2011, which in accordance with
                                    proved unnecessary from 1991-2006 (a           previous Government decisions, Hertfordshire Structure Plans and East Herts
                                    period of rapid growth) makes the concept      Local Plans, are to be built at Bishop’s Stortford, for which provision will need
                                    redundant. There is no more need to            to be made by 2011.
                                    provide dwellings for airport workers than
                                    there is "city workers". Re-write BIS3a        Stansted Airport now has permission to expand to 25 mppa and employment
                                    without reference to the 692 dwellings and     is anticipated to reach 16,000 by 2011. The need for additional dwellings as
                                    delete BIS3a (II) entirely.                    part of this expansion has been considered and it has been concluded that
                                                                                   existing numbers of dwellings already allocated in adopted and emerging
                                                                                   local plans would be sufficient. The residual 692 dwellings were included in
                                                                                   the calculations. Despite acknowledged staff efficiencies currently operating
                                                                                   at the airport, these airport-related dwellings are still considered to be
                                                                                   required to accommodate airport employment growth, as the airport expands.

D2/02146/BIS/004/O                  Changing working patterns at the airport and   No Change in Response to this Objection
Ms Katie Rowley                      Lea Valley mean the 692 residual airport
                                    workers housing no longer have to be           The residual 692 Stansted Airport related dwellings are an integral part of the
Policy BIS3a                        separately classified within the normal         East Herts housing provision requirement to 2011, which in accordance with
                                    11,100. As such the 692 residual need not      previous Government decisions, Hertfordshire Structure Plans and East Herts
                                    necessarily be targeted for Stortford.         Local Plans, are to be built at Bishop’s Stortford, for which provision will need
                                    Applying "plan, monitor manage" guidance       to be made by 2011.
                                    it would be unsustainable to do so. Delete
                                    all reference to residual 692 dwellings.       Stansted Airport now has permission to expand to 25 mppa and employment
                                                                                   is anticipated to reach 16,000 by 2011. The need for additional dwellings as
                                                                                   part of this expansion has been considered and it has been concluded that
                                                                                   existing numbers of dwellings already allocated in adopted and emerging
                                                                                   local plans would be sufficient. The residual 692 dwellings were included in
                                                                                   the calculations. Despite acknowledged staff efficiencies currently operating
                                                                                   at the airport, these airport-related dwellings are still considered to be
                                                                                   required to accommodate airport employment growth, as the airport expands.



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D2/11910/BIS/004/O             Special categorisation of 692 residual        No Change in Response to this Objection
Dr Heather E Rowley            dwellings for airport workers is now proven
                               out of date. The mentioned of 692 such        The residual 692 Stansted Airport related dwellings are an integral part of the
Policy BIS3a                   dwellings is only to give rationale for        East Herts housing provision requirement to 2011, which in accordance with
                               retaining conditional development of ASRs     previous Government decisions, Hertfordshire Structure Plans and East Herts
                               1 & 2. Re-write BIS3a without reference to    Local Plans, are to be built at Bishop’s Stortford, for which provision will need
                               residual 692 dwellings. Delete BIS3a (II)     to be made by 2011.

                                                                             Stansted Airport now has permission to expand to 25 mppa and employment
                                                                             is anticipated to reach 16,000 by 2011. The need for additional dwellings as
                                                                             part of this expansion has been considered and it has been concluded that
                                                                             existing numbers of dwellings already allocated in adopted and emerging
                                                                             local plans would be sufficient. The residual 692 dwellings were included in
                                                                             the calculations. Despite acknowledged staff efficiencies currently operating
                                                                             at the airport, these airport-related dwellings are still considered to be
                                                                             required to accommodate airport employment growth, as the airport expands.

D2/02172/BIS/001/O             Development within the north-west bypass      No Change in Response to this Objection
Ms J P M Sexton                will come directly under the flight path to
                               Stansted Airport. This is already a problem   One of the Noise Preferential Routes for departing aircraft from Stansted
Policy BIS3a                   for Thorley residents and should not be       borders the southern half of Bishop's Stortford. However the northern part of
                               repeated elsewhere in the town.               the town is not affected to the same degree and this is unlikely to be a
                                                                             consideration of development in this location.
D2/02172/BIS/002/O             The town cannot cope with present day         No Change in Response to this Objection
Ms J P M Sexton                traffic, so what will happen with a few
                               thousand more cars?                           Issues of traffic congestion and the need to maximise sustainable transport
Policy BIS3a                                                                 modes, particularly for journeys into the town centre, will be vital issues for
                                                                             any potential development to address. The transport impact of the
                                                                             development will need to be examined carefully, particularly in relation to
                                                                             both Hadham Road and Rye Street. Incorporating genuinely viable bus
                                                                             services is likely to be a key part of any development of this area. Developers
                                                                             will be required to contribute to sustainable transport modes in line with the




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D2/02172/BIS/003/O                   The outcome of the Stansted Airport             No Change in Response to this Objection
Ms J P M Sexton                      hearing in 2005 should be considered. If
                                     Stansted Airport loses there will be no need    The outcome of the Judicial Review of the Airports White Paper has now
Policy BIS3a                         for more houses.                                been received and considered. The issue of housing provision associated with
                                                                                      potential airport expansion involving an increase above 25 mppa will need
                                                                                     to be considered along with any relevant planning applications.

                                                                                     The residual 692 Stansted Airport related dwellings are an integral part of the
                                                                                      East Herts housing provision requirement to 2011, which in accordance with
                                                                                     previous Government decisions, Hertfordshire Structure Plans and East Herts
                                                                                     Local Plans, are to be built at Bishop’s Stortford, for which provision will need
                                                                                     to be made by 2011.

                                                                                     Stansted Airport now has permission to expand to 25 mppa and employment
                                                                                     is anticipated to reach 16,000 by 2011. The need for additional dwellings as
                                                                                     part of this expansion has been considered and it has been concluded that
                                                                                     existing numbers of dwellings already allocated in adopted and emerging
                                                                                     local plans would be sufficient. The residual 692 dwellings were included in
                                                                                     the calculations. Despite acknowledged staff efficiencies currently operating
                                                                                     at the airport, these airport-related dwellings are still considered to be
                                                                                     required to accommodate airport employment growth, as the airport expands.

D2/01964/BIS/016/O                   The development of ASRs 1 & 2 is likely to      No Change in Response to this Objection
Vincent & Gorbing on behalf of HCC   necessitate provision of a new primary
Corporate Services Dept              school in this part of Bishop's Stortford and   Potential development to the north of Bishop’s Stortford is the subject of
                                     the Local Plan should contain appropriate       ongoing consultants study work. This work will address the issue of the
Policy BIS3a                         provisions to ensure that it can be delivered   provision and delivery of a variety of community facilities. For the purposes of
                                     in a suitable location. Additional wording      this Local Plan Review paragraph 11.6.12 is considered to contain adequate
Site 160 & 167: ASR 1 & ASR2,        provided.                                       detail regarding the provision of community facilities. ASRs 1 and 2 are only,
Bishop's Stortford North
                                                                                     in effect, "reserve allocations" to be developed only if monitoring shows that
                                                                                     the Bishop’s Stortford apportionment of 756 dwellings, together with the 692
                                                                                     airport related dwellings are unable to be accommodated on other Bishop’s
                                                                                     Stortford Phases 1 and 2 allocated and windfall sites.

D2/03528/BIS/006/O                   The objector concurs with the comment of        No Change in Response to this Objection
Prospect Planning on behalf of Mr    the Council's Sustainability Appraisal that
Julian Reading                       "ASRs 1 & 2 are relatively distant from the     Comments acknowledged. A robust Green Travel Plan will be an essential
                                     town centre and sustainable transport           part of any development of the ASRs.
Policy BIS3a                         modes". This strongly militates against
                                     development until a robust Green Travel
Site 160 & 167: ASR 1 & ASR2,        Plan has been agreed.
Bishop's Stortford North




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D2/03809/BIS/045/O                      An objection is made to the failure to be       No Change in Response to this Objection
Wood Frampton on behalf of Bovis        transparent as to the provisions of the
Homes Ltd & Wimpey Homes UK Ltd         Sustainable Communities Plan, the               It is anticipated that due to the provision of further brownfield/previously
                                        emerging RSS14 and the Masterplanning           developed land, particularly in and adjacent to Bishop’s Stortford town centre,
Policy BIS3a                            exercise funded by ODPM. There is no             that development of the Bishop’s Stortford North Areas of Special Restraint
                                        sound basis for a policy that assumes no        (ASRs) will not be required in the Plan period to 2011, either for local needs
Site 160,167,176,188 & 192: ASR's 1,    judgement can be made on the need for           or for airport-related housing. Nevertheless Policy BIS3a contains a
2, 3, 4, & 5, Bishops Stortford North
                                        this land for housing prior to 2006. The Plan   contingency plan in the event that monitoring shows that these brownfield
                                         should be amended to make provision for        sites will not come forward within the Plan period. Deferring any judgement
                                        Stansted related housing, and to be more        on whether ASRs 1 & 2 are required to meet housing needs until 2006
                                        transparent as above.                           enables a long-term view to be taken as to which sites are likely to come

D2/03876/BIS/001/O                      Object to the development of ASRs 1 to 5 in     No Change in Response to this Objection
Mr Tony V. Hackman                       relation to the traffic generated onto
                                        Hadham Road and Rye Street. These two           Issues of traffic congestion and the need to maximise sustainable transport
Policy BIS3a                            roads are already inadequate for the present    modes, particularly for journeys into the town centre, will be vital issues for
                                         flows. The usual official response points to   any potential development to address. The transport impact of the
Site 160,167,176,188 & 192: ASR's 1,    the need to maximise "sustainable traffic       development will need to be examined carefully, particularly in relation to
2, 3, 4, & 5, Bishops Stortford North   modes" i.e. buses. A frequent subsidised bus    both Hadham Road and Rye Street. Incorporating genuinely viable bus
                                        service or road widening scheme should be       services is likely to be a key part of any development of this area. Developers
                                        paid for by the developers. The density of      will be required to contribute to sustainable transport modes in line with the
                                        development should also be lower, say 6         impact of the development.

                                                                                        Government guidance puts a lower limit on greenfield development density
                                                                                        of 30 dwellings per hectare or around 12 dwellings per acre. Development
                                                                                        below this density would be unlikely to meet with government approval. It
                                                                                        would also be unlikely to create the conditions whereby the need to travel is
                                                                                        minimised. Higher densities can make bus services more viable, for example,
                                                                                        and can also support a mix of uses to further reduce dependence on the
D2/03567/BIS/002/O                      The Local Plan conflicts with the               No Change in Response to this Objection
J B Planning Associates Ltd on behalf   Masterplanning work recently commissioned
of Kier Land Ltd                        by the Council. The Masterplan does not         The ongoing consultants study work into the masterplanning of any future
                                        give priority to ASRs 1 & 2 over 3, 4 & 5 as    development of this area is examining the area as a whole aside from
Policy BIS3a                            the Local Plan does, nor does it include a      existing ASR or SCA designations. This work is as yet unfinished and it would
                                        SCA designation. Under policy BIS3a, ASR1       be inappropriate to alter the content of longstanding local planning policy on
Site 160,167,176,188 & 192: ASR's 1,     is envisaged as meeting housing need           this basis. In any event, it is anticipated that due to the provision of further
2, 3, 4, & 5, Bishops Stortford North
                                        whereas the masterplan identifies ASR1 for      brownfield/previously developed land, particularly in and adjacent to Bishop’s
                                        employment land with an element of              Stortford town centre, that development of the Bishop’s Stortford North Areas
                                        mixed-use/live-work units. The SCA              of Special Restraint (ASRs) and the SCA will not be required in the Plan
                                        designation should be replaced by an ASR.       period to 2011.
                                        Preference for ASRs 1 & 2 should be
                                        deleted. The Masterplan should be referred
                                        to.
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D2/02054/BIS/010/O                      Objection is made to the identification, in   No Change in Response to this Objection
Pegasus Planning Group on behalf of     isolation, of ASRs 1 & 2. All five ASRs
Persimmon Homes (Essex) Limited         should be named in this Policy to allow       The District Council has considered the issue of the phasing of any potential
                                        flexibility to ensure the apportionment to    development of the ASRs. ASRs 1 and 2 were selected for initial
Policy BIS3a                            Bishop's Stortford is met and to respond to   development on the basis of their proximity to the existing developments and
                                        changes to RSS14. Amended text provided.      infrastructure of Bishop’s Park and St Michael’s Mead, including the Tesco
Site 160,167,176,188 & 192: ASR's 1,
2, 3, 4, & 5, Bishops Stortford North                                                 supermarket. Hadham Road was also deemed to be a more suitable feeder
                                                                                      road than Rye Street.

                                                                                      Potential development to the north of Bishop’s Stortford is the subject of
                                                                                      ongoing consultants study work. This work will address the issue of the most
                                                                                      sustainable form and phasing of development. However for the purposes of
                                                                                      this Local Plan Review Policy BIS3a will retain reference to ASRs 1 and 2,
                                                                                      and not all five ASRs as suggested. ASRs 1 and 2 are only, in effect, "reserve
                                                                                      allocations" to be developed only if monitoring shows that the Bishop’s
                                                                                      Stortford apportionment of 756 dwellings, together with the 692 airport
                                                                                      related dwellings are unable to be accommodated on other Bishop’s Stortford
                                                                                       Phases 1 and 2 allocated and windfall sites.




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D2/01629/BIS/040/O                      Without prejudice to our overall objections     No Change in Response to this Objection
Andrew Martin Associates on behalf of   on the dwelling distribution strategy, if the
Countryside Properties Ltd              dwelling allocation to Bishop's Stortford       Comments noted regarding the benefits of ASR5 and adjoining land. The
                                        remains unchanged the most appropriate          District Council has considered the issue of the phasing of any potential
Policy BIS3a                            and sustainable location for this               development of the ASRs. ASRs 1 and 2 were selected for initial
                                        development is ASRs 5, 4 & 3 rather than        development on the basis of their proximity to the existing developments and
Site 176, 188 & 192: ASR 3, ASR 4 &     ASRs 1 & 2. Policy BIS3a should be              infrastructure of Bishop’s Park and St Michael’s Mead, including the Tesco
ASR 5 Bishop's Stortford North
                                        amended to this effect. Amended wording         supermarket. Hadham Road was also deemed to be a more suitable feeder
                                                                                        road than Rye Street.

                                                                                        ASRs 3, 4 and 5 are likely to be required to be developed together to form a
                                                                                        cohesive development. ASR5 is likely to be the least preferable of these three
                                                                                         areas on the basis that it is the most peripheral and the most prominent.
                                                                                        Indeed the Inspector reporting on the Local Plan Inquiry in July 1997 made
                                                                                        initial comments on the fact that ASR5 did not appear to relate well to the
                                                                                        existing built-up area of the town.

                                                                                        Potential development to the north of Bishop’s Stortford is the subject of
                                                                                        ongoing consultants study work. This work will address the issue of the most
                                                                                        sustainable form and phasing of development. However for the purposes of
                                                                                        this Local Plan Review, and particularly given that ASRs 1 and 2 are only, in
                                                                                        effect, "reserve allocations" to be developed only if monitoring shows that the
                                                                                        Bishop’s Stortford apportionment of 756 dwellings, together with the 692
                                                                                        airport related dwellings are unable to be accommodated on other Bishop’s
                                                                                        Stortford Phases 1 and 2 allocated and windfall sites, Policy BIS3a will retain
                                                                                        reference to ASRs 1 and 2, and not ASR5 as suggested.

D2/01629/BIS/046/O                      There is a need for a "whole settlement         No Change in Response to this Objection
Andrew Martin Associates on behalf of   strategy" approach to current and future
Countryside Properties Ltd              development at Bishop's Stortford, as           Comments noted. The housing apportionment to Bishop's Stortford is being
                                        envisaged by the Structure Plan. This           met mainly through the provision of brownfield/previously developed land,
Paragraph 11.6.12                       should set the long-term vision for the town    particularly in and adjacent to Bishop’s Stortford town centre. The
                                        and how development sites will contribute       development of these brownfield sites raises important issues, and these are
                                        towards this vision.                            being addressed through the site-specific policies in this Local Plan and
                                                                                        through the ongoing corporate activity of the Council.

                                                                                        It is anticipated that development of the Bishop’s Stortford North Areas of
                                                                                        Special Restraint (ASRs) will not be required in the Plan period to 2011. A
                                                                                        "Whole Settlement Strategy" or similar is likely to be appropriate, as and
                                                                                        when the ASRs are required. The relevant issues will be addressed through
                                                                                        the ongoing Masterplanning work for the town, including a multi-modal
                                                                                        transport study, and then through the Local Development Framework. It would
                                                                                         be inappropriate to begin work on a "Whole Settlement Strategy" at this
                                                                                        stage of Plan production.


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D2/01964/BIS/017/O                      The development of ASRs 1 & 2 is likely to      No Change in Response to this Objection
Vincent & Gorbing on behalf of HCC      necessitate provision of a new primary
Corporate Services Dept                 school in this part of Bishop's Stortford and   Potential development to the north of Bishop’s Stortford is the subject of
                                        the Local Plan should contain appropriate       ongoing consultants study work. This work will address the issue of the
Paragraph 11.6.12                       provisions to ensure that it can be delivered   provision and delivery of a variety of community facilities. For the purposes of
                                        in a suitable location. Additional wording      this Local Plan Review, and particularly given that ASRs 1 and 2 are only, in
Site 160 & 167: ASR 1 & ASR2,           provided.                                       effect, "reserve allocations" to be developed only if monitoring shows that the
Bishop's Stortford North
                                                                                        Bishop’s Stortford apportionment of 756 dwellings, together with the 692
                                                                                        airport related dwellings are unable to be accommodated on other Bishop’s
                                                                                        Stortford Phases 1 and 2 allocated and windfall sites, paragraph 11.6.12 is
                                                                                        considered to contain adequate detail regarding the provision of community

D2/03809/BIS/046/O                      An objection is made to paragraph 11.6.13.      No Change in Response to this Objection
Wood Frampton on behalf of Bovis        Land which is in the Green Belt is subject to
Homes Ltd & Wimpey Homes UK Ltd         strict development control policies. There is   Paragraph 11.6.13 is an extension of the Council's objective for a
                                        no justification for seeking further            comprehensive development package for the whole northern area. It is
Paragraph 11.6.13                       arrangements to ensure the land remains in      important that existing public rights of access and use of the area to the east
                                        such uses. Delete text.                         and south-east of ASR2 continue and are enhanced through any
                                                                                        development. This would be a key recreational resource were any
                                                                                        development to occur here. Green Belt protection would not bring about
                                                                                        adequate recreational enhancement.

D2/01629/BIS/047/O                      There is a need for a "whole settlement         No Change in Response to this Objection
Andrew Martin Associates on behalf of   strategy" approach to current and future
Countryside Properties Ltd              development at Bishop's Stortford, as           Comments noted. The housing apportionment to Bishop's Stortford is being
                                        envisaged by the Structure Plan. This           met mainly through the provision of brownfield/previously developed land,
Paragraph 11.6.13                       should set the long-term vision for the town    particularly in and adjacent to Bishop’s Stortford town centre. The
                                        and how development sites will contribute       development of these brownfield sites raises important issues, and these are
                                        towards this vision.                            being addressed through the site-specific policies in this Local Plan and
                                                                                        through the ongoing corporate activity of the Council.

                                                                                        It is anticipated that development of the Bishop’s Stortford North Areas of
                                                                                        Special Restraint (ASRs) will not be required in the Plan period to 2011. A
                                                                                        "Whole Settlement Strategy" or similar is likely to be appropriate, as and
                                                                                        when the ASRs are required. The relevant issues will be addressed through
                                                                                        the ongoing Masterplanning work for the town, including a multi-modal
                                                                                        transport study, and then through the Local Development Framework. It would
                                                                                         be inappropriate to begin work on a "Whole Settlement Strategy" at this
                                                                                        stage of Plan production.




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D2/03210/BIS/022/O                      An objection is made to paragraph 11.6.13         No Change in Response to this Objection
Old Road Securities PLC                 which is onerous and unnecessary as the
                                        land is already subject to Green Belt             Paragraph 11.6.13 is an extension of the Council's objective for a
Paragraph 11.6.13                       policies. Again it shows the negative             comprehensive development package for the whole northern area. It is
                                        attitude towards the development of the site.     important that existing public rights of access and use of the area to the east
                                                                                          and south-east of ASR2 continue and are enhanced through any
                                                                                          development. This would be a key recreational resource were any
                                                                                          development to occur here. Green Belt protection would not bring about
                                                                                          adequate recreational enhancement.

D2/03799/BIS/034/O                      Paragraph 11.10.2 indicates contributions         No Change in Response to this Objection
HCC Passenger Transport Unit            towards cycling and public footpath
                                        provision will be sought. The PTU suggest         Planning permission has now been granted for development of this site,
Section 11.10                           contributions towards passenger transport         subject to a planning obligation securing, among other issues, a contribution
                                        should also be sought, especially as there is     towards sustainable transport measures in line with the Bishop's Stortford
Site 171: 117-121 Hadham Road (former   a bus stop next to the site and this may be       Transportation Plan.
ASR), Bishop's Stortford                affected by development.

D2/03782/BIS/006/O                      This site is a greenfield site. Policy HSG1a      No Change in Response to this Objection
Bidwells Property Consultants on        requires a sequential approach using
behalf of Amicus The Union              previously developed sites before greenfield      It is acknowledged that Policy HSG1a requires the development of brownfield
                                         sites. Land at Whitehall College has              sites before greenfield sites. However, Policy HSG1a also states that sites will
Policy BIS6                             become available for redevelopment and            be assessed as to their location in relation to jobs, shops and services,
                                        should be allocated prior to greenfield sites.    particularly by non-car modes, and their ability to build communities. Site
Site 171: 117-121 Hadham Road (former
ASR), Bishop's Stortford                                                                  171 relates far better to the built up area of the town and existing services and
                                                                                           facilities than the proposed site at Whitehall College. There would be a
                                                                                          fundamental objection to development of the Whitehall College site on
                                                                                          Green Belt policy grounds. This issue would need to be addressed before any
                                                                                          consideration of the merits of the site under Policy HSG1a.
                                                                                          See also Summary of Appraisal of Potential Housing Sites in Bishop's

D2/01629/BIS/041/O                      In advance of a whole settlement approach         No Change in Response to this Objection
Andrew Martin Associates on behalf of   and "vision" for Bishop's Stortford, an
Countryside Properties Ltd              objection is made to the loss of the Reserve      Under Policy BIS9 (IIIa), this site will only be released for development if
                                        Secondary School site. The proposed               sufficient additional secondary school capacity is provided elsewhere.
Paragraph 11.12.1                       concentration of secondary schooling in the       If the proposed relocation of the two foundation schools occurs, sufficient
                                        south of the town needs to be balanced by         additional secondary school capacity will be added to obviate the need for
Site 164.2: Reserve Secondary School    alternative provision in the north and west. It   further new secondary schools in the town.
site, Hadham Road, Bishop's Stortford
                                        is inappropriate to release this site before
                                        proposals for the ASRs are finalised or
                                        alternative provision is made.




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D2/01182/BIS/006/O                      This is a better located site for a school than   No Change in Response to this Objection
Mr David Hodgen                          that proposed to the south of the town and
                                        would improve the geographical spread of          Under Policy BIS9 (IIIa), this site will only be released for development if
Paragraph 11.12.1                       schools across the town. It would also not        sufficient additional secondary school capacity is provided elsewhere. There
                                        result in the loss of Green Belt land. It         is calculated to be a shortfall in secondary education provision in Bishop's
Site 164.2: Reserve Secondary School    should not be released for any other purpose      Stortford over the coming years. To help meet this projected shortfall the two
site, Hadham Road, Bishop's Stortford    at this time.                                    foundation schools are proposing to relocate to the proposed new site. The
                                                                                          two current sites do not allow development of the schools to meet current
                                                                                          needs, irrespective of any growth proposed in and around Bishop's Stortford in
                                                                                           the Plan period to 2011. A survey was commissioned by the schools to
                                                                                          consider all possible alternative locations. The Hadham Road site was
                                                                                          identified but was found to be too small. There were no other suitable sites
                                                                                          found in or around Bishop's Stortford.

D2/01629/BIS/042/O                      In advance of a whole settlement approach         No Change in Response to this Objection
Andrew Martin Associates on behalf of   and "vision" for Bishop's Stortford, an
Countryside Properties Ltd              objection is made to the loss of the Reserve      Under Policy BIS9 (IIIa), this site will only be released for development if
                                        Secondary School site. The proposed               sufficient additional secondary school capacity is provided elsewhere.
Paragraph 11.12.2                       concentration of secondary schooling in the       If the proposed relocation of the two foundation schools occurs, sufficient
                                        south of the town needs to be balanced by         additional secondary school capacity will be added to obviate the need for
Site 164.2: Reserve Secondary School    alternative provision in the north and west. It   further new secondary schools in the town.
site, Hadham Road, Bishop's Stortford
                                        is inappropriate to release this site before
                                        proposals for the ASRs are finalised or
                                        alternative provision is made.

D2/01629/BIS/043/O                      In advance of a whole settlement approach         No Change in Response to this Objection
Andrew Martin Associates on behalf of   and "vision" for Bishop's Stortford, an
Countryside Properties Ltd              objection is made to the loss of the Reserve      Under Policy BIS9 (IIIa), this site will only be released for development if
                                        Secondary School site. The proposed               sufficient additional secondary school capacity is provided elsewhere.
Paragraph 11.12.3                       concentration of secondary schooling in the       If the proposed relocation of the two foundation schools occurs, sufficient
                                        south of the town needs to be balanced by         additional secondary school capacity will be added to obviate the need for
Site 164.2: Reserve Secondary School    alternative provision in the north and west. It   further new secondary schools in the town.
site, Hadham Road, Bishop's Stortford
                                        is inappropriate to release this site before
                                        proposals for the ASRs are finalised or
                                        alternative provision is made.
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D2/01629/BIS/045/O                      There is a need for a "whole settlement          No Change in Response to this Objection
Andrew Martin Associates on behalf of   strategy" approach to current and future
Countryside Properties Ltd              development at Bishop's Stortford, as            Comments noted. The housing apportionment to Bishop's Stortford is being
                                        envisaged by the Structure Plan. This            met mainly through the provision of brownfield/previously developed land,
Policy BIS9                             should set the long-term vision for the town     particularly in and adjacent to Bishop’s Stortford town centre. The
                                        and how development sites will contribute        development of these brownfield sites raises important issues, and these are
                                        towards this vision.                             being addressed through the site-specific policies in this Local Plan and
                                                                                         through the ongoing corporate activity of the Council.

                                                                                         It is anticipated that development of the Bishop’s Stortford North Areas of
                                                                                         Special Restraint (ASRs) will not be required in the Plan period to 2011. A
                                                                                         "Whole Settlement Strategy" or similar is likely to be appropriate, as and
                                                                                         when the ASRs are required. The relevant issues will be addressed through
                                                                                         the ongoing Masterplanning work for the town, including a multi-modal
                                                                                         transport study, and then through the Local Development Framework. It would
                                                                                          be inappropriate to begin work on a "Whole Settlement Strategy" at this
                                                                                         stage of Plan production.

D2/03782/BIS/007/O                      This site is a greenfield site. Policy HSG1a     No Change in Response to this Objection
Bidwells Property Consultants on        requires a sequential approach using
behalf of Amicus The Union              previously developed sites before greenfield     It is acknowledged that Policy HSG1a requires the development of brownfield
                                         sites. Land at Whitehall College has             sites before greenfield sites. However Policy HSG1a also states that sites will
Policy BIS9                             become available for redevelopment and           be assessed as to their location in relation to jobs, shops and services,
                                        should be allocated prior to greenfield sites.   particularly by non-car modes, and their ability to build communities. Site
Site 164: Reserve Secondary School
Site, Hadham Road, Bishop's Stortford                                                    164 relates far better to the built up area of the town and existing services and
                                                                                          facilities than the proposed site at Whitehall College. There would be a
                                                                                         fundamental objection to development of the Whitehall College site on
                                                                                         Green Belt policy grounds. This issue would need to be addressed before any
                                                                                         consideration of the merits of the site under Policy HSG1a.
                                                                                         See also Summary of Appraisal of Potential Housing Sites in Bishop's

D2/01964/BIS/018/S                      Policy BIS9 as amended is now acceptable         Support Noted and Welcomed
Vincent & Gorbing on behalf of HCC      to the County Council. As a result of the new
Corporate Services Dept                  secondary school site identified in Policy      Comments noted.
                                        BIS24, there is expected to be sufficient
Policy BIS9                             secondary school capacity in the town to
                                        meet forseeable needs.
Site 164: Reserve Secondary School
Site, Hadham Road, Bishop's Stortford




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D2/01657/BIS/015/O                      Notwithstanding our objections to the loss of     No Change in Response to this Objection
Bishop's Stortford Civic Society        the school site, any alternative use for the
                                        site should not be housing but a park and         Comments on the benefits of Park and Ride facilities noted. PPG13:
Policy BIS9                             ride site. Such a site on the western side of     Transport states that Park and Ride proposals should be contained within the
                                        town is urgently needed to balance that on        Local Transport Plan. There are no proposals in Hertfordshire's Local
Site 164.1: Reserve Secondary School    the east of the town.                             Transport Plan (2001/02 - 2005/06) for Park & Ride facilities in East
site, Hadham Road, Bishop's Stortford
                                                                                          Hertfordshire and therefore it would be inappropriate to include a proposal,
                                                                                          particularly at this late stage of plan preparation. This issue will form part of
                                                                                          the ongoing masterplanning work for Bishop's Stortford.

D2/03809/BIS/047/O                      An objection is submitted to this allocation      No Change in Response to this Objection
Wood Frampton on behalf of Bovis        on the basis of the omission to allocate part
Homes Ltd & Wimpey Homes UK Ltd         of this site as a park and ride facility.         PPG13: Transport states that Park and Ride proposals should be contained
                                                                                          within the Local Transport Plan. There are no proposals in Hertfordshire's
Policy BIS9                                                                               Local Transport Plan (2001/02 - 2005/06) for Park & Ride facilities in East
Site 164.1: Reserve Secondary School                                                      Hertfordshire and therefore it would be inappropriate to include a proposal,
site, Hadham Road, Bishop's Stortford                                                     particularly at this late stage of plan preparation. This issue will form part of
                                                                                          the ongoing masterplanning work for Bishop's Stortford.

D2/01657/BIS/014/O                      This site is well located for a school, with      No Change in Response to this Objection
Bishop's Stortford Civic Society        lots of houses within walking distance. Even
                                        more houses could be close by if, in spite of     There is calculated to be a shortfall in secondary education provision in
Policy BIS9                             our objections, the ASRs are developed. It is     Bishop's Stortford over the coming years. To help meet this projected shortfall
                                         claimed the site is only large enough for a       the two foundation schools are proposing to relocate to the proposed new
Site 164.2: Reserve Secondary School    3-form entry school, yet Hockerill                site. The two current sites do not allow development of the schools to meet
site, Hadham Road, Bishop's Stortford   Anglo-European College is only 3-form             current needs, irrespective of any growth proposed in and around Bishop's
                                        entry. The site could be enlarged by              Stortford in the Plan period to 2011. A survey was commissioned by the
                                        relocating the fire station (a County service)    schools to consider all possible alternative locations. The Hadham Road site
                                        and accompanying housing, or using part of        was identified but was found to be too small. The purchase of additional land
                                        ASR1 for playing fields.                           around this site would be too expensive and make the relocation unviable.
                                                                                          There were no other suitable sites found in or around Bishop's Stortford.
                                                                                          The Local Education Authority have advised that the provision of a new
                                                                                          3-form entry secondary school would be unlikely to be viable. Where new
                                                                                          schools are concerned, the LEA have a policy of preferring larger schools.

D2/01629/BIS/044/O                      In advance of a whole settlement approach         No Change in Response to this Objection
Andrew Martin Associates on behalf of   and "vision" for Bishop's Stortford, an
Countryside Properties Ltd              objection is made to the loss of the Reserve      Under Policy BIS9 (IIIa), this site will only be released for development if
                                        Secondary School site. The proposed               sufficient additional secondary school capacity is provided elsewhere.
Policy BIS9                             concentration of secondary schooling in the       If the proposed relocation of the two foundation schools occurs, sufficient
                                        south of the town needs to be balanced by         additional secondary school capacity will be added to obviate the need for
Site 164.2: Reserve Secondary School    alternative provision in the north and west. It   further new secondary schools in the town.
site, Hadham Road, Bishop's Stortford
                                        is inappropriate to release this site before
                                        proposals for the ASRs are finalised or
                                        alternative provision is made.
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D2/03799/BIS/035/O                    General point: if the ASRs come forward for      No Change in Response to this Objection
HCC Passenger Transport Unit          development then there needs to be
                                      consideration of the passenger transport         Comments noted. Passenger transport provision will be considered as part of
Section 11.13                         access (e.g. road network and suitable bus       the ongoing Masterplanning work for this part of Bishop's Stortford.
                                      infrastructure) because at the present time,
                                      buses do not serve these areas.
D2/02624/BIS/001/O                    This site should either be added to the          No Change in Response to this Objection
Prospect Planning on behalf of Mr &   Green Belt or retained as part of ASR3.
Mrs T F W Grange                      Including this greenfield site within the        The Council does not consider this site to be suitable for inclusion as part of
                                      settlement limits opens up the possibility or    the strategic housing allocations known as the ASRs. However it also does not
Paragraph 11.13.4                     probability of early development,                consider it appropriate to include the site within the Green Belt. The site is
                                      particularly given the Council's positive        therefore proposed to be included in the settlement limits of the town.
Site 520.1: Formerly part of ASR 3,
Bishop's Stortford North
D2/03528/BIS/001/O                    No valid planning reason is seen for the         No Change in Response to this Objection
Prospect Planning on behalf of Mr     removal of the southern triangular tip of
Julian Reading                        land forming part of ASR3 from ASR status        The Council does not consider this site to be suitable for inclusion as part of
                                      and inclusion into the town boundary. The        the strategic housing allocations known as the ASRs. However it also does not
Paragraph 11.13.4                     land is not well located in terms of access by   consider it appropriate to include the site within the Green Belt. The site is
                                       non car means to the town centre. This is       therefore proposed to be included in the settlement limits of the town.
Site 520.2: Formerly part of ASR 3,   seen as a less than transparent move to
Bishop's Stortford North
                                      open up this land for development in the
                                      short term rather than in conformity with a
                                      masterplan which deals with all of the ASRs.
                                       The site should remain part of ASR3.

D2/01566/BIS/022/S                    The Town Council welcomes and strongly           Support Noted and Welcomed
Bishop's Stortford Town Council       supports the proposal to alter the boundaries
                                       of the ASRs to exclude Whitehall Leys and
Paragraph 11.13.4                     its surrounding triangle of wooded land.
Site 520.3: Formerly part of ASR 3,
Bishop's Stortford North




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D2/03804/BIS/013/O                      On the basis that the Local Plan is to reflect   No Change in Response to this Objection
Boyer Planning Limited on behalf of     the spatial strategy and development
The Fairfield Partnership               requirements arising from draft RSS14, and       It is anticipated that due to the provision of further brownfield/previously
                                        that Policy BIS2 now contains a strategic        developed land, particularly in and adjacent to Bishop’s Stortford town centre,
Policy BIS10                            allocation north of Bishop's Stortford,           that development of the Bishop’s Stortford North Areas of Special Restraint
                                        Section 11.13 and Policy BIS10, relating to      (ASRs) will not be required in the Plan period to 2011.
                                        the Areas of Special Restraint, are
                                        redundant and should be deleted.                 The emerging East of England Plan - Draft Regional Spatial Strategy -
                                                                                         December 2004, only completed public consultation in March 2005. It is
                                                                                         subject to the due processes of public examination, modification and final
                                                                                         adoption, anticipated in late 2006. The Draft East of England Plan -
                                                                                         December 2004 acknowledges at paragraph 4.7 that:

                                                                                         "Draft RSS strategy therefore is to continue the existing RSS strategy in the
                                                                                         first 5-10 years in recognition of local development plans now being
                                                                                         completed. Thereafter the strategy will gradually change."

                                                                                         As and when the Regional Spatial Strategy is adopted, appropriate provision
                                                                                         will be made. It is important, however, that such provision is made through
                                                                                         the Local Development Framework, rather than through more informal
                                                                                         masterplanning processes.

D2/01657/BIS/016/O                      The ASRs are not capable of being                No Change in Response to this Objection
Bishop's Stortford Civic Society        developed in a sustainable manner.
                                        However well planned the local settlement        It is not considered appropriate to include the ASRs within the Green Belt as
Policy BIS10                            is, the communication links between the          they have long been identified as having potential to meet future
                                        ASRs and the town centre are not capable         requirements for housing. The phased release of housing sites as set out in
Site 160,167,176,188 & 192: ASR's 1,    of significant improvement and developing        amended policy HSG1 aims to ensure that greenfield sites will only come
2, 3, 4, & 5, Bishops Stortford North   the ASRs will create gridlock in the town.       forward if the number of brownfield sites that come forward within the Plan
                                        The ASRs should be redesignated Green            period would lead to an undersupply of land for housing.

                                                                                         It is not accepted that the ASRs cannot be developed in a sustainable
                                                                                         manner. Part of the rationale behind allocating development in the District’s
                                                                                         main towns is that it allows residents to use modes of transport other than the
                                                                                         car to access services and facilities. Government guidance in PPG3: Housing
                                                                                         indicates that in sustainability terms the most preferable development option,
                                                                                         after developing brownfield sites, should be a sustainable urban extension.
                                                                                         The development of the ASRs, at the appropriate time, is proposed as such a
                                                                                         sustainable urban extension. The issue of improving communication links
                                                                                         between the ASRs and the town centre will be a crucial issue as part of any
                                                                                         development. This issue is also an important feature of the ongoing
                                                                                         masterplanning and transportation study work.




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D2/01657/BIS/017/O                      It is unlikely that other service providers (eg   No Change in Response to this Objection
Bishop's Stortford Civic Society        the NHS) will provide infrastructure to
                                        support the expanded population as a result       It is not considered appropriate to include the ASRs within the Green Belt as
Policy BIS10                            of development of the ASRs, and this plan         they have long been identified as having potential to meet future
                                        as drafted positively supports the relocation     requirements for housing. The District Council will seek to ensure that
Site 160,167,176,188 & 192: ASR's 1,    of educational facilities to the opposite side    additional appropriate investment is made to provide services to new and
2, 3, 4, & 5, Bishops Stortford North   of the town from the ASRs. The ASRs should        existing residents. Many facilities, such as schools and hospitals, are not the
                                        be redesignated Green Belt.                       responsibility of the District Council as local planning authority. Where this is
                                                                                          the case, the District Council will continue to work closely with service
                                                                                          providers to seek to secure appropriate funding. Where the District Council has
                                                                                           responsibility, policies are being put in place to ensure proper provision is
                                                                                          made. Co-ordination and consultation takes place with service providers,
                                                                                          although there is often a transition period before new facilities become
                                                                                          available.

                                                                                          New development should not involve unreasonable additional expenditure by
                                                                                           the public sector, or a burden on the existing community. The new
                                                                                          Implementation Chapter in this Plan sets out the District Council’s approach to
                                                                                           securing contributions from developers towards new infrastructure and
                                                                                          paragraphs 10.12.4 and 18.5.2 specifically refer to health care provision as
                                                                                          part of new development.
D2/03210/BIS/023/O                      An objection is made to Policy BIS10 as it        No Change in Response to this Objection
Old Road Securities PLC                 does not reflect the current regional and
                                        national policies/proposals relating to the       It is anticipated that due to the provision of further brownfield/previously
Policy BIS10                            release of this land in response to the           developed land, particularly in and adjacent to Bishop’s Stortford town centre,
                                        Sustainable Communities Plan and                   that development of the Bishop’s Stortford North Areas of Special Restraint
Site 160,167,176,188 & 192: ASR's 1,    emerging RSS14. The policy should also            (ASRs) will not be required in the Plan period to 2011.
2, 3, 4, & 5, Bishops Stortford North   acknowledge that the release of this land
                                        may be addressed and allowed through the          The emerging East of England Plan - Draft Regional Spatial Strategy -
                                        provisions of a master plan instead of the        December 2004, only completed public consultation in March 2005. It is
                                        LDF process (or review of the Local Plan).        subject to the due processes of public examination, modification and final
                                                                                          adoption, anticipated in late 2006. The Draft East of England Plan -
                                                                                          December 2004 acknowledges at paragraph 4.7 that:

                                                                                          "Draft RSS strategy therefore is to continue the existing RSS strategy in the
                                                                                          first 5-10 years in recognition of local development plans now being
                                                                                          completed. Thereafter the strategy will gradually change."

                                                                                          As and when the Regional Spatial Strategy is adopted, appropriate provision
                                                                                          will be made. It is important, however, that such provision is made through
                                                                                          the Local Development Framework, rather than through more informal
                                                                                          masterplanning processes.




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D2/02054/BIS/011/BIS                    Objection is made to the identification, in    No Change in Response to this Objection
Pegasus Planning Group on behalf of     isolation, of ASRs 1 & 2. All five ASRs
Persimmon Homes (Essex) Limited         should be named in this Policy to allow        The District Council has considered the issue of the phasing of any potential
                                        flexibility to ensure the apportionment to     development of the ASRs. ASRs 1 and 2 were selected for initial
Policy BIS10                            Bishop's Stortford is met. Amended text        development on the basis of their proximity to the existing developments and
Site 160,167,176,188 & 192: ASR's 1,                                                   infrastructure of Bishop’s Park and St Michael’s Mead, including the Tesco
2, 3, 4, & 5, Bishops Stortford North                                                  supermarket. Hadham Road was also deemed to be a more suitable feeder
                                                                                       road than Rye Street.

                                                                                       Potential development to the north of Bishop’s Stortford is the subject of
                                                                                       ongoing consultants study work. This work will address the issue of the most
                                                                                       sustainable form and phasing of development. However for the purposes of
                                                                                       this Local Plan Review Policy BIS3a will retain reference to ASRs 1 and 2,
                                                                                       and not all five ASRs as suggested. ASRs 1 and 2 are only, in effect, "reserve
                                                                                       allocations" to be developed only if monitoring shows that the Bishop’s
                                                                                       Stortford apportionment of 756 dwellings, together with the 692 airport
                                                                                       related dwellings are unable to be accommodated on other Bishop’s Stortford
                                                                                        Phases 1 and 2 allocated and windfall sites.

D2/02054/BIS/012/O                      The emerging RSS14 implies a doubling of       No Change in Response to this Objection
Pegasus Planning Group on behalf of     housebuilding in the district. This document
Persimmon Homes (Essex) Limited         could be adopted before the Local Plan is      The emerging East of England Plan - Draft Regional Spatial Strategy -
                                        adopted. Provision must be made in this        December 2004, only completed public consultation in March 2005. It is
Policy BIS10                            Local Plan to meet the requirements of         subject to the due processes of public examination, modification and final
                                        RSS14. Policy BIS10 should amended to          adoption, anticipated in late 2006. The Draft East of England Plan -
Site 160,167,176,188 & 192: ASR's 1,    allocate ASRs 1-5 for such development.        December 2004 acknowledges at paragraph 4.7 that:
2, 3, 4, & 5, Bishops Stortford North
                                        Amended text provided.
                                                                                       "Draft RSS strategy therefore is to continue the existing RSS strategy in the
                                                                                       first 5-10 years in recognition of local development plans now being
                                                                                       completed. Thereafter the strategy will gradually change."




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D2/03809/BIS/048/O                      An objection is submitted to Policy BIS10.       No Change in Response to this Objection
Wood Frampton on behalf of Bovis        This policy should be transparent and
Homes Ltd & Wimpey Homes UK Ltd         recognise that ASRs 3,4 & 5 may be               The emerging East of England Plan - Draft Regional Spatial Strategy -
                                        released for development in response to the      December 2004, only completed public consultation in March 2005. It is
Policy BIS10                            provisions of the Sustainable Communities        subject to the due processes of public examination, modification and final
                                        Plan and the emerging East of England            adoption, anticipated in late 2006. The Draft East of England Plan -
Site 176, 188 & 192: ASR 3, ASR 4 &     Plan. The release of the land may be             December 2004 acknowledges at paragraph 4.7 that:
ASR 5 Bishop's Stortford North
                                        allowed through the provisions of a Master
                                                                                         "Draft RSS strategy therefore is to continue the existing RSS strategy in the
                                                                                         first 5-10 years in recognition of local development plans now being
                                                                                         completed. Thereafter the strategy will gradually change."

                                                                                         As and when the Regional Spatial Strategy is adopted, appropriate provision
                                                                                         will be made. It is important, however, that such provision is made through
                                                                                         the Local Development Framework, rather than through more informal
                                                                                         masterplanning processes.

D2/03567/BIS/005/O                      The failure to allocate this site as an ASR is   No Change in Response to this Objection
J B Planning Associates Ltd on behalf   inconsistent with emerging Masterplan work,
of Kier Land Ltd                        ignores the emerging RSS and the merits of       The emerging East of England Plan - Draft Regional Spatial Strategy -
                                        individual sites and represents a failure by     December 2004, only completed public consultation in March 2005. It is
Policy BIS10                            the Council to consider land south of the        subject to the due processes of public examination, modification and final
                                        A120 and north of the town holistically. The     adoption, anticipated in late 2006. The Draft East of England Plan -
Site 183: (part) Special Countryside    words "or as a result of guidance in RSS"        December 2004 acknowledges at paragraph 4.7 that:
Area, Bishop's Stortford
                                        should be included in the policy. This will
                                        help to future-proof the plan and provide        "Draft RSS strategy therefore is to continue the existing RSS strategy in the
                                        guidance to cater for increase levels of         first 5-10 years in recognition of local development plans now being
                                        growth.                                          completed. Thereafter the strategy will gradually change."

                                                                                         As and when the Regional Spatial Strategy is adopted, appropriate provision
                                                                                         will be made. It is important, however, that such provision is made through
                                                                                         the Local Development Framework, rather than through more informal
                                                                                         masterplanning processes.




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D2/01566/BIS/023/O                      The Town Council regrets the conclusion           No Change in Response to this Objection
Bishop's Stortford Town Council         reached that no new employment land
                                        should be included in the present revision of     The Council has set out (in paragraph 11.14.4) the reasons why it is not
Paragraph 11.14.4                        the Plan and supports the request of the         considered necessary or appropriate to identify additional land for
                                        Chamber of Commerce that additional land          employment purposes and the Council remains of this view, particularly at this
                                        should be allocated for general and light          stage of the Plan process. If there is a need for further premises then this
                                        industrial and, in particular, serviced offices   should be brought about by the reuse or redevelopment of existing
                                        and a Sea Bed Centre in Bishop's Stortford.       Employment Areas.

                                                                                          Masterplanning work for Bishop's Stortford as a whole is currently underway
                                                                                          and this will be incorporated into the Local Development Framework,
                                                                                          preparatory work for which will begin in 2006. The overall supply of
                                                                                          employment land and the potential for allocating additional sites would be
                                                                                          better considered in this context.
D2/02832/BIS/001/O                      Despite the Council's statement that it would     No Change in Response to this Objection
Prospect Planning on behalf of M & D     use the results of the study of the District's
Developments Ltd                        employment areas, the Re-Deposit Plan has         The Council has set out (in paragraph 11.14.4) the reasons why it is not
                                        failed to take on board the                       considered necessary or appropriate to identify additional land for
Paragraph 11.14.4                       recommendations of that study with regard         employment purposes and the Council remains of this view, particularly at this
                                        to the employment needs of Bishop's                stage of the Plan process. If there is a need for further premises then this
Site 509: Land east of the Woodside     Stortford. Site 509 is ideally suited to help     should be brought about by the reuse or redevelopment of existing
Industrial Estate, Bishop's Stortford
                                        meet identified need in the short term.           Employment Areas.
                                        There is serious commercial interest in the
                                        development of this land as an extension to       The proposed sites (sites 509 & 510) are located in the Green Belt and it
                                        Woodside Industrial Estate. Sites 509 and         would not be appropriate to propose such a Green Belt boundary change at
                                        510 should therefore be released from the         this late stage in the process. Masterplanning work for Bishop's Stortford as a
                                        Green Belt and site 509 designated as an          whole is currently underway and this will be incorporated into the Local
                                        Employment Area.                                  Development Framework, preparatory work for which will begin in 2006. The
                                                                                          overall supply of employment land and the potential for allocating additional
                                                                                           sites would be better considered in this context.




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D2/03870/BIS/001/O                      Despite the Council's statement that it would     No Change in Response to this Objection
Prospect Planning on behalf of           use the results of the study of the District's
                                        employment areas, the Re-Deposit Plan has         The Council has set out (in paragraph 11.14.4) the reasons why it is not
Paragraph 11.14.4                       failed to take on board the                       considered necessary or appropriate to identify additional land for
                                        recommendations of that study with regard         employment purposes and the Council remains of this view, particularly at this
Site 509 & 510: Land east of Woodside   to the employment needs of Bishop's                stage of the Plan process. If there is a need for further premises then this
Industrial Estate & Land between A120   Stortford. Land currently occupied by BSFC        should be brought about by the reuse or redevelopment of existing
& A1250, Bishop's Stortford             is ideally situated relative to Woodside          Employment Areas.
                                        Industrial Estate to help meet the town's
                                        need for employment land in the medium            The proposed sites (sites 509 & 510) are located in the Green Belt and it
                                        term, once alternative premises have been         would not be appropriate to propose such a Green Belt boundary change at
                                        found for the football club. It should            this late stage in the process. Masterplanning work for Bishop's Stortford as a
                                        therefore be released from the Green Belt         whole is currently underway and this will be incorporated into the Local
                                        and designated as an Employment Area for          Development Framework, preparatory work for which will begin in 2006. The
                                        development in the medium term.                   overall supply of employment land and the potential for allocating additional
                                                                                           sites would be better considered in this context.
D2/02835/BIS/001/O                      Despite the Council's statement that it would     No Change in Response to this Objection
Prospect Planning on behalf of Mr M      use the results of the study of the District's
Kingsbury                               employment areas, the Re-Deposit Plan has         The Council has set out (in paragraph 11.14.4) the reasons why it is not
                                        failed to take on board the                       considered necessary or appropriate to identify additional land for
Paragraph 11.14.4                       recommendations of that study with regard         employment purposes and the Council remains of this view, particularly at this
                                        to the employment needs of Bishop's                stage of the Plan process. If there is a need for further premises then this
Site 568: Land at Woodlands Lodge       Stortford. Land at Woodside Lodge, together       should be brought about by the reuse or redevelopment of existing
and Site 509, Dunmow Road, Bishop's
Stortford                                with site 509, is ideally suited to help meet    Employment Areas.
                                        identified need in the short term. Sites 509
                                        and 510 should therefore be released from         The proposed sites (sites 509 & 510) are located in the Green Belt and it
                                        the Green Belt and land at Woodside               would not be appropriate to propose such a Green Belt boundary change at
                                        Lodge, together with site 509, designated as      this late stage in the process. Masterplanning work for Bishop's Stortford as a
                                         an Employment Area.                              whole is currently underway and this will be incorporated into the Local
                                                                                          Development Framework, preparatory work for which will begin in 2006. The
                                                                                          overall supply of employment land and the potential for allocating additional
                                                                                           sites would be better considered in this context.




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D2/02832/BIS/002/O                      Despite the Council's statement that it would     No Change in Response to this Objection
Prospect Planning on behalf of M & D     use the results of the study of the District's
Developments Ltd                        employment areas, the Re-Deposit Plan has         The Council has set out (in paragraph 11.14.4) the reasons why it is not
                                        failed to take on board the                       considered necessary or appropriate to identify additional land for
Paragraph 11.14.5                       recommendations of that study with regard         employment purposes and the Council remains of this view, particularly at this
                                        to the employment needs of Bishop's                stage of the Plan process. If there is a need for further premises then this
Site 509: Land east of the Woodside     Stortford. Site 509 is ideally suited to help     should be brought about by the reuse or redevelopment of existing
Industrial Estate, Bishop's Stortford
                                        meet identified need in the short term.           Employment Areas.
                                        There is serious commercial interest in the
                                        development of this land as an extension to       The proposed sites (sites 509 & 510) are located in the Green Belt and it
                                        Woodside Industrial Estate. Sites 509 and         would not be appropriate to propose such a Green Belt boundary change at
                                        510 should therefore be released from the         this late stage in the process. Masterplanning work for Bishop's Stortford as a
                                        Green Belt and site 509 designated as an          whole is currently underway and this will be incorporated into the Local
                                        Employment Area.                                  Development Framework, preparatory work for which will begin in 2006. The
                                                                                          overall supply of employment land and the potential for allocating additional
                                                                                           sites would be better considered in this context.
D2/03870/BIS/002/O                      Despite the Council's statement that it would     No Change in Response to this Objection
Prospect Planning on behalf of           use the results of the study of the District's
                                        employment areas, the Re-Deposit Plan has         The Council has set out (in paragraph 11.14.4) the reasons why it is not
Paragraph 11.14.5                       failed to take on board the                       considered necessary or appropriate to identify additional land for
                                        recommendations of that study with regard         employment purposes and the Council remains of this view, particularly at this
Site 509 & 510: Land east of Woodside   to the employment needs of Bishop's                stage of the Plan process. If there is a need for further premises then this
Industrial Estate & Land between A120   Stortford. Land currently occupied by BSFC        should be brought about by the reuse or redevelopment of existing
& A1250, Bishop's Stortford             is ideally situated relative to Woodside          Employment Areas.
                                        Industrial Estate to help meet the town's
                                        need for employment land in the medium            The proposed sites (sites 509 & 510) are located in the Green Belt and it
                                        term, once alternative premises have been         would not be appropriate to propose such a Green Belt boundary change at
                                        found for the football club. It should            this late stage in the process. Masterplanning work for Bishop's Stortford as a
                                        therefore be released from the Green Belt         whole is currently underway and this will be incorporated into the Local
                                        and designated as an Employment Area for          Development Framework, preparatory work for which will begin in 2006. The
                                        development in the medium term.                   overall supply of employment land and the potential for allocating additional
                                                                                           sites would be better considered in this context.




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D2/02835/BIS/002/O                        Despite the Council's statement that it would     No Change in Response to this Objection
Prospect Planning on behalf of Mr M        use the results of the study of the District's
Kingsbury                                 employment areas, the Re-Deposit Plan has         The Council has set out (in paragraph 11.14.4) the reasons why it is not
                                          failed to take on board the                       considered necessary or appropriate to identify additional land for
Paragraph 11.14.5                         recommendations of that study with regard         employment purposes and the Council remains of this view, particularly at this
                                          to the employment needs of Bishop's                stage of the Plan process. If there is a need for further premises then this
Site 568: Land at Woodlands Lodge         Stortford. Land at Woodside Lodge, together       should be brought about by the reuse or redevelopment of existing
and Site 509, Dunmow Road, Bishop's
Stortford                                  with site 509, is ideally suited to help meet    Employment Areas.
                                          identified need in the short term. Sites 509
                                          and 510 should therefore be released from         The proposed sites (sites 509 & 510) are located in the Green Belt and it
                                          the Green Belt and land at Woodside               would not be appropriate to propose such a Green Belt boundary change at
                                          Lodge, together with site 509, designated as      this late stage in the process. Masterplanning work for Bishop's Stortford as a
                                           an Employment Area.                              whole is currently underway and this will be incorporated into the Local
                                                                                            Development Framework, preparatory work for which will begin in 2006. The
                                                                                            overall supply of employment land and the potential for allocating additional
                                                                                             sites would be better considered in this context.
D2/03785/BIS/011/O                        Land to the east of the allocated                 No Change in Response to this Objection
Woods Hardwick Planning Ltd on            Employment Area of Woodside Industrial
behalf of Bishop's Stortford Football     Estate is suitable for employment                 The Council has set out (in paragraph 11.14.4) the reasons why it is not
Club                                      development and should be allocated as            considered necessary or appropriate to identify additional land for
                                          such. Amend Policy BIS11(v).                      employment purposes and the Council remains of this view, particularly at this
Policy BIS11                                                                                 stage of the Plan process. If there is a need for further premises then this
Site 572.2: Bishop's Stortford Football                                                     should be brought about by the reuse or redevelopment of existing
Club, Dunmow Road, Bishop's Stortford                                                       Employment Areas.

                                                                                            The proposed site is located in the Green Belt and it would not be
                                                                                            appropriate to propose such a Green Belt boundary change at this late stage
                                                                                            in the process. Masterplanning work for Bishop's Stortford as a whole is
                                                                                            currently underway and this will be incorporated into the Local Development
                                                                                            Framework, preparatory work for which will begin in 2006. The overall supply
                                                                                            of employment land and the potential for allocating additional sites would be
                                                                                             better considered in this context.
D2/01647/BIS/075/O                        An additional subsection is needed to             No Change in Response to this Objection
Environment Agency                        ensure that new development protects the
                                          river and its corridor for its nature             The need to protect the River Stort is acknowledged. However the principle of
Policy BIS14                              conservation interests. We are concerned           such protection is established in overarching policies in Chapter 8:
                                          that point (d) will result in unacceptable        Environment and Design. The Local Planning Authority will assess the impact
                                          levels of environmental harm. We do not            of proposals against all the policies in the Plan. The balance between
                                          oppose the principle of a mooring basin but       development and environmental protection does not therefore need to be
                                          this must not be at the expense of nature         stated explicitly in each policy. It may be necessary where a policy poses a
                                          conservation interests or landscape features.     direct threat to identified features of interest, but this is not the case for Policy




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D2/03799/BIS/036/O                      BIS14 (II) (c) Change "public transport" to      Policy to be Amended
HCC Passenger Transport Unit            "passenger transport" for consistency with
                                        documents.                                       Agreed.
Policy BIS14


D2/03784/BIS/002/O                      Land at Woodside should be allocated as a        No Change in Response to this Objection
Bidwells Property Consultants on        new Employment Area in this plan review.
behalf of Mr & Mrs Kingsbury            Delete reference to "Town Centre Sites".         The Council has set out (in paragraph 11.14.4) the reasons why it is not
                                        New reference under this policy would refer      considered necessary or appropriate to identify additional land for
Policy BIS14                            to land at Woodside. No exercise has been        employment purposes and the Council remains of this view, particularly at this
                                        undertaken to test whether or not these sites     stage of the Plan process. If there is a need for further premises then this
Site 509 & 510: Land east of Woodside   still represent the best sites for employment    should be brought about by the reuse or redevelopment of existing
Industrial Estate & Land between A120
& A1250, Bishop's Stortford             use in terms of sustainability criteria and      Employment Areas.
                                        location.
                                                                                         The proposed site is located in the Green Belt and it would not be
                                                                                         appropriate to propose such a Green Belt boundary change at this late stage
                                                                                         in the process. Masterplanning work for Bishop's Stortford as a whole is
                                                                                         currently underway and this will be incorporated into the Local Development
                                                                                         Framework, preparatory work for which will begin in 2006. The overall supply
                                                                                         of employment land and the potential for allocating additional sites would be
                                                                                          better considered in this context.
D2/03870/BIS/003/O                      Policy BIS15 makes inadequate provision          No Change in Response to this Objection
Prospect Planning on behalf of          for office development. The recent
                                        Employment Land Study highlighted a              Policy BIS15 makes provision for a range of "town centre uses", including Use
Policy BIS15                            need within the District and this site is in a   Class B1. This reference is continued in the approved Development Brief for
                                        sustainable location as required by PPG13        the site. It is not considered appropriate to be more specific in terms of
Site 190: Goods Yard Site, London       and PPG6. The policy should specify a            defining a certain office floorspace at this stage.
Road, Bishop's Stortford                defined amount of office floorspace and
                                        make a corrseponding reduction in
                                        residential capacity.




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D2/03871/BIS/003/O                     Whilst we support the overall objectives for      No Change in Response to this Objection
DPP on behalf of Barratt Homes North   this site, we would seek some amendments.
London                                 The allocation should apply only to the           This site, in planning policy terms, has consisted of both the Goods Yard site
                                       Goods Yard Site. Using a similar density to       and the John Dyde site since the First Deposit Local Plan. For consistency, in
Policy BIS15                           the John Dyde site, the Goods Yard site           view of the need to limit major changes at this stage of the Plan, and given
                                       could accommodate 969 dwellings. As such          that the planning permission for the John Dyde site has not yet been
Site 190: Goods Yard Site, London      the existing target of 700 dwellings should       completed, the extent of the designation will remain as is. Paragraph 11.17.3
Road, Bishop's Stortford
                                       remain for the Goods Yard site only as it has      has been updated in relation to the John Dyde site. The aim of creating 700
                                        very little constraint on its development        units on the site as a whole includes around 200 being provided on the John
                                       potential.                                        Dyde site. The remaining figure of around 500 derives from the density
                                                                                         guidelines set out in the latest Development Brief being applied to the likely
                                                                                         developable part of the Goods Yard site. It was necessary to assess the likely
                                                                                         yield in terms of dwellings to aid the housing provision calculations. However
                                                                                         this number is a minimum rather than a maximum. The appropriate density
                                                                                         and capacity of the site will be established through the Development Control
                                                                                         process.
D2/03871/BIS/004/O                     Whilst we support the overall objectives for      No Change in Response to this Objection
DPP on behalf of Barratt Homes North   this site, we would seek some amendments.
London                                 The viability of the overall scheme should        Comments noted. The proportion of affordable housing and other
                                       be considered, particularly in relation to the    requirements will be established through negotiation at the time of a
Policy BIS15                           S106 costs of new infrastructure. This will       planning application, based on the provisions of the Local Plan. While the
                                       have implications for affordable housing          concern over viability is noted, it is not considered appropriate to specify
Site 190: Goods Yard Site, London      provision.                                        flexiblility in the application of these policies at this stage.
Road, Bishop's Stortford
D2/03871/BIS/005/O                     Whilst we support the overall objectives for      No Change in Response to this Objection
DPP on behalf of Barratt Homes North   this site, we would seek some amendments.
London                                 Criterion (e) should be reinstated and            The existing reference to food retailing in Policy BIS15 is considered
                                       clarified to the effect that any food retail      sufficient to guide future proposals. The proposed wording is not considered
Policy BIS15                           outlet is of a small nature aimed at serving      to materially add to the text.
                                       the needs of future residents of this and
Site 190: Goods Yard Site, London      surrounding sites. This ties in with main
Road, Bishop's Stortford
                                       policy paragraph that acknowledges the
                                       provision of a limited amount of retailing
                                       "including some food retailing".

D2/03871/BIS/006/O                     Whilst we support the overall objectives for      No Change in Response to this Objection
DPP on behalf of Barratt Homes North   this site, we would seek some amendments.
London                                 The site is proposed to fall within Zone 3 as     The issue of the proposed zonal approach to car parking is set out in the draft
                                       set out in the draft vehicle parking standards.   Supplementary Planning Document on Vehicle Parking Provision at New
Policy BIS15                            Given the site's highly sustainable location,    Development. This document will establish the relevant zones in each town
                                       Zone 2 would be more appropriate and              and queries over the extent of each zone will be considered in this context
Site 190: Goods Yard Site, London      would offer the flexibility to enable this        rather than in the context of the Local Plan Review.
Road, Bishop's Stortford
                                       development to proceed.
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D2/01657/BIS/018/O                    We welcome the addition of provision of a           Text to be Amended
Bishop's Stortford Civic Society      mooring basin to Policy BIS14. However the
                                       planning permission already given to the           Paragraph 11.17.3 has been amended to reflect the planning permission
Policy BIS15                          John Dyde site precludes the provision of a         granted for the John Dyde site. Reference to the provision of a mooring basin
                                      mooring basin there and the Goods Yard              has been included as a desirable element in the overall use of this site as a
Site 190: Goods Yard Site, London     site is unlikely to be suitable. Amend the          whole in order to encourage developers to give consideration to including
Road, Bishop's Stortford              policy to reflect the planning permission           such provision in their schemes.
                                      already granted.

D2/01635/BIS/008/O                    Unless already dealt with in the brief, the         No Change in Response to this Objection
British Waterways                     policy should refer to a requirement for
                                      environmental improvements to the towpath           Policy BIS14 provides guidance for the three main town centre sites. Issues of
Policy BIS15                           and the river corridor to enhance the quality      environmental improvement along the river corridor are dealt with in this
                                       of any new development and its waterside           policy, particularly criteria II(a) & (b). The Development Brief also offers
Site 190: Goods Yard Site, London     location. The character of this part of the         guidance on these issues. The provision of a mooring basin is encouraged
Road, Bishop's Stortford              river is defined by the tree belt and a             through Policy BIS14.
                                      significant number of frontage trees should
                                      be retained. There is also an opportunity to
                                      secure non-towpath moorings.

D2/01647/BIS/076/O                    A new subsection should be added to ensure          No Change in Response to this Objection
Environment Agency                     that development proposals respect and
                                      take into account its riverside position. The       The relationship between new development and the river is set out in Policy
Policy BIS15                          nature conservation interest of this area must      BIS14 and other overarching policies. It is not considered necessary to
                                       be an integral part of any proposal.               reiterate this in Policy BIS15.
Site 190: Goods Yard Site, London
Road, Bishop's Stortford
D2/03799/BIS/037/O                    If possible, make it clear (either in the text or   No Change in Response to this Objection
HCC Passenger Transport Unit           in a policy) that disruption to passenger
                                      transport network and passengers using the          Comments noted. However, these issues are considered too detailed for this
Policy BIS15                          bus station during the redevelopment should         Local Plan policy. The Local Planning Authority could consider these issues
                                       be kept to a minimum. Possibly include a           through the Development Control process.
Site 190: Goods Yard Site, London     sentence that the new bus interchange
Road, Bishop's Stortford              needs to be completed prior to the
                                      redevelopment of the existing bus station.

D2/02835/BIS/003/O                    Policy BIS15 makes inadequate provision             No Change in Response to this Objection
Prospect Planning on behalf of Mr M   for office development. The recent
Kingsbury                             Employment Land Study highlighted a                 Policy BIS15 makes provision for a range of "town centre uses", including Use
                                      need within the District and this site is in a      Class B1. This reference is continued in the approved Development Brief for
Policy BIS15                          sustainable location as required by PPG13           the site. It is not considered appropriate to be more specific in terms of
                                      and PPG6. The policy should specify a               defining a certain office floorspace at this stage.
Site 190: Goods Yard Site, London     defined amount of office floorspace and
Road, Bishop's Stortford
                                      make a corrseponding reduction in
                                      residential capacity.
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D2/02832/BIS/003/O                      Policy BIS15 makes inadequate provision           No Change in Response to this Objection
Prospect Planning on behalf of M & D    for office development. The recent
Developments Ltd                        Employment Land Study highlighted a               Policy BIS15 makes provision for a range of "town centre uses", including Use
                                        need within the District and this site is in a    Class B1. This reference is continued in the approved Development Brief for
Policy BIS15                            sustainable location as required by PPG13         the site. It is not considered appropriate to be more specific in terms of
                                        and PPG6. The policy should specify a             defining a certain office floorspace at this stage.
Site 190: Goods Yard Site, London       defined amount of office floorspace and
Road, Bishop's Stortford
                                        make a corrseponding reduction in
                                        residential capacity.

D2/01630/BIS/007/O                      The Goods Yard site has enormous potential        Text to be Amended
Hepher Dixon Ltd on behalf of Network    but is a complex site which has abnormal
Rail Infrastructure Ltd.                development costs and carries the burden of       Comments noted. The policy does not promote an upper limit on housing
                                         providing a significant amount of public         numbers but states that the aim should be to create a minimum of 700 units
Policy BIS15                            infrastructure. The policy framework must be      (including the John Dyde site). This figure is based on the densities set out in
                                        realistic and reflect the realities of bringing   the latest Development Brief. The planning permission for the John Dyde site
Site 190: Goods Yard Site, London       the site forward. The policy should not           has now been referred to in the supporting text. The policy is considered to
Road, Bishop's Stortford
                                        promote an upper limit on housing numbers         draw appropriately on the existing Development Briefs without repeating
                                        but should indicate minimum densities. The        them. These Briefs will be material considerations in the Development
                                         policy should acknowledge the existing           Control process. The proportion of affordable housing and other requirements
                                        planning permission for the John Dyde site.       will be established through negotiation at the time of a planning application,
                                        The policy should make use of the previous        based on the provisions of the Local Plan. While the concern over viability is
                                        development briefs. The policy should be          noted, it is not considered appropriate to specify flexiblility in the application
                                        realistic about the costs of developing the       of these policies.
                                        site and state that other policies (eg
                                        affordable housing) will be applied flexibly.

D2/01652/BIS/002/O                      Royal Mail, as a statutory undertaker,            No Change in Response to this Objection
ATIS REAL Weatheralls on behalf of      request that they be consulted at an early
Royal Mail Property Holdings            stage with regard to future development of        The development of this site will require consultation with a wide range of
                                        this site. Royal Mail wishes to assess whether    organisations. It would be inappropriate to list all such consultees within the
Policy BIS15                             future applications impact on their interests    policy. However comments raised in this objection have been passed to the
                                        or operations. This should be mentioned in        Council's Development Control team.
Site 190: Goods Yard Site, London       the policy.
Road, Bishop's Stortford
D2/03871/BIS/001/O                      Whilst we support the overall objectives for      No Change in Response to this Objection
DPP on behalf of Barratt Homes North    this site, we would seek some amendments.
London                                  The John Dyde element of the site should          Paragraph 11.17.3 has been amended to acknowledge the planning
                                        be deleted as this has now received               permission granted for the John Dyde site. However, given that this permission
Policy BIS15                            planning permission. Development Plans             has not yet been fully implemented, it is considered appropriate to retain
                                        need to be kept up to date.                       reference to this part of the site.
Site 514: Former John Dyde Training
College, Bishop's Stortford
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D2/01657/BIS/019/O                        This is now the only town centre                  No Change in Response to this Objection
Bishop's Stortford Civic Society          development site for which planning
                                          permission has not been given and which           Policy BIS14 encourages consideration of a mooring basin on the three main
Policy BIS16                              would be suitable for enhanced recreational       town centre sites. However, it is not considered appropriate to make this a
                                          use of the river. The requirement for a           requirement. The Council is currently formulating a Development Brief for this
Site 187: Mill Site, Station Road/Dane    mooring basin should be added to this              site, which can establish a more detailed framework of guidance. The
Street, Bishop's Stortford                policy. Other uses should be such as to           proposed uses can be considered through this process.
                                          minimise car use, including possibly car-free

D2/01647/BIS/077/O                        The nature conservation importance of the         No Change in Response to this Objection
Environment Agency                        river frontage must also be taken into
                                          account as part of any proposals for this site.   The nature conservation importance of the river frontage is acknowledged.
Policy BIS16                                                                                However the principle of conservation of such features is established in
Site 187: Mill Site, Station Road/Dane                                                      overarching policies in Chapter 8: Environment and Design. The Local
Street, Bishop's Stortford                                                                  Planning Authority will assess the impact of proposals against all the policies
                                                                                            in the Plan. The balance between development and environmental
                                                                                            protection does not therefore need to be stated explicitly in each policy. It
                                                                                            may be necessary where a policy poses a direct threat to identified features of
                                                                                             interest, but this is not the case for Policy BIS16.

D2/01635/BIS/007/S                        We welcome the opportunity to work closely        Support Noted and Welcomed
British Waterways                         with the Council in the preparation of a
                                          development brief for the site and supports       Comments noted. The Council is currently formulating a Development Brief
Policy BIS16                              the residential-led mixed-use designation.        for this site, which can establish a more detailed framework of guidance. The
                                          We support the need to take into account          proposals can be considered through this process.
Site 187: Mill Site, Station Road/Dane    the amenity potential of the river frontage.
Street, Bishop's Stortford                The towpath should be widened and
                                          improved to facilitate enhanced pedestrian
                                          and cycle links and to minimise conflict with
                                          boaters using the visitor moorings.

D2/01647/BIS/078/O                        The focus in this section should not just be      No Change in Response to this Objection
Environment Agency                        on recreation. There is also an opportunity
                                          to improve the nature conservation interest       The nature conservation importance of the river frontage is acknowledged.
Paragraph 11.17.10                        of this site through redevelopment. It is         However the principle of conservation of such features is established in
                                          standard Environment Agency practice to           overarching policies in Chapter 8: Environment and Design. The Local
Site 184: Riverside/Adderley Road Site,   seek, as part of development schemes, the         Planning Authority will assess the impact of proposals against all the policies
Bishop's Stortford                        inclusion or creation of a green buffer strip     in the Plan. The balance between development and environmental
                                          alongside watercourses. This helps to             protection does not therefore need to be stated explicitly in each policy. It
                                          promote the ecological and landscape              may be necessary where a policy poses a direct threat to identified features of
                                          value of rivers and associated land.              interest, but this is not the case for Policy BIS17.




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D2/01635/BIS/009/O                        It is noted that Reserved Matters approval       No Change in Response to this Objection
British Waterways                         has been granted for phase 1 of this
                                          development and British Waterways looks          Comments noted. The redevelopment scheme granted planning permission
Policy BIS17                              forward to continuing to work with the           did not include a riverside walk for its whole length and did not include a
                                          Council to secure high-quality development.      footbridge. However the scheme did involve improvements to the existing
Site 184: Riverside/Adderley Road Site,    Clarification is sought on (I)b on the basis    walkway and improvements to the river crossing at Station Road. It is also
Bishop's Stortford                        that Jackson Square redevelopment is not         designed so as not to preclude the provision of a footbridge at some later
                                          providing a riverside walk for its whole river   stage. On balance this scheme was considered acceptable.
                                          frontage and does not propose to provide a
                                          footbridge (which would be constrained by
                                          landtake, bridge height and private land).

D2/01647/BIS/079/O                        Additional text should be added referring to     No Change in Response to this Objection
Environment Agency                        the creation of a buffer zone alongside the
                                          river. Section II (e) should also be amended     The Council has recently granted planning permission for a redevelopment
Policy BIS17                              so that the creation of new areas is not at      scheme, on which the Environment Agency were consulted. The focus of the
                                          the expense of existing landscape features.      proposed riverside walk was on the opposite bank, in order that this bank could
Site 184: Riverside/Adderley Road Site,   Text is provided.                                 remain as is, in line with the Environment Agency's comments.
Bishop's Stortford
D2/01152/BIS/003/O                        The size and location of the public square       No Change in Response to this Objection
Miss Joyce Hammersley                     as part of the Jackson Square
                                          redevelopment is questioned. Part of the         Comments noted. Details such as the size and location of the public square
Policy BIS17                              square may be in the shade during the            and the detailed finishes are more appropriately dealt with through the
                                          afternoon and late evening. The square           Development Control process, rather than being stipulated in the Local Plan.
Site 184: Riverside/Adderley Road Site,
Bishop's Stortford
D2/01635/BIS/010/S                        British Waterways supports the                   Support Noted and Welcomed
British Waterways                         re-designation of this site for mixed-use
                                          development and particularly welcomes (iv).
Policy BIS18a
Site 406.1: Atkins & Cripps, 95-97
London Road, Bishop's Stortford




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D2/01566/BIS/024/O                The Town Council strongly endorses the            No Change in Response to this Objection
Bishop's Stortford Town Council   comment made in 11.18.1 that Bishop's
                                  Stortford suffers from traffic problems and, as   The traffic problems of the town are acknowledged, as is the need to consider
Section 11.18                      stated in 11.18.2, without remedial action it    the cumulative effect of town centre developments. Consultants have recently
                                   can only get worse. It is regrettable that the    been commissioned jointly by the District and County Councils to study traffic
                                  County Council has not completed updated           problems in the town and investigate potential solutions. The results of this
                                  traffic studies, the results of which could be    work will feed into an overall masterplan for the town. In the meantime, the
                                  incorporated into the current Plan Review.        Council will continue to minimise the impact of any new development in the
                                  The development proposals for the centre of
                                   town require far greater attention being
                                  paid to their cumulative traffic implications
                                  than has been the case. The contents of
                                  section 11.18 should be held in abeyance
                                  until the County Council can come forward
                                  with a definite programme of highway
                                  improvements.

D2/01441/BIS/001/O                The A120 west of Bishop's Stortford is no         No Change in Response to this Objection
Mr D M Shaw                       longer suitable for the amount of traffic
                                  using it. The whole length should be              The Council reiterates the comments made following the First Deposit stage.
Section 11.18                     widened and straightened and the Little           The need for improved east-west movement is acknowledged but the Council
                                  Hadham crossroads bypassed completely             consider the most appropriate way of doing so is through small-scale
                                  before any housing expansion is                   bypasses. The proposed east-west link from the M11 to the A1 and on to the
                                  contemplated. In the longer term, the A120        M1 is still considered to pose a serious threat to the central rural area of East
                                  should extend westwards to connect with the       Herts and would be resisted.
                                   A1 and M1. Such a route, far from being
                                  "disastrous", would merely cut a swathe
                                  through the countryside in much the same
                                  way as the new A10 Thundridge bypass and
                                  many other country-wide bypasses, which
                                  have improved the quality of life for
                                  residents and road users alike. No decent
                                  east-west route exists between the M25 and
                                  the A14 and I am bitterly disappointed that
                                  the Council is opposed to such a scheme.




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D2/01182/BIS/007/O                      Further housing development does not           No Change in Response to this Objection
Mr David Hodgen                         represent an opportunity to reduce traffic
                                        problems, it is only likely to make matters    Paragraphs 11.18.6 and 11.18.7 set out the potential positive contribution
Paragraph 11.18.2                       worse. Thus it should be recognised as the     from new development in terms of transport. On face value, more
                                        threat that it is, and one that needs to be    development will mean more cars. However the contribution from new
                                        managed. Further housing should not be         development towards sustainable transport measures will help increase the
                                        built when it will increase or cause traffic   viability of public transport in the town. The development of the Goods Yard
                                        problems. Developers should be required to     site, with the proposed link road, offers considerable scope for the alleviation
                                        prove that developments will not cause such    of congestion. Transport Assessments are required from all substantial
                                         problems before any planning approval is      developments in the town centre and these set out the impact of the proposed
                                        given.                                          development and the mitigation measures necessary.

D2/01629/BIS/048/O                      There is a need for a "whole settlement        No Change in Response to this Objection
Andrew Martin Associates on behalf of   strategy" approach to current and future
Countryside Properties Ltd              development at Bishop's Stortford, as          Comments noted. The housing apportionment to Bishop's Stortford is being
                                        envisaged by the Structure Plan. This          met mainly through the provision of brownfield/previously developed land,
Paragraph 11.18.6                       should set the long-term vision for the town   particularly in and adjacent to Bishop’s Stortford town centre. The
                                        and how development sites will contribute      development of these brownfield sites raises important issues, and these are
                                        towards this vision.                           being addressed through the site-specific policies in this Local Plan and
                                                                                       through the ongoing corporate activity of the Council.

                                                                                       It is anticipated that development of the Bishop’s Stortford North Areas of
                                                                                       Special Restraint (ASRs) will not be required in the Plan period to 2011. A
                                                                                       "Whole Settlement Strategy" or similar is likely to be appropriate, as and
                                                                                       when the ASRs are required. The relevant issues will be addressed through
                                                                                       the ongoing Masterplanning work for the town, including a multi-modal
                                                                                       transport study, and then through the Local Development Framework. It would
                                                                                        be inappropriate to begin work on a "Whole Settlement Strategy" at this
                                                                                       stage of Plan production.




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D2/01629/BIS/049/O                      There is a need for a "whole settlement        No Change in Response to this Objection
Andrew Martin Associates on behalf of   strategy" approach to current and future
Countryside Properties Ltd              development at Bishop's Stortford, as          Comments noted. The housing apportionment to Bishop's Stortford is being
                                        envisaged by the Structure Plan. This          met mainly through the provision of brownfield/previously developed land,
Paragraph 11.18.7                       should set the long-term vision for the town   particularly in and adjacent to Bishop’s Stortford town centre. The
                                        and how development sites will contribute      development of these brownfield sites raises important issues, and these are
                                        towards this vision.                           being addressed through the site-specific policies in this Local Plan and
                                                                                       through the ongoing corporate activity of the Council.

                                                                                       It is anticipated that development of the Bishop’s Stortford North Areas of
                                                                                       Special Restraint (ASRs) will not be required in the Plan period to 2011. A
                                                                                       "Whole Settlement Strategy" or similar is likely to be appropriate, as and
                                                                                       when the ASRs are required. The relevant issues will be addressed through
                                                                                       the ongoing Masterplanning work for the town, including a multi-modal
                                                                                       transport study, and then through the Local Development Framework. It would
                                                                                        be inappropriate to begin work on a "Whole Settlement Strategy" at this
                                                                                       stage of Plan production.

D2/03799/BIS/038/O                      Paragraph 11.18.7. Change "public              Text to be Amended
HCC Passenger Transport Unit            transport" to "passenger transport" for
                                        consistency with documents.                    Agreed.
Paragraph 11.18.7


D2/02173/BIS/006/S                      The text is supported.                         Support Noted and Welcomed
Mr Paul Cochrane
Section 11.19


D2/01657/BIS/020/O                      The policy for Potter Street and South         No Change in Response to this Objection
Bishop's Stortford Civic Society        Street does not go far enough. The road
                                        between the Church Street junction and the     Comments noted. The Council's intention, through Policy BIS21, is to reduce
Policy BIS21                            Bridge Street/High Street junction should be   the amount of traffic using Potter Street and South Street. The Council will
                                         fully pedestrianised with access only for     work with its partners to bring this about but, in the absence of evidence and
                                        disabled drivers and delivery vehicles with    technical justification on alternative routes, is unable to put forward a firm
                                        deliveries restricted to specified hours.      proposal for the pedestrianisation of this area at this stage.
                                        Through traffic should be diverted to
                                        Riverside/Adderley Road, as it was
                                        successfully during the programme of




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D2/01566/BIS/025/O                 The Town Council regrets the deletion of           No Change in Response to this Objection
Bishop's Stortford Town Council    the Historic Zone and it does not believe the
                                    general provisions of Chapters 8 & 9              Comments noted. Policies BH6-11 afford considerable protection to
Paragraph 11.21.1                  provide sufficient protection to this very         Conservation Areas. Other policies address Listed Building and archaelogical
                                   important part of the heritage of the town.        issues and general design issues. This approach is more consistent with the
                                                                                      approach in other towns in the District, which focuses on statutory, rather than
                                                                                      the non-statutory, designations.
D2/01566/BIS/026/S                 The Town Council supports and welcomes             No Change in Response to this Objection
Bishop's Stortford Town Council    the retention of the Hadham Roads Zone
                                   and the introduction of the Warwick Road           Comments noted. The boundary of this Environmental Zone has remained
Paragraph 11.21.2                  Zone. The Town Council believes that other         the same throughout the reviews of previous Local Plans in 1993 and 1999.
                                    areas in the Hadham Road should be                The western boundary of the Environmental Zone coincides with the
                                   included in the Zone, viz Maple Avenue.            boundary of the Conservation Area. While the value of the Maple Avenue
                                                                                      area is not disputed, the Environmental Zone needs to have a boundary
                                                                                      somewhere and it is not considered appropriate to include this area within the

D2/01657/BIS/021/O                 We fully support the creation of an                No Change in Response to this Objection
Bishop's Stortford Civic Society   Environmental Zone for Warwick Road (as
                                   well as the one for Hadham Road). However,         Support noted. The Proposals Map is explicit in setting the Herts and Essex
Policy BIS22                        to be effective the policy needs to be made       School within the boundary of the Environmental Zone. However the policy
                                    explicit that it applies to the Herts and         does not provide absolute protection to areas of open space, but rather seeks
                                   Essex School - ie what is currently open           to ensure that new development respects the existing character and retains
                                   space should be left as such and not used          landscape features etc. Any development on the Herts and Essex school site
                                   for housing.                                       will be considered in relation to this policy and Policy LRC1 in relation to
                                                                                      open space provision.

D2/03873/BIS/001/O                 Whilst we fully support the creation of an         No Change in Response to this Objection
Mr Simon Loveday                   Environmental Zone for Warwick Road and
                                   Hadham Road, to be effective the policy            Support noted. The Proposals Map is explicit in setting the Herts and Essex
Policy BIS22                       needs to explicitly state that it applies to the   School within the boundary of the Environmental Zone. However the policy
                                   Herts and Essex School ie what is currently        does not provide absolute protection to areas of open space, but rather seeks
                                   open space should be left as such and not          to ensure that new development respects the existing character and retains
                                   used for housing.                                  landscape features etc. Any development on the Herts and Essex school site
                                                                                      will be considered in relation to this policy and Policy LRC1 in relation to
                                                                                      open space provision.

D2/01641/BIS/001/O                 A separate paragraph should be added               No Change in Response to this Objection
East of England Tourist Board      which refers to the need to retain existing
                                   visitor accommodation in Bishop's Stortford        Comments noted. Major visitor accommodation needs in relation to Stansted
Paragraph 11.24.1                  in order to ensure that the growing demand         Airport will be met by the various hotels on the airport site itself. Paragraphs
                                   for visitor acommodation from Stansted             10.11.7 and 10.11.8 refer to the limited availability of visitor accommodation
                                   Airport is met.                                    in the District generally and promotes a positive approach to appropriate new
                                                                                      facilities. On this basis it is not considered necessary to include a specific
                                                                                      paragraph in the Bishop's Stortford chapter in relation to Stansted Airport.
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D2/01647/BIS/080/O                  The penultimate sentence should be            No Change in Response to this Objection
Environment Agency                  lengthened to read "The District Council is
                                    keen to enhance its role in this respect,     Policy LRC9 states the criteria against which water based recreation proposals
Paragraph 11.24.3                   where this will not adversely affect nature    will be judged. The first of these criteria is the potential impact on nature
                                    conservation interests or landscape           conservation interests. It is not necessary to repeat these criteria in this
                                                                                  sentence, which states support, in principle, for water based activities on the
                                                                                  River Stort.
D2/03795/BIS/018/O                  Within the Plan period the PCT will need to   No Change in Response to this Objection
John Lawson Planning on behalf of   expand its service by either extending an
RBBS-PCT & SHE-PCT                  existing surgery or developing a completely   Comments noted. The need for new development to contribute appropriately
                                    new one on a site to be identified in         to health care facilities has been stated in revisions to Policy IMP1 and its
Paragraph 11.24.6                   Bishop's Stortford town centre. Also there    supporting text. The Council is currently working on further guidance on
                                    may be a need to provide a further medical    planning contributions, and health care facilities in Bishop's Stortford is likely
                                    centre between Bishop's Stortford and         to feature in this document. The proposed wording, however, is not
                                    Sawbridgeworth. Therefore, it is requested    considered appropriate to add at this stage.
                                    that suitable wording is inserted into
                                    paragraph 11.24.6 to acknowledge these
                                    intentions. Proposed text provided.




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11. Bishop's Stortford
                                     Summary of Representations                        Council Response
D2/03875/BIS/001/O                   I object to the proposed development of           No Change in Response to this Objection
Ms Miranda Lee                       Green Belt land. I disagree that the Hadham
                                      Road site is too small. This site should be      There is calculated to be a shortfall in secondary education provision in
Paragraph 11.24.7                    retained for education use. I disagree that       Bishop's Stortford over the coming years. To help meet this projected shortfall
                                     one large new school is better than two            the two foundation schools are proposing to relocate to the proposed new
Site 571: Land at Whittington Way,   already established and excellent schools. I      site. These two schools perform well and they are not proposing to merge. At
Bishop's Stortford                   object to the suggestion that these two           the proposed site, there will be two single sex schools located adjacent to
                                     schools need improving. I object to schools       each other in modern, purpose built facilities that will enhance the learning
                                     being sold as it will remove public facilities.   environment for the future generations of Bishop's Stortford.
                                     I object to the proposed school being built
                                     as it will mean all pupils needing to travel      The two current sites do not allow development of the schools to meet current
                                     by car and lead to congestion.                     needs, irrespective of any growth proposed in and around Bishop's Stortford
                                                                                       in the Plan period to 2011. A survey was commissioned by the schools to
                                                                                       consider all possible alternative locations. The Hadham Road site was
                                                                                       identified but was found to be too small. The purchase of additional land
                                                                                       around this site would be too expensive and make the relocation unviable.
                                                                                       There were no other suitable sites found in or around Bishop's Stortford.

                                                                                       The Council acknowledges that the new site is in the Green Belt. However, in
                                                                                       view of the predicted shortfall in secondary school places, and the lack of
                                                                                       alternative sites, it was considered necessary to take proactive action for the
                                                                                       long-term health of the town. The schools have advised that public facilities
                                                                                       will continue to be offered in a similar fashion at the proposed site, in modern
                                                                                        purpose built facilities.

                                                                                       There will be a full assessment carried out of the transport implications of the
                                                                                       relocation of the schools. In line with current best practice, a Green Travel
                                                                                       Plan will be produced, maximising use of modes of transport other than the
                                                                                       car, which will include pedestrian, cycle and passenger transport. A positive
                                                                                       impact will be felt in the areas surrounding the current sites, with a reduction
                                                                                       in school run traffic in the congested centre of Bishop's Stortford.




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11. Bishop's Stortford
                                     Summary of Representations                       Council Response
D2/03874/BIS/003/O                   Object that the Hadham Road site is too          No Change in Response to this Objection
Mr Cameron Willats                   small. This is exactly where a new school is
                                     most needed and should be retained for           There is calculated to be a shortfall in secondary education provision in
Paragraph 11.24.7                    education use. Object to the existing school     Bishop's Stortford over the coming years. To help meet this projected shortfall
                                     sites being sold for development, removing        the two foundation schools are proposing to relocate to the proposed new
Site 571: Land at Whittington Way,   public facilities. Object to the theory that a   site. These two schools perform well and they are not proposing to merge. At
Bishop's Stortford                   new combined school will be as good as the       the proposed site, there will be two single sex schools located adjacent to
                                      two separate schools. Object to the theory      each other in modern, purpose built facilities that will enhance the learning
                                     that the secondary schools in question need      environment for the future generations of Bishop's Stortford.
                                     "improving", as they both perform very well.
                                     Object to the town's expansion into the          The two current sites do not allow development of the schools to meet current
                                     Green Belt. Green Belt land to the south of       needs, irrespective of any growth proposed in and around Bishop's Stortford
                                     the town should be protected. Object to the      in the Plan period to 2011. A survey was commissioned by the schools to
                                     distance pupils will need to travel and the      consider all possible alternative locations. The Hadham Road site was
                                     congestion it will cause. As many as possible    identified but was found to be too small. The purchase of additional land
                                      of the pupils of all ages living in the town    around this site would be too expensive and make the relocation unviable.
                                     should be able to walk to school to prevent      There were no other suitable sites found in or around Bishop's Stortford.
                                     further road congestion.
                                                                                      The Council acknowledges that the new site is in the Green Belt. However, in
                                                                                      view of the predicted shortfall in secondary school places, and the lack of
                                                                                      alternative sites, it was considered necessary to take proactive action for the
                                                                                      long-term health of the town. The schools have advised that public facilities
                                                                                      will continue to be offered in a similar fashion at the proposed site, in modern
                                                                                       purpose built facilities.

                                                                                      There will be a full assessment carried out of the transport implications of the
                                                                                      relocation of the schools. In line with current best practice, a Green Travel
                                                                                      Plan will be produced, maximising use of modes of transport other than the
                                                                                      car, which will include pedestrian, cycle and passenger transport. A positive
                                                                                      impact will be felt in the areas surrounding the current sites, with a reduction
                                                                                      in school run traffic in the congested centre of Bishop's Stortford.




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11. Bishop's Stortford
                                        Summary of Representations                          Council Response
D2/01629/BIS/069/O                      This site meets the requirements of PPG3 in         No Change in Response to this Objection
Andrew Martin Associates on behalf of    terms of its ability to build communities, to
Countryside Properties Ltd              support new physical and social                     Insufficient information and justification is available, in terms of
                                        infrastructure and to provide demand to             demonstrating exceptional circumstances, to warrant the release of further
Paragraph 11.24.7                       sustain appropriate local services and              land at site 574 from the Green Belt for mixed use development as part of the
                                        facilities. The site will result in the provision    development/funding proposals for the new schools site.
Site 574: Land south of new school      of a mix of housing, public transport
site, bounded by Thorley Lane, A1184
and London Road, Bishop's Stortford     improvements, public open space,
                                        landscaping, and could accommodate a
                                        park and ride facility with bus services. Such
                                        development will involve substantial lead
                                        time and therefore certainty is needed now
                                        to ensure the proper planning of
                                        development.




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                                     Summary of Representations                      Council Response
D2/01182/BIS/008/O                   Objection is made to this paragraph on the      No Change in Response to this Objection
Mr David Hodgen                      basis that:
                                     Its a significant new inclusion in the Plan     This issue, along with the rest of the Re-Deposit Local Plan, was subject to
Paragraph 11.24.8                    that has not been well publicised.              public consultation in line with Government requirements. The two schools
                                     Edge-of-town location will create excessive     have also conducted their own consultation exercises.
Site 571: Land at Whittington Way,   car journeys.
Bishop's Stortford                   Disproportionate loss of Green Belt land to     There is calculated to be a shortfall in secondary education provision in
                                     the increase in school places. This loss will   Bishop's Stortford over the coming years. To help meet this projected shortfall
                                     be even worse if the unnecessary enabling        the two foundation schools are proposing to relocate to the proposed new
                                     housing is permitted.                           site. These two schools perform well and they are not proposing to merge. At
                                     Loss of school choice for parents and pupils.   the proposed site, there will be two single sex schools located adjacent to
                                                                                     each other in modern, purpose built facilities that will enhance the learning
                                     The new schools will be too large and           environment for the future generations of Bishop's Stortford.
                                     anonymous.
                                     The existing schools already have adequate      The two current sites do not allow development of the schools to meet current
                                      sites. The Herts and Essex school recently      needs, irrespective of any growth proposed in and around Bishop's Stortford
                                     sold "surplus" playing fields.                  in the Plan period to 2011. A survey was commissioned by the schools to
                                     This proposal should be deleted and the         consider all possible alternative locations. The Hadham Road site was
                                     existing schools retained. A new 4FE school     identified but was found to be too small. The purchase of additional land
                                     should be provided in the north-west of the     around this site would be too expensive and make the relocation unviable.
                                                                                     There were no other suitable sites found in or around Bishop's Stortford.

                                                                                     The Council acknowledges that the new site is in the Green Belt. However, in
                                                                                     view of the predicted shortfall in secondary school places, and the lack of
                                                                                     alternative sites, it was considered necessary to take proactive action for the
                                                                                     long-term health of the town. The schools have advised that public facilities
                                                                                     will continue to be offered in a similar fashion at the proposed site, in modern
                                                                                      purpose built facilities.

                                                                                     There will be a full assessment carried out of the transport implications of the
                                                                                     relocation of the schools. In line with current best practice, a Green Travel
                                                                                     Plan will be produced, maximising use of modes of transport other than the
                                                                                     car, which will include pedestrian, cycle and passenger transport. A positive
                                                                                     impact will be felt in the areas surrounding the current sites, with a reduction
                                                                                     in school run traffic in the congested centre of Bishop's Stortford.




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11. Bishop's Stortford
                                     Summary of Representations                        Council Response
D2/03875/BIS/002/O                   I object to the proposed development of           No Change in Response to this Objection
Ms Miranda Lee                       Green Belt land. I disagree that the Hadham
                                      Road site is too small. This site should be      There is calculated to be a shortfall in secondary education provision in
Paragraph 11.24.8                    retained for education use. I disagree that       Bishop's Stortford over the coming years. To help meet this projected shortfall
                                     one large new school is better than two            the two foundation schools are proposing to relocate to the proposed new
Site 571: Land at Whittington Way,   already established and excellent schools. I      site. These two schools perform well and they are not proposing to merge. At
Bishop's Stortford                   object to the suggestion that these two           the proposed site, there will be two single sex schools located adjacent to
                                     schools need improving. I object to schools       each other in modern, purpose built facilities that will enhance the learning
                                     being sold as it will remove public facilities.   environment for the future generations of Bishop's Stortford.
                                     I object to the proposed school being built
                                     as it will mean all pupils needing to travel      The two current sites do not allow development of the schools to meet current
                                     by car and lead to congestion.                     needs, irrespective of any growth proposed in and around Bishop's Stortford
                                                                                       in the Plan period to 2011. A survey was commissioned by the schools to
                                                                                       consider all possible alternative locations. The Hadham Road site was
                                                                                       identified but was found to be too small. The purchase of additional land
                                                                                       around this site would be too expensive and make the relocation unviable.
                                                                                       There were no other suitable sites found in or around Bishop's Stortford.

                                                                                       The Council acknowledges that the new site is in the Green Belt. However, in
                                                                                       view of the predicted shortfall in secondary school places, and the lack of
                                                                                       alternative sites, it was considered necessary to take proactive action for the
                                                                                       long-term health of the town. The schools have advised that public facilities
                                                                                       will continue to be offered in a similar fashion at the proposed site, in modern
                                                                                        purpose built facilities.

                                                                                       There will be a full assessment carried out of the transport implications of the
                                                                                       relocation of the schools. In line with current best practice, a Green Travel
                                                                                       Plan will be produced, maximising use of modes of transport other than the
                                                                                       car, which will include pedestrian, cycle and passenger transport. A positive
                                                                                       impact will be felt in the areas surrounding the current sites, with a reduction
                                                                                       in school run traffic in the congested centre of Bishop's Stortford.




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11. Bishop's Stortford
                                     Summary of Representations                       Council Response
D2/03874/BIS/004/O                   Object that the Hadham Road site is too          No Change in Response to this Objection
Mr Cameron Willats                   small. This is exactly where a new school is
                                     most needed and should be retained for           There is calculated to be a shortfall in secondary education provision in
Paragraph 11.24.8                    education use. Object to the existing school     Bishop's Stortford over the coming years. To help meet this projected shortfall
                                     sites being sold for development, removing        the two foundation schools are proposing to relocate to the proposed new
Site 571: Land at Whittington Way,   public facilities. Object to the theory that a   site. These two schools perform well and they are not proposing to merge. At
Bishop's Stortford                   new combined school will be as good as the       the proposed site, there will be two single sex schools located adjacent to
                                      two separate schools. Object to the theory      each other in modern, purpose built facilities that will enhance the learning
                                     that the secondary schools in question need      environment for the future generations of Bishop's Stortford.
                                     "improving", as they both perform very well.
                                     Object to the town's expansion into the          The two current sites do not allow development of the schools to meet current
                                     Green Belt. Green Belt land to the south of       needs, irrespective of any growth proposed in and around Bishop's Stortford
                                     the town should be protected. Object to the      in the Plan period to 2011. A survey was commissioned by the schools to
                                     distance pupils will need to travel and the      consider all possible alternative locations. The Hadham Road site was
                                     congestion it will cause. As many as possible    identified but was found to be too small. The purchase of additional land
                                      of the pupils of all ages living in the town    around this site would be too expensive and make the relocation unviable.
                                     should be able to walk to school to prevent      There were no other suitable sites found in or around Bishop's Stortford.
                                     further road congestion.
                                                                                      The Council acknowledges that the new site is in the Green Belt. However, in
                                                                                      view of the predicted shortfall in secondary school places, and the lack of
                                                                                      alternative sites, it was considered necessary to take proactive action for the
                                                                                      long-term health of the town. The schools have advised that public facilities
                                                                                      will continue to be offered in a similar fashion at the proposed site, in modern
                                                                                       purpose built facilities.

                                                                                      There will be a full assessment carried out of the transport implications of the
                                                                                      relocation of the schools. In line with current best practice, a Green Travel
                                                                                      Plan will be produced, maximising use of modes of transport other than the
                                                                                      car, which will include pedestrian, cycle and passenger transport. A positive
                                                                                      impact will be felt in the areas surrounding the current sites, with a reduction
                                                                                      in school run traffic in the congested centre of Bishop's Stortford.




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11. Bishop's Stortford
                                        Summary of Representations                          Council Response
D2/01629/BIS/070/O                      This site meets the requirements of PPG3 in         No Change in Response to this Objection
Andrew Martin Associates on behalf of    terms of its ability to build communities, to
Countryside Properties Ltd              support new physical and social                     Insufficient information and justification is available, in terms of
                                        infrastructure and to provide demand to             demonstrating exceptional circumstances, to warrant the release of further
Paragraph 11.24.8                       sustain appropriate local services and              land at site 574 from the Green Belt for mixed use development as part of the
                                        facilities. The site will result in the provision    development/funding proposals for the new schools site.
Site 574: Land south of new school      of a mix of housing, public transport
site, bounded by Thorley Lane, A1184
and London Road, Bishop's Stortford     improvements, public open space,
                                        landscaping, and could accommodate a
                                        park and ride facility with bus services. Such
                                        development will involve substantial lead
                                        time and therefore certainty is needed now
                                        to ensure the proper planning of
                                        development.
D2/01629/BIS/071/O                      This site meets the requirements of PPG3 in         No Change in Response to this Objection
Andrew Martin Associates on behalf of    terms of its ability to build communities, to
Countryside Properties Ltd              support new physical and social                     Insufficient information and justification is available, in terms of
                                        infrastructure and to provide demand to             demonstrating exceptional circumstances, to warrant the release of further
Paragraph 11.24.9                       sustain appropriate local services and              land at site 574 from the Green Belt for mixed use development as part of the
                                        facilities. The site will result in the provision    development/funding proposals for the new schools site.
Site 574: Land south of new school      of a mix of housing, public transport
site, bounded by Thorley Lane, A1184
and London Road, Bishop's Stortford     improvements, public open space,
                                        landscaping, and could accommodate a
                                        park and ride facility with bus services. Such
                                        development will involve substantial lead
                                        time and therefore certainty is needed now
                                        to ensure the proper planning of
                                        development.




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11. Bishop's Stortford
                                         Summary of Representations                      Council Response
D2/01851/BIS/013/O                       EHDC should study again the viable              No Change in Response to this Objection
CAUSE                                    alternative site to the West of the town off
                                         Hadham Road south side (including the Fire      There is calculated to be a shortfall in secondary education provision in
Policy BIS24                              Station (brownfield site), a ploughed field    Bishop's Stortford over the coming years. To help meet this projected shortfall
                                         and games pitches) as an alternative site for    the two foundation schools are proposing to relocate to the proposed new
Site 164.2 & 573: Reserve Secondary      a new mixed secondary educational site.         site. These two schools perform well and they are not proposing to merge. At
School Site & Land around Fire Station   The immediate land of this site may be too      the proposed site, there will be two single sex schools located adjacent to
and Patmore Close, Hadham Rd,            small but when intelligently combined with      each other in modern, purpose built facilities that will enhance the learning
Bishop's Stortford                       available land on ASR1 adjacent there           environment for the future generations of Bishop's Stortford.
                                         would be more than adequate supplemental
                                          land for a new educational facility which      The two current sites do not allow development of the schools to meet current
                                         would redress the balance of the town’s          needs, irrespective of any growth proposed in and around Bishop's Stortford
                                         current educational sites and actually          in the Plan period to 2011. A survey was commissioned by the schools to
                                         reduce the twice daily traffic flows criss      consider all possible alternative locations. The Hadham Road site was
                                         crossing the town when the "school run" is      identified but was found to be too small. The purchase of additional land
                                         endured by the whole town.                      around this site would be too expensive and make the relocation unviable.
                                                                                         There were no other suitable sites found in or around Bishop's Stortford.

                                                                                         The Council acknowledges that the new site is in the Green Belt. However, in
                                                                                         view of the predicted shortfall in secondary school places, and the lack of
                                                                                         alternative sites, it was considered necessary to take proactive action for the
                                                                                         long-term health of the town. The schools have advised that public facilities
                                                                                         will continue to be offered in a similar fashion at the proposed site, in modern
                                                                                          purpose built facilities.

                                                                                         There will be a full assessment carried out of the transport implications of the
                                                                                         relocation of the schools. In line with current best practice, a Green Travel
                                                                                         Plan will be produced, maximising use of modes of transport other than the
                                                                                         car, which will include pedestrian, cycle and passenger transport. A positive
                                                                                         impact will be felt in the areas surrounding the current sites, with a reduction
                                                                                         in school run traffic in the congested centre of Bishop's Stortford.




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11. Bishop's Stortford
                                         Summary of Representations                      Council Response
D2/02674/BIS/006/O                       EHDC should study again the viable              No Change in Response to this Objection
Mrs Margaret Thomson                     alternative site to the West of the town off
                                         Hadham Road south side (including the Fire      There is calculated to be a shortfall in secondary education provision in
Policy BIS24                              Station (brownfield site), a ploughed field    Bishop's Stortford over the coming years. To help meet this projected shortfall
                                         and games pitches) as an alternative site for    the two foundation schools are proposing to relocate to the proposed new
Site 164.2 & 573: Reserve Secondary      a new mixed secondary educational site.         site. These two schools perform well and they are not proposing to merge. At
School Site & Land around Fire Station   The immediate land of this site may be too      the proposed site, there will be two single sex schools located adjacent to
and Patmore Close, Hadham Rd,            small but when intelligently combined with      each other in modern, purpose built facilities that will enhance the learning
Bishop's Stortford                       available land on ASR1 adjacent there           environment for the future generations of Bishop's Stortford.
                                         would be more than adequate supplemental
                                          land for a new educational facility which      The two current sites do not allow development of the schools to meet current
                                         would redress the balance of the town’s          needs, irrespective of any growth proposed in and around Bishop's Stortford
                                         current educational sites and actually          in the Plan period to 2011. A survey was commissioned by the schools to
                                         reduce the twice daily traffic flows criss      consider all possible alternative locations. The Hadham Road site was
                                         crossing the town when the "school run" is      identified but was found to be too small. The purchase of additional land
                                         endured by the whole town.                      around this site would be too expensive and make the relocation unviable.
                                                                                         There were no other suitable sites found in or around Bishop's Stortford.

                                                                                         The Council acknowledges that the new site is in the Green Belt. However, in
                                                                                         view of the predicted shortfall in secondary school places, and the lack of
                                                                                         alternative sites, it was considered necessary to take proactive action for the
                                                                                         long-term health of the town. The schools have advised that public facilities
                                                                                         will continue to be offered in a similar fashion at the proposed site, in modern
                                                                                          purpose built facilities.

                                                                                         There will be a full assessment carried out of the transport implications of the
                                                                                         relocation of the schools. In line with current best practice, a Green Travel
                                                                                         Plan will be produced, maximising use of modes of transport other than the
                                                                                         car, which will include pedestrian, cycle and passenger transport. A positive
                                                                                         impact will be felt in the areas surrounding the current sites, with a reduction
                                                                                         in school run traffic in the congested centre of Bishop's Stortford.




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11. Bishop's Stortford
                                     Summary of Representations                      Council Response
D2/01365/BIS/002/O                   The demolition of the two foundation            No Change in Response to this Objection
Mr Paul Ailey                        schools and rebuilding on a greenfield site
                                     is contrary to PPG3 when there is an            There is calculated to be a shortfall in secondary education provision in
Policy BIS24                         alternative brownfield site available. If the   Bishop's Stortford over the coming years. To help meet this projected shortfall
                                     schools are relocated as proposed, not only      the two foundation schools are proposing to relocate to the proposed new
Site 571: Land at Whittington Way,   would they be too close to the flightpath of    site.
Bishop's Stortford                   Stansted but it would also promote more car
                                      journeys to and from the site. At present      The two current sites do not allow development of the schools to meet current
                                     both schools are within easy access of the       needs, irrespective of any growth proposed in and around Bishop's Stortford
                                     town's railway and bus stations, enabling       in the Plan period to 2011. A survey was commissioned by the schools to
                                     pupils from out of town to walk to and from     consider all possible alternative locations. The Hadham Road site was
                                     each school.                                    identified but was found to be too small. The purchase of additional land
                                                                                     around this site would be too expensive and make the relocation unviable.
                                                                                     There were no other suitable sites found in or around Bishop's Stortford.

                                                                                     The Council acknowledges that the new site is in the Green Belt. However, in
                                                                                     view of the predicted shortfall in secondary school places, and the lack of
                                                                                     alternative sites, it was considered necessary to take proactive action for the
                                                                                     long-term health of the town. The schools have advised that public facilities
                                                                                     will continue to be offered in a similar fashion at the proposed site, in modern
                                                                                      purpose built facilities.

                                                                                     There will be a full assessment carried out of the transport implications of the
                                                                                     relocation of the schools. In line with current best practice, a Green Travel
                                                                                     Plan will be produced, maximising use of modes of transport other than the
                                                                                     car, which will include pedestrian, cycle and passenger transport. A positive
                                                                                     impact will be felt in the areas surrounding the current sites, with a reduction
                                                                                     in school run traffic in the congested centre of Bishop's Stortford.

                                                                                     The site has been acoustically surveyed in the past and the 57 dB contour
                                                                                     runs some distance to the South East of the site. The school can be located
                                                                                     and constructed in such a way as to minimise the effects of any noise
                                                                                     pollution, whether it be from the bypass or air traffic.




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                                     Summary of Representations                         Council Response
D2/02659/BIS/001/O                   I do not agree with the demolition of two          No Change in Response to this Objection
Mrs Beryl Ailey                      secondary schools to be replaced with
                                     housing. I do not agree with the building of       There is calculated to be a shortfall in secondary education provision in
Policy BIS24                         a new school on a greenfield site closer to        Bishop's Stortford over the coming years. To help meet this projected shortfall
                                     the flight path. If a new school is required, it    the two foundation schools are proposing to relocate to the proposed new
Site 571: Land at Whittington Way,   should be built on brownfield land i.e the         site. These two schools perform well and they are not proposing to merge. At
Bishop's Stortford                   Hadham Road site, which will also ease the         the proposed site, there will be two single sex schools located adjacent to
                                     traffic burden to the town.                        each other in modern, purpose built facilities that will enhance the learning
                                                                                        environment for the future generations of Bishop's Stortford.

                                                                                        The two current sites do not allow development of the schools to meet current
                                                                                         needs, irrespective of any growth proposed in and around Bishop's Stortford
                                                                                        in the Plan period to 2011. A survey was commissioned by the schools to
                                                                                        consider all possible alternative locations. The Hadham Road site was
                                                                                        identified but was found to be too small. The purchase of additional land
                                                                                        around this site would be too expensive and make the relocation unviable.
                                                                                        There were no other suitable sites found in or around Bishop's Stortford.

                                                                                        The Council acknowledges that the new site is in the Green Belt. However, in
                                                                                        view of the predicted shortfall in secondary school places, and the lack of
                                                                                        alternative sites, it was considered necessary to take proactive action for the
                                                                                        long-term health of the town. The schools have advised that public facilities
                                                                                        will continue to be offered in a similar fashion at the proposed site, in modern
                                                                                         purpose built facilities.

                                                                                        There will be a full assessment carried out of the transport implications of the
                                                                                        relocation of the schools. In line with current best practice, a Green Travel
                                                                                        Plan will be produced, maximising use of modes of transport other than the
                                                                                        car, which will include pedestrian, cycle and passenger transport. A positive
                                                                                        impact will be felt in the areas surrounding the current sites, with a reduction
                                                                                        in school run traffic in the congested centre of Bishop's Stortford.

                                                                                        The site has been acoustically surveyed in the past and the 57 dB contour
                                                                                        runs some distance to the South East of the site. The school can be located
                                                                                        and constructed in such a way as to minimise the effects of any noise
                                                                                        pollution, whether it be from the bypass or air traffic.




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11. Bishop's Stortford
                                     Summary of Representations                       Council Response
D2/01258/BIS/006/O                   The location of the new site would result in     No Change in Response to this Objection
Mr Gary Victor Aldam                 increased car journeys. In particular it is
                                     distant from the massive housing proposed        There is calculated to be a shortfall in secondary education provision in
Policy BIS24                         on the ASRs. The southern extension of           Bishop's Stortford over the coming years. To help meet this projected shortfall
                                     Bishop's Stortford would inevitably lead later    the two foundation schools are proposing to relocate to the proposed new
Site 571: Land at Whittington Way,    to infill housing. A location close to the      site. The two current sites do not allow development of the schools to meet
Bishop's Stortford                   flight paths of one of Europe's fastest          current needs, irrespective of any growth proposed in and around Bishop's
                                     growing airports is unsuitable for a major       Stortford in the Plan period to 2011. A survey was commissioned by the
                                     new education facility. The site on Hadham       schools to consider all possible alternative locations. The Hadham Road site
                                     Road would result in a better distribution of    was identified but was found to be too small. There were no other suitable
                                     schools and would lead to less rush hour         sites found in or around Bishop's Stortford.
                                     cross-town car journeys.
                                                                                      There will be a full assessment carried out of the transport implications of the
                                                                                      relocation of the schools. In line with current best practice, a Green Travel
                                                                                      Plan will be produced, maximising use of modes of transport other than the
                                                                                      car, which will include pedestrian, cycle and passenger transport. A positive
                                                                                      impact will be felt in the areas surrounding the current sites, with a reduction
                                                                                      in school run traffic in the congested centre of Bishop's Stortford. The
                                                                                      proposed new site is likely to be easier to access from any proposed
                                                                                      development on the ASRs than both the existing foundation school sites.

                                                                                      The site has been acoustically surveyed in the past and the 57 dB contour
                                                                                      runs some distance to the South East of the site. The school can be located
                                                                                      and constructed in such a way as to minimise the effects of any noise
                                                                                      pollution, whether it be from the bypass or air traffic.




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D2/03327/BIS/006/O                   The location of the new site would result in     No Change in Response to this Objection
Mrs Angela Aldam                     increased car journeys. In particular it is
                                     distant from the massive housing proposed        Comments noted. There will be a full assessment carried out of the transport
Policy BIS24                         on the ASRs. The southern extension of           implications of the relocation of the schools. In line with current best practice,
                                     Bishop's Stortford would inevitably lead later   a Green Travel Plan will be produced, maximising use of modes of transport
Site 571: Land at Whittington Way,    to infill housing. A location close to the      other than the car, which will include pedestrian, cycle and passenger
Bishop's Stortford                   flight paths of one of Europe's fastest          transport. A positive impact will be felt in the areas surrounding the current
                                     growing airports is unsuitable for a major       sites, with a reduction in school run traffic in the congested centre of Bishop's
                                     new education facility. The site on Hadham       Stortford. The proposed new site is likely to be easier to access from any
                                     Road would result in a better distribution of    proposed development on the ASRs than both the existing foundation school
                                     schools and would lead to less rush hour         sites.
                                     cross-town car journeys.
                                                                                      A survey was commissioned by the schools to consider all possible alternative
                                                                                      locations. The Hadham Road site was identified but was found to be too
                                                                                      small. There were no other suitable sites found in or around Bishop's
                                                                                      Stortford.

                                                                                      The site has been acoustically surveyed in the past and the 57 dB contour
                                                                                      runs some distance to the South East of the site. The school can be located
                                                                                      and constructed in such a way as to minimise the effects of any noise




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                                     Summary of Representations                      Council Response
D2/01657/BIS/022/O                   The 2 existing schools perform well, are        No Change in Response to this Objection
Bishop's Stortford Civic Society     within easy access of the bus and train
                                     stations and within walking distance of large   There is calculated to be a shortfall in secondary education provision in
Policy BIS24                         areas of housing. The Hadham Road site          Bishop's Stortford over the coming years. To help meet this projected shortfall
                                     would provide a good location in an area         the two foundation schools are proposing to relocate to the proposed new
Site 571: Land at Whittington Way,   poorly served by existing schools, and where    site. The two current sites do not allow development of the schools to meet
Bishop's Stortford                    pressure would increase with any               current needs, irrespective of any growth proposed in and around Bishop's
                                     development on the ASRs. The proposed           Stortford in the Plan period to 2011. A survey was commissioned by the
                                     site is in the worst possible location. It is   schools to consider all possible alternative locations. The Hadham Road site
                                     Green Belt, has no public transport links and   was identified but was found to be too small. The purchase of additional land
                                      is distant from greenfield housing              around this site would be too expensive and make the relocation unviable.
                                     developments envisaged by the Plan. The         There were no other suitable sites found in or around Bishop's Stortford.
                                     development of the existing school sites will
                                     add to the pressure of traffic congestion and   The Council acknowledges that the new site is in the Green Belt. However, in
                                     demand for school places. The policy also       view of the predicted shortfall in secondary school places, and the lack of
                                     conflicts with Policies TR2a and 3, ENV30       alternative sites, it was considered necessary to take proactive action for the
                                     and leisure objective 10.1.4D of this Plan.     long-term health of the town. The schools have advised that public facilities
                                     The policy should be deleted and the            will continue to be offered in a similar fashion at the proposed site, in modern
                                     Hadham Road site retained for educational        purpose built facilities.
                                     purposes.
                                                                                     There will be a full assessment carried out of the transport implications of the
                                                                                     relocation of the schools. In line with current best practice, a Green Travel
                                                                                     Plan will be produced, maximising use of modes of transport other than the
                                                                                     car, which will include pedestrian, cycle and passenger transport. A positive
                                                                                     impact will be felt in the areas surrounding the current sites, with a reduction
                                                                                     in school run traffic in the congested centre of Bishop's Stortford.

                                                                                     One of the existing school sites is close to the station but this is the most
                                                                                     constrained site. The provision of effective bus services is likely to be a key
                                                                                     part of any propesals for the site.




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                                     Summary of Representations                       Council Response
D2/01851/BIS/008/O                   CAUSE objects to this as it would be             No Change in Response to this Objection
CAUSE                                contrary to PPG3 as an unsustainable
                                     development on Greenfield site when there        There is calculated to be a shortfall in secondary education provision in
Policy BIS24                         is an alternative brownfield site available.     Bishop's Stortford over the coming years. To help meet this projected shortfall
Site 571: Land at Whittington Way,                                                     the two foundation schools are proposing to relocate to the proposed new
Bishop's Stortford                                                                    site. The two current sites do not allow development of the schools to meet
                                                                                      current needs, irrespective of any growth proposed in and around Bishop's
                                                                                      Stortford in the Plan period to 2011. A survey was commissioned by the
                                                                                      schools to consider all possible alternative locations. The Hadham Road site
                                                                                      was identified but was found to be too small. There were no other suitable
                                                                                      sites found in or around Bishop's Stortford.

                                                                                      The Council acknowledges that the new site is in the Green Belt. However, in
                                                                                      view of the predicted shortfall in secondary school places, and the lack of
                                                                                      alternative sites, it was considered necessary to take proactive action for the
                                                                                      long-term health of the town.

                                                                                      PPG3 relates mainly to housing development. However the sequential
                                                                                      approach advocated therein is a general principle that East Herts Council
                                                                                      support. However, in this case there are no better located alternative sites
                                                                                      available and it is necessary to identify a greenfield site.

D2/01851/BIS/009/O                   CAUSE objects to this as it would place an       No Change in Response to this Objection
CAUSE                                important educational facility for the town
                                     unnecessarily close to the flight paths of the   The site has been acoustically surveyed in the past and the 57 dB contour
Policy BIS24                         fastest growing airport in Europe.               runs some distance to the South East of the site. The school can be located
Site 571: Land at Whittington Way,                                                    and constructed in such a way as to minimise the effects of any noise
Bishop's Stortford                                                                    pollution, whether it be from the bypass or air traffic.
D2/01851/BIS/010/O                   CAUSE objects to this as it would generate a     No Change in Response to this Objection
CAUSE                                 net increase in car journeys from the town
                                     to a peripheral site at rush hours owing to      There will be a full assessment carried out of the transport implications of the
Policy BIS24                         the proposed location so far from the            relocation of the schools. In line with current best practice, a Green Travel
                                     majority of residential areas of the town. By    Plan will be produced, maximising use of modes of transport other than the
Site 571: Land at Whittington Way,   redeveloping so many central sites in the        car, which will include pedestrian, cycle and passenger transport. No
Bishop's Stortford                   town, and the ex school sites at the Herts       assumptions have been made as to the detailed modal split of travel to
                                     and Essex and Boys High School for               schools on the new site. However, effective bus provision is likely to be a key
                                     residential purposes then more pupils than       element of this split. A positive impact will be felt in the areas surrounding the
                                     before will travel cumulatively further by car    current sites, with a reduction in school run traffic in the congested centre of
                                     than previously to use the enlarged
                                     educational site. It is bad planning to
                                     assume that the majority of pupils will travel
                                     by bus to the new educational facility.



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                                     Summary of Representations                       Council Response
D2/01851/BIS/011/O                   This policy would be particularly difficult to   No Change in Response to this Objection
CAUSE                                reconcile with the planned release of
                                     housing to be built on the ASR lands which       Comments noted. There will be a full assessment carried out of the transport
Policy BIS24                         are situated about as far away from the          implications of the relocation of the schools. In line with current best practice,
                                     proposed educational facility as possible.       a Green Travel Plan will be produced, maximising use of modes of transport
Site 571: Land at Whittington Way,   Such housing on the ASRs would be for            other than the car, which will include pedestrian, cycle and passenger
Bishop's Stortford                   families and as such they would presumably       transport. A positive impact will be felt in the areas surrounding the current
                                     require some form of secondary education         sites, with a reduction in school run traffic in the congested centre of Bishop's
                                     meaning yet more reliance on car journeys.       Stortford. The proposed new site is likely to be easier to access from any
                                                                                      proposed development on the ASRs than both the existing foundation school

D2/01851/BIS/012/O                   CAUSE objects to this as the extension of        No Change in Response to this Objection
CAUSE                                the town’s built footprint to the South caused
                                      by this policy would undoubtedly propagate      There is calculated to be a shortfall in secondary education provision in
Policy BIS24                          the desire to infill as the future pressures    Bishop's Stortford over the coming years. To help meet this projected shortfall
                                     build on Bishops Stortford to absorb yet          the two foundation schools are proposing to relocate to the proposed new
Site 571: Land at Whittington Way,   more housing numbers from Regional               site. The two current sites do not allow development of the schools to meet
Bishop's Stortford                   Planning Guidance and other directives.          current needs, irrespective of any growth proposed in and around Bishop's
                                                                                      Stortford in the Plan period to 2011. A survey was commissioned by the
                                                                                      schools to consider all possible alternative locations. The Hadham Road site
                                                                                      was identified but was found to be too small. There were no other suitable
                                                                                      sites found in or around Bishop's Stortford.

                                                                                      The Council acknowledges that the new site is in the Green Belt. However, in
                                                                                      view of the predicted shortfall in secondary school places, and the lack of
                                                                                      alternative sites, it was considered necessary to take proactive action for the
                                                                                      long-term health of the town. Pressure already exists for further development
                                                                                      land around Bishop's Stortford and it is not considered appropriate to prevent
                                                                                      the two schools from expanding on these grounds.




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                                     Summary of Representations                        Council Response
D2/01852/BIS/001/O                   The siting of this facility so far to the south   No Change in Response to this Objection
Chantry Community Association        will promote more car journeys for the
                                     school run. The site is too close to the flight   There is calculated to be a shortfall in secondary education provision in
Policy BIS24                         paths. The Hadham Road site should be             Bishop's Stortford over the coming years. To help meet this projected shortfall
                                     investigated. The expansion of the built           the two foundation schools are proposing to relocate to the proposed new
Site 571: Land at Whittington Way,   environment to the south will lead to             site. The two current sites do not allow development of the schools to meet
Bishop's Stortford                   pressure for housing development. The             current needs, irrespective of any growth proposed in and around Bishop's
                                     policy should be deleted.                         Stortford in the Plan period to 2011. A survey was commissioned by the
                                                                                       schools to consider all possible alternative locations. The Hadham Road site
                                                                                       was identified but was found to be too small. There were no other suitable
                                                                                       sites found in or around Bishop's Stortford.

                                                                                       The Council acknowledges that the new site is in the Green Belt. However, in
                                                                                       view of the predicted shortfall in secondary school places, and the lack of
                                                                                       alternative sites, it was considered necessary to take proactive action for the
                                                                                       long-term health of the town.

                                                                                       There will be a full assessment carried out of the transport implications of the
                                                                                       relocation of the schools. In line with current best practice, a Green Travel
                                                                                       Plan will be produced, maximising use of modes of transport other than the
                                                                                       car, which will include pedestrian, cycle and passenger transport. A positive
                                                                                       impact will be felt in the areas surrounding the current sites, with a reduction
                                                                                       in school run traffic in the congested centre of Bishop's Stortford.

                                                                                       The site has been acoustically surveyed in the past and the 57 dB contour
                                                                                       runs some distance to the South East of the site. The school can be located
                                                                                       and constructed in such a way as to minimise the effects of any noise
                                                                                       pollution, whether it be from the bypass or air traffic.




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                                     Summary of Representations                         Council Response
D2/01182/BIS/009/O                   Use of this site will result in disproportionate   No Change in Response to this Objection
Mr David Hodgen                      loss of Green Belt for the number of school
                                     places created. It will also create excessive      This issue, along with the rest of the Re-Deposit Local Plan, was subject to
Policy BIS24                         traffic. The two existing school sites serve       public consultation in line with Government requirements. The two schools
                                     the town better. Extensive local consultation      have also conducted their own consultation exercises.
Site 571: Land at Whittington Way,    should be required before closing or
Bishop's Stortford                   relocating schools. The policy should be           There is calculated to be a shortfall in secondary education provision in
                                     deleted.                                           Bishop's Stortford over the coming years. To help meet this projected shortfall
                                                                                         the two foundation schools are proposing to relocate to the proposed new
                                                                                        site. The two current sites do not allow development of the schools to meet
                                                                                        current needs, irrespective of any growth proposed in and around Bishop's
                                                                                        Stortford in the Plan period to 2011. A survey was commissioned by the
                                                                                        schools to consider all possible alternative locations. The Hadham Road site
                                                                                        was identified but was found to be too small. There were no other suitable
                                                                                        sites found in or around Bishop's Stortford.

                                                                                        The Council acknowledges that the new site is in the Green Belt. However, in
                                                                                        view of the predicted shortfall in secondary school places, and the lack of
                                                                                        alternative sites, it was considered necessary to take proactive action for the
                                                                                        long-term health of the town.

                                                                                        There will be a full assessment carried out of the transport implications of the
                                                                                        relocation of the schools. In line with current best practice, a Green Travel
                                                                                        Plan will be produced, maximising use of modes of transport other than the
                                                                                        car, which will include pedestrian, cycle and passenger transport. A positive
                                                                                        impact will be felt in the areas surrounding the current sites, with a reduction
                                                                                        in school run traffic in the congested centre of Bishop's Stortford.




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                                     Summary of Representations                      Council Response
D2/03904/BIS/001/O/L                 This proposal is totally unsustainable,         No Change in Response to this Objection
Lib Dem groups, various              particularly from an environmental damage
                                     point of view. It will encourage more car       There is calculated to be a shortfall in secondary education provision in
Policy BIS24                         journeys, which will lead to gridlock on the    Bishop's Stortford over the coming years. To help meet this projected shortfall
                                     town's street and air pollution problems will    the two foundation schools are proposing to relocate to the proposed new
Site 571: Land at Whittington Way,   be multiplied. This change will send out the    site. The two current sites do not allow development of the schools to meet
Bishop's Stortford                    wrong message to predatory development         current needs, irrespective of any growth proposed in and around Bishop's
                                     proposals from housebuilders who will see       Stortford in the Plan period to 2011. A survey was commissioned by the
                                     this as a green light for other Green Belt      schools to consider all possible alternative locations. The Hadham Road site
                                     grabs.                                          was identified but was found to be too small. There were no other suitable
                                                                                     sites found in or around Bishop's Stortford.

                                                                                     The Council acknowledges that the new site is in the Green Belt. However, in
                                                                                     view of the predicted shortfall in secondary school places, and the lack of
                                                                                     alternative sites, it was considered necessary to take proactive action for the
                                                                                     long-term health of the town.

                                                                                     There will be a full assessment carried out of the transport implications of the
                                                                                     relocation of the schools. In line with current best practice, a Green Travel
                                                                                     Plan will be produced, maximising use of modes of transport other than the
                                                                                     car, which will include pedestrian, cycle and passenger transport. A positive
                                                                                     impact will be felt in the areas surrounding the current sites, with a reduction
                                                                                     in school run traffic in the congested centre of Bishop's Stortford.




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                                     Summary of Representations                      Council Response
D2/03873/BIS/002/O                   The two existing schools are within easy        No Change in Response to this Objection
Mr Simon Loveday                     access of the bus and train stations and
                                     within walking distance of large areas of       There is calculated to be a shortfall in secondary education provision in
Policy BIS24                         housing. The proposed site is Green Belt        Bishop's Stortford over the coming years. To help meet this projected shortfall
                                     and has no public transport links. The           the two foundation schools are proposing to relocate to the proposed new
Site 571: Land at Whittington Way,   development of the existing school sites will   site. The two current sites do not allow development of the schools to meet
Bishop's Stortford                   add to the pressure of traffic congestion and   current needs, irrespective of any growth proposed in and around Bishop's
                                     demand for school places. The policy also       Stortford in the Plan period to 2011. A survey was commissioned by the
                                     conflicts with Policies TR2a and 3, ENV30       schools to consider all possible alternative locations. The Hadham Road site
                                     and leisure objective 10.1.4D of this Plan.     was identified but was found to be too small. The purchase of additional land
                                     The Hadham Road site is a good site for a        around this site would be too expensive and make the relocation unviable.
                                     new secondary school in a part of town          There were no other suitable sites found in or around Bishop's Stortford.
                                     where no such facility is available. The
                                     policy should be deleted and the Hadham         The Council acknowledges that the new site is in the Green Belt. However, in
                                     Road site retained for educational purposes.    view of the predicted shortfall in secondary school places, and the lack of
                                                                                     alternative sites, it was considered necessary to take proactive action for the
                                                                                     long-term health of the town. The schools have advised that public facilities
                                                                                     will continue to be offered in a similar fashion at the proposed site, in modern
                                                                                      purpose built facilities.

                                                                                     There will be a full assessment carried out of the transport implications of the
                                                                                     relocation of the schools. In line with current best practice, a Green Travel
                                                                                     Plan will be produced, maximising use of modes of transport other than the
                                                                                     car, which will include pedestrian, cycle and passenger transport. A positive
                                                                                     impact will be felt in the areas surrounding the current sites, with a reduction
                                                                                     in school run traffic in the congested centre of Bishop's Stortford.

                                                                                     One of the existing school sites is close to the station but this is the most
                                                                                     constrained site. The provision of effective bus services is likely to be a key
                                                                                     part of any propesals for the site.




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                                      Summary of Representations                         Council Response
D2/02798/BIS/002/O                    It is unnecessary to demolish two schools          No Change in Response to this Objection
Maple Avenue Frontagers Association   and build another out of town, away from
                                      the majority of its pupils. It will generate far   There is calculated to be a shortfall in secondary education provision in
Policy BIS24                          more car journeys for staff and parents alike.     Bishop's Stortford over the coming years. To help meet this projected shortfall
                                      It is too close to the flight path for noise,       the two foundation schools are proposing to relocate to the proposed new
Site 571: Land at Whittington Way,    pollution (fuel emissions) and safety. Policy      site. These two schools perform well and they are not proposing to merge. At
Bishop's Stortford                    should be deleted and alternative sites -          the proposed site, there will be two single sex schools located adjacent to
                                      namely adjacent to the Fire Station - should       each other in modern, purpose built facilities that will enhance the learning
                                      be investigated.                                   environment for the future generations of Bishop's Stortford.

                                                                                         The two current sites do not allow development of the schools to meet current
                                                                                          needs, irrespective of any growth proposed in and around Bishop's Stortford
                                                                                         in the Plan period to 2011. A survey was commissioned by the schools to
                                                                                         consider all possible alternative locations. The Hadham Road site was
                                                                                         identified but was found to be too small. The purchase of additional land
                                                                                         around this site would be too expensive and make the relocation unviable.
                                                                                         There were no other suitable sites found in or around Bishop's Stortford.

                                                                                         The Council acknowledges that the new site is in the Green Belt. However, in
                                                                                         view of the predicted shortfall in secondary school places, and the lack of
                                                                                         alternative sites, it was considered necessary to take proactive action for the
                                                                                         long-term health of the town. The schools have advised that public facilities
                                                                                         will continue to be offered in a similar fashion at the proposed site, in modern
                                                                                          purpose built facilities.

                                                                                         There will be a full assessment carried out of the transport implications of the
                                                                                         relocation of the schools. In line with current best practice, a Green Travel
                                                                                         Plan will be produced, maximising use of modes of transport other than the
                                                                                         car, which will include pedestrian, cycle and passenger transport. A positive
                                                                                         impact will be felt in the areas surrounding the current sites, with a reduction
                                                                                         in school run traffic in the congested centre of Bishop's Stortford.

                                                                                         The site has been acoustically surveyed in the past and the 57 dB contour
                                                                                         runs some distance to the South East of the site. The school can be located
                                                                                         and constructed in such a way as to minimise the effects of any noise
                                                                                         pollution, whether it be from the bypass or air traffic.




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                                     Summary of Representations                       Council Response
D2/01322/BIS/002/O                   This site is greenfield - it should remain so.   No Change in Response to this Objection
Mrs Angela Marshall                  It is under the flight path from Stansted
                                     Airport - why inflict this on our children. An   There is calculated to be a shortfall in secondary education provision in
Policy BIS24                         alternative, and more accessible, site should    Bishop's Stortford over the coming years. To help meet this projected shortfall
                                      be identified for a new school, if required.     the two foundation schools are proposing to relocate to the proposed new
Site 571: Land at Whittington Way,   Possibly near the Fire Station off Hadham        site. The two current sites do not allow development of the schools to meet
Bishop's Stortford                   Road.                                            current needs, irrespective of any growth proposed in and around Bishop's
                                                                                      Stortford in the Plan period to 2011. A survey was commissioned by the
                                                                                      schools to consider all possible alternative locations. The Hadham Road site
                                                                                      was identified but was found to be too small. There were no other suitable
                                                                                      sites found in or around Bishop's Stortford.

                                                                                      The Council acknowledges that the new site is in the Green Belt. However, in
                                                                                      view of the predicted shortfall in secondary school places, and the lack of
                                                                                      alternative sites, it was considered necessary to take proactive action for the
                                                                                      long-term health of the town.

                                                                                      There will be a full assessment carried out of the transport implications of the
                                                                                      relocation of the schools. In line with current best practice, a Green Travel
                                                                                      Plan will be produced, maximising use of modes of transport other than the
                                                                                      car, which will include pedestrian, cycle and passenger transport. A positive
                                                                                      impact will be felt in the areas surrounding the current sites, with a reduction
                                                                                      in school run traffic in the congested centre of Bishop's Stortford.

                                                                                      The site has been acoustically surveyed in the past and the 57 dB contour
                                                                                      runs some distance to the South East of the site. The school can be located
                                                                                      and constructed in such a way as to minimise the effects of any noise
                                                                                      pollution, whether it be from the bypass or air traffic.

D2/03528/BIS/007/O                   Provided that sufficient very special            No Change in Response to this Objection
Prospect Planning on behalf of Mr    circumstances exist to justify the erection of
Julian Reading                       the new school, planning permission could        Comments noted. It is considered a more appropriate route for this issue to be
                                     be granted notwithstanding the site's Green      dealt with through the Local Plan Inquiry process.
Policy BIS24                         Belt status. There is no need to remove the
                                     site from the Green Belt and create a poorly
Site 571: Land at Whittington Way,   defined boundary.
Bishop's Stortford
D2/03528/BIS/008/O                   The removal of this site from the Green Belt     No Change in Response to this Objection
Prospect Planning on behalf of Mr    is likely to encourage HCC as LEA to seek
Julian Reading                       other forms of "enabling" development on         The Local Planning Authority will consider any "enabling" development on
                                     any part of the 15ha not required for            its merits. This is not considered a valid reason to delete the allocation,
Policy BIS24                         education facilities. This was acknowledged      particularly in view of the lack of alternative facilities.
                                     by the Local Plan Executive Panel in Spring
Site 571: Land at Whittington Way,    2004.
Bishop's Stortford

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D2/03528/BIS/009/O                   This is not a sustainable site for a new           No Change in Response to this Objection
Prospect Planning on behalf of Mr    school and associated leisure facilities,
Julian Reading                       being too distant from the main residential        There will be a full assessment carried out of the transport implications of the
                                     areas which it will serve to encourage pupils      relocation of the schools. In line with current best practice, a Green Travel
Policy BIS24                         to walk or cycle. The site should be deleted       Plan will be produced, maximising use of modes of transport other than the
                                     and alternatives considered.                       car, which will include pedestrian, cycle and passenger transport. A positive
Site 571: Land at Whittington Way,
Bishop's Stortford                                                                      impact will be felt in the areas surrounding the current sites, with a reduction
                                                                                        in school run traffic in the congested centre of Bishop's Stortford.

D2/01191/BIS/005/O                   It is not sustainable to demolish two good         No Change in Response to this Objection
Dr Heather E Rowley                  schools when there is an alternative site
                                     which could, subject to review, meet the           There is calculated to be a shortfall in secondary education provision in
Policy BIS24                         pressing secondary education needs in the          Bishop's Stortford over the coming years. To help meet this projected shortfall
                                     west of Stortford. The new site is too close to     the two foundation schools are proposing to relocate to the proposed new
Site 571: Land at Whittington Way,    the flight paths for necessary tranquillity for   site. These two schools perform well and they are not proposing to merge. At
Bishop's Stortford                   education. The policy should be deleted            the proposed site, there will be two single sex schools located adjacent to
                                     and alternative sites in the west of the town      each other in modern, purpose built facilities that will enhance the learning
                                     should be reviewed.                                environment for the future generations of Bishop's Stortford.

                                                                                        The two current sites do not allow development of the schools to meet current
                                                                                         needs, irrespective of any growth proposed in and around Bishop's Stortford
                                                                                        in the Plan period to 2011. A survey was commissioned by the schools to
                                                                                        consider all possible alternative locations. The Hadham Road site was
                                                                                        identified but was found to be too small. The purchase of additional land
                                                                                        around this site would be too expensive and make the relocation unviable.
                                                                                        There were no other suitable sites found in or around Bishop's Stortford.

                                                                                        The Council acknowledges that the new site is in the Green Belt. However, in
                                                                                        view of the predicted shortfall in secondary school places, and the lack of
                                                                                        alternative sites, it was considered necessary to take proactive action for the
                                                                                        long-term health of the town. The schools have advised that public facilities
                                                                                        will continue to be offered in a similar fashion at the proposed site, in modern
                                                                                         purpose built facilities.

                                                                                        The site has been acoustically surveyed in the past and the 57 dB contour
                                                                                        runs some distance to the South East of the site. The school can be located
                                                                                        and constructed in such a way as to minimise the effects of any noise
                                                                                        pollution, whether it be from the bypass or air traffic.




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                                     Summary of Representations                       Council Response
D2/01439/BIS/005/O                   It is an unnecessary incursion into the          No Change in Response to this Objection
Mr Philip S B Rowley                 greenfield sites surrounding the town. It will
                                     further unbalance the siting of educational      There is calculated to be a shortfall in secondary education provision in
Policy BIS24                         facilities when an alternative site exists off   Bishop's Stortford over the coming years. To help meet this projected shortfall
                                     Hadham Road. The new site is too close to         the two foundation schools are proposing to relocate to the proposed new
Site 571: Land at Whittington Way,   the flight paths. The new site will generate     site. The two current sites do not allow development of the schools to meet
Bishop's Stortford                   more traffic flows at rush hours. Policy         current needs, irrespective of any growth proposed in and around Bishop's
                                     should be deleted and the alternative site       Stortford in the Plan period to 2011. A survey was commissioned by the
                                     investigated.                                    schools to consider all possible alternative locations. The Hadham Road site
                                                                                      was identified but was found to be too small. There were no other suitable
                                                                                      sites found in or around Bishop's Stortford.

                                                                                      The Council acknowledges that the new site is in the Green Belt. However, in
                                                                                      view of the predicted shortfall in secondary school places, and the lack of
                                                                                      alternative sites, it was considered necessary to take proactive action for the
                                                                                      long-term health of the town.

                                                                                      There will be a full assessment carried out of the transport implications of the
                                                                                      relocation of the schools. In line with current best practice, a Green Travel
                                                                                      Plan will be produced, maximising use of modes of transport other than the
                                                                                      car, which will include pedestrian, cycle and passenger transport. A positive
                                                                                      impact will be felt in the areas surrounding the current sites, with a reduction
                                                                                      in school run traffic in the congested centre of Bishop's Stortford.

                                                                                      The site has been acoustically surveyed in the past and the 57 dB contour
                                                                                      runs some distance to the South East of the site. The school can be located
                                                                                      and constructed in such a way as to minimise the effects of any noise
                                                                                      pollution, whether it be from the bypass or air traffic.




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                                     Summary of Representations                    Council Response
D2/02146/BIS/005/O                   It is not necessary to demolish two schools   No Change in Response to this Objection
Ms Katie Rowley                      and resite one enlarged campus out of town
                                     under the flight path and where it is a       There is calculated to be a shortfall in secondary education provision in
Policy BIS24                         necessary car journey for all students and    Bishop's Stortford over the coming years. To help meet this projected shortfall
                                     staff. The Hadham Road site should be          the two foundation schools are proposing to relocate to the proposed new
Site 571: Land at Whittington Way,   considered.                                   site. These two schools perform well and they are not proposing to merge. At
Bishop's Stortford
                                                                                   the proposed site, there will be two single sex schools located adjacent to
                                                                                   each other in modern, purpose built facilities that will enhance the learning
                                                                                   environment for the future generations of Bishop's Stortford.

                                                                                   The two current sites do not allow development of the schools to meet current
                                                                                    needs, irrespective of any growth proposed in and around Bishop's Stortford
                                                                                   in the Plan period to 2011. A survey was commissioned by the schools to
                                                                                   consider all possible alternative locations. The Hadham Road site was
                                                                                   identified but was found to be too small. The purchase of additional land
                                                                                   around this site would be too expensive and make the relocation unviable.
                                                                                   There were no other suitable sites found in or around Bishop's Stortford.

                                                                                   The Council acknowledges that the new site is in the Green Belt. However, in
                                                                                   view of the predicted shortfall in secondary school places, and the lack of
                                                                                   alternative sites, it was considered necessary to take proactive action for the
                                                                                   long-term health of the town.

                                                                                   There will be a full assessment carried out of the transport implications of the
                                                                                   relocation of the schools. In line with current best practice, a Green Travel
                                                                                   Plan will be produced, maximising use of modes of transport other than the
                                                                                   car, which will include pedestrian, cycle and passenger transport. A positive
                                                                                   impact will be felt in the areas surrounding the current sites, with a reduction
                                                                                   in school run traffic in the congested centre of Bishop's Stortford.

                                                                                   The site has been acoustically surveyed in the past and the 57 dB contour
                                                                                   runs some distance to the South East of the site. The school can be located
                                                                                   and constructed in such a way as to minimise the effects of any noise
                                                                                   pollution, whether it be from the bypass or air traffic.




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                                     Summary of Representations                         Council Response
D2/01451/BIS/006/O                   The proposed location is a considerable            No Change in Response to this Objection
Mr R T Spooner                       distance from the majority of residential
                                     areas. Redeveloping areas in the town for          There is calculated to be a shortfall in secondary education provision in
Policy BIS24                         residential purposes will significantly            Bishop's Stortford over the coming years. To help meet this projected shortfall
                                     increase the number of car journeys to              the two foundation schools are proposing to relocate to the proposed new
Site 571: Land at Whittington Way,   schools. The alternative site off Hadham           site. The two current sites do not allow development of the schools to meet
Bishop's Stortford                   Road should be considered.                         current needs, irrespective of any growth proposed in and around Bishop's
                                                                                        Stortford in the Plan period to 2011. A survey was commissioned by the
                                                                                        schools to consider all possible alternative locations. The Hadham Road site
                                                                                        was identified but was found to be too small. There were no other suitable
                                                                                        sites found in or around Bishop's Stortford.

                                                                                        The Council acknowledges that the new site is in the Green Belt. However, in
                                                                                        view of the predicted shortfall in secondary school places, and the lack of
                                                                                        alternative sites, it was considered necessary to take proactive action for the
                                                                                        long-term health of the town.

                                                                                        There will be a full assessment carried out of the transport implications of the
                                                                                        relocation of the schools. In line with current best practice, a Green Travel
                                                                                        Plan will be produced, maximising use of modes of transport other than the
                                                                                        car, which will include pedestrian, cycle and passenger transport. A positive
                                                                                        impact will be felt in the areas surrounding the current sites, with a reduction
                                                                                        in school run traffic in the congested centre of Bishop's Stortford.

D2/03097/BIS/007/O                   I object on the basis of the increase in traffic   No Change in Response to this Objection
Mrs J A Spooner                       in mornings and afternoons. It should not
                                     be assumed that children will use buses.           There will be a full assessment carried out of the transport implications of the
Policy BIS24                         The Hadham Road site is closer to                  relocation of the schools. In line with current best practice, a Green Travel
                                     residential areas. Redevelopment of the            Plan will be produced, maximising use of modes of transport other than the
Site 571: Land at Whittington Way,   existing school sites for housing will             car, which will include pedestrian, cycle and passenger transport. A positive
Bishop's Stortford                   generate more traffic across town.                 impact will be felt in the areas surrounding the current sites, with a reduction
                                                                                        in school run traffic in the congested centre of Bishop's Stortford.




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                                     Summary of Representations                       Council Response
D2/02674/BIS/001/O                   I object to this as it would be contrary to      No Change in Response to this Objection
Mrs Margaret Thomson                 PPG3 as an unsustainable development on
                                     Greenfield site when there is an alternative     There is calculated to be a shortfall in secondary education provision in
Policy BIS24                         brownfield site available.                       Bishop's Stortford over the coming years. To help meet this projected shortfall
Site 571: Land at Whittington Way,                                                     the two foundation schools are proposing to relocate to the proposed new
Bishop's Stortford                                                                    site. The two current sites do not allow development of the schools to meet
                                                                                      current needs, irrespective of any growth proposed in and around Bishop's
                                                                                      Stortford in the Plan period to 2011. A survey was commissioned by the
                                                                                      schools to consider all possible alternative locations. The Hadham Road site
                                                                                      was identified but was found to be too small. There were no other suitable
                                                                                      sites found in or around Bishop's Stortford.

                                                                                      The Council acknowledges that the new site is in the Green Belt. However, in
                                                                                      view of the predicted shortfall in secondary school places, and the lack of
                                                                                      alternative sites, it was considered necessary to take proactive action for the
                                                                                      long-term health of the town.

                                                                                      PPG3 relates mainly to housing development. However the sequential
                                                                                      approach advocated therein is a general principle that East Herts Council
                                                                                      support. However, in this case there are no better located alternative sites
                                                                                      available and it is necessary to identify a greenfield site.

D2/02674/BIS/002/O                   I object to this as it would place an            No Change in Response to this Objection
Mrs Margaret Thomson                 important educational facility for the town
                                     unnecessarily close to the flight paths of the   The site has been acoustically surveyed in the past and the 57 dB contour
Policy BIS24                         fastest growing airport in Europe.               runs some distance to the South East of the site. The school can be located
Site 571: Land at Whittington Way,                                                    and constructed in such a way as to minimise the effects of any noise
Bishop's Stortford                                                                    pollution, whether it be from the bypass or air traffic.
D2/02674/BIS/003/O                   I object to this as it would generate a net      No Change in Response to this Objection
Mrs Margaret Thomson                 increase in car journeys from the town to a
                                     peripheral site at rush hours owing to the       There will be a full assessment carried out of the transport implications of the
Policy BIS24                         proposed location so far from the majority of    relocation of the schools. In line with current best practice, a Green Travel
                                      residential areas of the town. By               Plan will be produced, maximising use of modes of transport other than the
Site 571: Land at Whittington Way,   redeveloping so many central sites in the        car, which will include pedestrian, cycle and passenger transport. No
Bishop's Stortford                   town, and the ex school sites at the Herts       assumptions have been made as to the detailed modal split of travel to
                                     and Essex and Boys High School for               schools on the new site. However, effective bus provision is likely to be a key
                                     residential purposes then more pupils than       element of this split. A positive impact will be felt in the areas surrounding the
                                     before will travel cumulatively further by car    current sites, with a reduction in school run traffic in the congested centre of
                                     than previously to use the enlarged
                                     educational site. It is bad planning to
                                     assume that the majority of pupils will travel
                                     by bus to the new educational facility.



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                                        Summary of Representations                        Council Response
D2/02674/BIS/004/O                      This policy would be particularly difficult to    No Change in Response to this Objection
Mrs Margaret Thomson                    reconcile with the planned release of
                                        housing to be built on the ASR lands which        Comments noted. There will be a full assessment carried out of the transport
Policy BIS24                            are situated about as far away from the           implications of the relocation of the schools. In line with current best practice,
                                        proposed educational facility as possible.        a Green Travel Plan will be produced, maximising use of modes of transport
Site 571: Land at Whittington Way,      Such housing on the ASRs would be for             other than the car, which will include pedestrian, cycle and passenger
Bishop's Stortford                      families and as such they would presumably        transport. A positive impact will be felt in the areas surrounding the current
                                        require some form of secondary education          sites, with a reduction in school run traffic in the congested centre of Bishop's
                                        meaning yet more reliance on car journeys.        Stortford. The proposed new site is likely to be easier to access from any
                                                                                          proposed development on the ASRs than both the existing foundation school

D2/02674/BIS/005/O                      I object to this as the extension of the town’s   No Change in Response to this Objection
Mrs Margaret Thomson                    built footprint to the South caused by this
                                        policy would undoubtedly propagate the            There is calculated to be a shortfall in secondary education provision in
Policy BIS24                            desire to infill as the future pressures build    Bishop's Stortford over the coming years. To help meet this projected shortfall
                                        on Bishops Stortford to absorb yet more            the two foundation schools are proposing to relocate to the proposed new
Site 571: Land at Whittington Way,      housing numbers from Regional Planning            site. The two current sites do not allow development of the schools to meet
Bishop's Stortford                      Guidance and other directives.                    current needs, irrespective of any growth proposed in and around Bishop's
                                                                                          Stortford in the Plan period to 2011. A survey was commissioned by the
                                                                                          schools to consider all possible alternative locations. The Hadham Road site
                                                                                          was identified but was found to be too small. There were no other suitable
                                                                                          sites found in or around Bishop's Stortford.

                                                                                          The Council acknowledges that the new site is in the Green Belt. However, in
                                                                                          view of the predicted shortfall in secondary school places, and the lack of
                                                                                          alternative sites, it was considered necessary to take proactive action for the
                                                                                          long-term health of the town. Pressure already exists for further development
                                                                                          land around Bishop's Stortford and it is not considered appropriate to prevent
                                                                                          the two schools from expanding on these grounds.

D2/01629/BIS/064/S                      The provision of a secondary school site          Support Noted and Welcomed
Andrew Martin Associates on behalf of   through the release of this site from the
Countryside Properties Ltd              Green Belt is supported. Land at Whittington
                                         Way represents a sustainable development
Policy BIS24                            opportunity which will enable and support
                                        physical and social infrastructure.
Site 571: Land at Whittington Way,
Bishop's Stortford




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                                        Summary of Representations                          Council Response
D2/01629/BIS/065/O                      This site meets the requirements of PPG3 in         No Change in Response to this Objection
Andrew Martin Associates on behalf of    terms of its ability to build communities, to
Countryside Properties Ltd              support new physical and social                     Insufficient information and justification is available, in terms of
                                        infrastructure and to provide demand to             demonstrating exceptional circumstances, to warrant the release of further
Policy BIS24                            sustain appropriate local services and              land at site 574 from the Green Belt for mixed use development as part of the
                                        facilities. The site will result in the provision    development/funding proposals for the new schools site.
Site 574: Land south of new school      of a mix of housing, public transport
site, bounded by Thorley Lane, A1184
and London Road, Bishop's Stortford     improvements, public open space,
                                        landscaping, and could accommodate a
                                        park and ride facility with bus services. Such
                                        development will involve substantial lead
                                        time and therefore certainty is needed now
                                        to ensure the proper planning of
                                        development.




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                East Herts Local Plan Second Review Re-Deposit Version
                            Schedule of Pre-Inquiry Changes

11. Bishop's Stortford
Paragraph 11.1.4          Paragraph to be Amended
Clarify wording of Objective 10 to include other non-visual enhancements.

AMENDED OBJECTIVE TO READ

10. To enhance the River Stort and encourage its use for pleasure and for transport of goods
and people.
Reason:
In Response to Objection Number(s):-
D2/01647/BIS/067/O        Environment Agency
To clarify the Plan.
Paragraph 11.3.3           Paragraph to be Amended
Further details are given in this paragraph to clarify that this area of land is proposed to be
included in the Green Belt and also designated under Policy LRC1.

AMENDED PARAGRAPH TO READ

11.3.3 The Council has given further consideration to the area of land north and south of
Cannons Mill Lane. In terms of its character and existing land-use this area of land relates
more closely to the land to the west on the other side of the railway line, which is currently
designated as Green Belt and as open space under Policy LRC1, rather than the built-up
area to the east. It is considered that it is required to be kept permanently open and
undeveloped, due to its contribution to Green Belt purposes and the positive relationship with
the adjoining Green Belt land. The Green Belt boundary has therefore been amended to
include this area. This new inner boundary forms a defensible Green Belt boundary that
better reflects the natural landform of the Stort valley and flood plain and that this area
should
be kept permanently open. This area has also been allocated under Policy LRC1.

Reason:
In Response to Objection Number(s):-
D2/01566/BIS/018/S        Bishop's Stortford Town Council
To Clarify the Plan.
Policy BIS14              Policy to be Amended
Delete reference to "public" transport and replace with "passenger" transport.

AMENDED CRITERION II(c) TO READ

(c) the form of new development should improve and complete open areas in the townscape
and strengthen and enhance pedestrian and cycling movement in the town. Routes should
be established between the town, the river, shopping areas, car parks, and passenger
transport stops / interchange;
Reason:

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                East Herts Local Plan Second Review Re-Deposit Version
                            Schedule of Pre-Inquiry Changes

To ensure consistency throughout the Plan.
Paragraph 11.17.3        Paragraph to be Amended
Add reference to the recent planning permission granted for part of the site.

AMENDED PARAGRAPH TO READ

11.17.3 The District Council now places more emphasis on achieving new dwellings on
brownfield land within urban areas. This site is seen as an excellent opportunity to further this
 aim and a revised estimate of the site’s dwelling capacity has been made in Policy BIS2.
However, the site should also aim to strengthen the viability and vitality of the town centre as
a
 whole, and a mixed use development scheme is therefore still regarded as appropriate. In
October 2004 the District Council resolved to grant planning permission for residential
development for 208 units on the John Dyde site.
Reason:
In Response to Objection Number(s):-
D2/01657/BIS/018/O        Bishop's Stortford Civic Society
To update the Plan.
Paragraph 11.18.7         Paragraph to be Amended
Delete reference to "public" transport and replace with "passenger" transport.

AMENDED POLICY TO READ

11.18.7 It is now common practice for major development schemes to make a substantial
financial contribution to helping with the transportation problems of both the site itself and the
surrounding area. The larger the development scheme, the larger the contribution can be
expected. It is too early to state at this stage what transportation measures will be expected
from developers at the various major sites throughout Bishop’s Stortford. However, with the
exception of the Goods Yard / John Dyde Training College Site and the Adderley Road Site,
because no major link roads to or around any of the sites are needed (which would normally
be provided by the developer of a site), then a substantial sum of money can instead be
directed to passenger transport, walking and/or cycling. The two exception sites mentioned
require road improvement works, though contributions to passenger transport, walking and
cycling facilities would still be expected as part of the development proposals. The Bishop’s
Stortford Transportation Plan will help to determine the most appropriate, yet reasonable,
measures to be provided by developers. Chapter 18 (Implementation) and, in particular,
Policy IMP1 address the issue of developer contributions in the wider sense.


Reason:
In Response to Objection Number(s):-
D2/03799/BIS/038/O        HCC Passenger Transport Unit
To ensure consistency throughout the Plan.




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                                                                             APPENDIX ‘D12’
11.      BISHOP’S STORTFORD

11.1     Background

11.1.1   Bishop's Stortford is a prosperous market town of pleasant character set within the
         attractive countryside of the Stort Valley. Historically sited on an important route
         intersection, the town continues to evolve today, yet it successfully maintains its
         medieval heritage for the enjoyment of present and future generations. An
         extensive Conservation Area, with numerous 'listed’ buildings, is centred in the
         North Street - Bridge Street - Windhill area.

11.1.2   Recent development has been concentrated towards the west and south west of
         the town, where considerable numbers of homes have been built, to cater both for
         the needs of the expanding Stansted Airport, which lies only three miles to the
         north-east of the town, and the town’s share of East Herts own needs.

11.1.3   This chapter sets out the planning issues and policies specific to Bishop’s
         Stortford. These seek to make the most of the opportunities which are available for
         the town, whilst ensuring the retention and enhancement of its existing attractive
         character.

11.1.4   The aims and objectives of the Local Plan for Bishop’s Stortford are as follows:-

         Aims

         A.     To maintain and enhance the attractiveness of Bishop’s Stortford as a
                pleasant place in which to live, grow up, work, shop and spend leisure time.

         B.     To make appropriate provision for the necessary needs of the present and
                future generations, including those dependent on Stansted Airport, in a way
                which is consistent with the principles of sustainable development.

         C.     To further ameliorate the effects of traffic on the town centre.

         D.     To maintain the Green Belt surrounding the town.

         Objectives

         1.     To ensure a sufficient supply of housing land is identified for Bishop’s
                Stortford (including that associated with any possible further expansion of
                Stansted Airport in the Plan period), in accordance with the District Housing
                Provision Strategy contained in Chapter 3 (Housing).

         2.     To ensure that development meets the principles of sustainable
                development, as set out in Chapters 1a (Introduction)and 2 (Sustainable
                Development) of this Local Plan.



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         3.     To maintain and enhance the vitality and viability of the town centre through
                measures to: encourage a range of shops, services, and employment;
                prevent erosion or dilution of its retail and service function; encourage
                provision of residential accommodation and diversification of functions and
                services and, on appropriate sites, a mix of uses; and to maintain the town
                centre as a social focus for the community.

         4.     To maintain and encourage employment opportunities for local people, by
                retaining sufficient employment land and protecting Employment Areas for
                such purposes, whilst continuing to recognise the growing employment
                opportunities at Stansted Airport.

         5.     To assist, through the preparation of development briefs, in the regeneration
                of derelict, under used or vacant land.

         6.     To continue to address problems of traffic congestion in the town, through
                encouraging travel by means other than the car and other appropriate
                demand management measures.

         7.     Where resources permit, to continue to improve the built environment of
                Bishop’s Stortford, through street enhancements and maintenance of its
                historic character.

         8.     To maximise the use of previously developed land and other sites within the
                defined limits of the town for development and restrict to the greatest extent
                possible the need for ‘greenfield’ sites (including long-term strategic reserve
                sites, i.e. the ASR’s).

         9.     To maintain and consolidate the Metropolitan Green Belt around Bishop’s
                Stortford, with additions to it where appropriate.

         10.    To enhance the attractiveness of the River Stort and encourage its use for
                pleasure and for transport of goods and people.

11.2     Issues

11.2.1   Continued expansion of Stansted Airport, together with a significant local need for
         housing, means the key issue and priority for the town in the Plan period will be the
         accommodation of further residential development and associated infrastructure,
         including shops and services. This should not, however, be considered as a threat
         to the quality of the town, but an opportunity to provide for a better overall structure
         for Bishop’s Stortford. The challenge is to take this opportunity created by further
         development and address the wider, but fundamental needs of the town, in the
         fields of:

         •      transportation
         •      education - both primary and secondary

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         •      leisure and recreation
         •      community facilities
         •      sustainability

11.2.2   There is also the added pressure of a growing population in the smaller
         settlements in nearby west Essex, who will naturally look to Bishop’s Stortford as
         their local centre. This again has the potential to create opportunities for Bishop’s
         Stortford, but it does also pose problems, and this has to be borne in mind in
         evolving a development strategy for Bishop’s Stortford.

11.3     Settlement Limits

11.3.1   Despite its steady growth Bishop’s Stortford has, in the main, been successfully
         contained within the confines of the valley of the River Stort. The surrounding
         attractive countryside thereby remains an accessible asset to the town’s
         inhabitants, whilst the town itself remains remarkably well hidden from distant
         views.

11.3.2   With the exception of most of the area inside the northern bypass, Bishop’s
         Stortford is tightly surrounded by the Metropolitan Green Belt. The Adopted 1st
         Review Local Plan (Incorporating Alterations) identified a significant amount of land
         within the northern bypass as five Areas of Special Restraint and an additional
         Special Countryside Area (see below), all of which were excluded from the Green
         Belt. This area of non-Green Belt land will not be required in the Plan period, other
         than for reasons set out in section 11.6.

11.3.3   The Council has given further consideration to the area of land north and south of
         Cannons Mill Lane. In terms of its character and existing land-use this area of land
         relates more closely to the land to the west on the other side of the railway line,
         which is currently designated as Green Belt and as open space under Policy
         LRC1, rather than the built-up area to the east. It is considered that it is required to
         be kept permanently open and undeveloped, due to its contribution to Green Belt
         purposes and the positive relationship with the adjoining Green Belt land. The
         Green Belt boundary has therefore been amended to include this area. This new
         inner boundary forms a defensible Green Belt boundary that better reflects the
         natural landform of the Stort valley and flood plain and that this area should be kept
         permanently open. This area has also been allocated under Policy LRC1.

11.3.4   An area where the Green Belt boundary requires clarification is at Heron Court.
         This formed part of the Green Belt but housing development took place some time
         ago. To properly reflect the situation on the ground it is proposed to remove this
         area from the Green Belt and include it within the settlement limits of the town.

11.3.5   A further review of the Green Belt boundary is necessary in relation to a site to the
         south of the town proposed for new secondary education provision (see section
         11.24 and Policy BIS24).


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11.4      Special Countryside Area

11.4.1    As referred to above, within the inner Green Belt boundary around the bypass lies
          an area of land not comprising an ASR and in respect of which no long-term
          strategic need has been established. The 1999 Adopted Local Plan identified the
          land as Special Countryside Area (SCA). The District Council attaches great
          importance to the retention of this land as open countryside for the foreseeable
          future.


BIS1a     (Existing Policy BS3a) Special Countryside Area

          (I)    The District Council will maintain the land between ASR3 and the by-
                 pass as defined on the proposals map as a Special Countryside Area
                 wherein, until such time as a strategic need to the contrary is
                 established, the provisions of Policies GBC2 and GBC3 will apply.

          (II)   The status of the land as a Special Countryside Area shall only be
                 reassessed as a result of a review to this Plan; and only then in the
                 event that strategic planning requirements dictate such a
                 reassessment as being necessary.

11.5      Housing

11.5.1    Based on the Housing Provision Strategy, as outlined in Chapter 3 (Housing),
          Bishop’s Stortford needs to make provision for 1,448 dwellings between 1999 and
          2011. Of these, 756 dwellings are to cater for the housing needs of the town and a
          proportion of the surrounding hinterland. The remaining 692 dwellings are
          identified for the continued expansion of Stansted Airport, to its currently permitted
          level of 25 million passengers per annum within the Plan period. It is expected that
          affordable housing will be provided in accordance with Policies HSG7 and HSG8 in
          Chapter 3 (Housing).

11.5.2    The District Council is committed to accommodating as many as possible of its
          dwelling requirement on appropriate ‘brownfield’ or ‘previously-developed’ sites
          within its towns, including Bishop’s Stortford. Brownfield sites in Bishop’s Stortford
          actively supported by the Council for development are detailed in the Policy below,
          with an indication of the estimated dwelling capacity for each site.

11.5.2a   Sites identified in the Deposit Version of the Local Plan, completed between April
          1999 and March 2003, have been removed from Policy BIS2 and are detailed
          below:




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           Completed Deposit Version Housing Allocations (included in Table 3.2 (b) in
           Chapter 3, Housing)

           Location       Ref     Brownfield/       Site-                     Actual
                          No      Greenfield      Specific                  Number of
                                                   Policy                   Dwellings
                                                                Open     Affordable         Total
                                                                market
         103/105          307     Brownfield        N/A          21            0              21
         London Road

11.5.3     Deposit Plan allocated sites, granted planning permission but not completed
           between April 1999 and March 2003, contributed towards the original required
           provision and are, therefore, incorporated in Policy BIS2 below. The remaining
           Bishop’s Stortford provision will come from the other allocated sites listed in Policy
           BIS2.

BIS2       (New Policy) Housing Allocations – Bishop’s Stortford

           In accordance with Policy HSG1 (IV) the following sites (as identified on the
           Proposals Map) are allocated for residential development:

           (I)      in Phase 1:

           Permitted Deposit Version Housing Allocations (pre-April 2003) (included in
           Table 3.2 (c-e) in Chapter 3, Housing)

         Location           Ref     Brownfield/          Site-          Estimated/Actual
                            No      Greenfield         Specific            Number of
                                                        Policy              Dwellings
                                                                   Open Affordable Total
                                                                   market
Hillmead School             195     Brownfield          BIS7        32         11        43
23 North Street             308     Brownfield           N/A         6         0         6
4 Newtown Road              309     Brownfield           N/A         5         0         5
                                                        Total       43         11        54

           Remaining Deposit Version Housing Allocations (included in Table 3.2 (h) in
           Chapter 3, Housing)

         Location           Ref     Brownfield/          Site-          Estimated/Actual
                            No      Greenfield         Specific            Number of
                                                        Policy              Dwellings
                                                                   Open Affordable Total
                                                                   market
Herts & Essex               194     Brownfield          BIS5        189        81        270
Hospital site

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Goods Yard site,           190    Brownfield         BIS15        490           210          700
London Road/ former
John Dyde Training
College site, Anchor
Street
Mill Site, Station Road/   187    Brownfield         BIS16         60           40           100
Dane Street
Riverside/Adderley         184    Brownfield         BIS17        105           45           150
Road
Apton Road Car Park        179    Brownfield          N/A          10            6            16
(above retained public
car park)
117-121 Hadham Road        171    Greenfield         BIS6         10             3            13
95-97 London Road          406    Brownfield        BIS18a        91             39          130
                                                     Total        955           424         1,379

           (II)   in Phase 2:

           Remaining Deposit Version Housing Allocations (included in Table 3.2 (h) in
           Chapter 3, Housing)

         Location          Ref    Brownfield/         Site-          Actual/Estimated
                           No     Greenfield        Specific        Number of Dwellings
                                                     Policy
                                                                Open Affordable           Total
                                                                market
 Reserve Secondary         164    Greenfield         BIS9        150     100                 250
 School site, Hadham
 Road
                                                     Total        150           100          250

11.5.4     The dwelling capacity of the sites listed in paragraph 11.5.2a and Policy BIS2
           amounts to a total of 1574 units. This is more than sufficient to meet the Bishop’s
           Stortford apportionment of 1448 dwellings ( 756 plus 692 airport-related dwellings).
           The provision for the 692 airport-related dwellings is therefore made on the
           allocated sites contained in Policy BIS2, rather than on the Areas of Special
           Restraint (ASRs), as has previously been allocated. Nevertheless, while the
           Council expect the large brownfield town centre sites to come forward within the
           Plan period and has allocated them accordingly, circumstances may change and it
           is therefore considered appropriate to retain ASRs 1 and 2 for development should
           these large town centre sites not come forward in sufficient quantity. This is
           considered to be the most appropriate way of ensuring an adequate supply of
           housing land in Bishop’s Stortford. This modest surplus enables a degree of
           flexibility on the above sites, particularly if the estimated capacities cannot be
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11.5.5    In accordance with Policy HSG1, the above policy permits the release of housing
          sites in phases. One of the fundamental principles of phasing the release of sites
          is to protect greenfield / Green Belt land in favour of previously developed /
          brownfield land. In Bishop’s Stortford only two non-previously developed areas of
          land are identified (see above), though the Hillmead site is partially undisturbed
          land. Of the two greenfield sites, the site of 117-121 Hadham Road is surrounded
          on all sides by built development, is not currently accessible public land, and is
          relatively close to the town centre. As such, development in the first phase is not
          considered to be in conflict with either sustainable development principles or Policy
          HSG1. In February 2004 the District Council resolved to grant planning permission
          for residential development on the site, subject to a Section 106 Agreement.

11.5.6    The District Council, therefore, considers that only the Reserve Secondary School
          site falls in the Phase 2 category, being relatively open and undisturbed.

11.6      Airport-Related Housing

11.6.9    East Hertfordshire has an historical allocation of 3,000 airport-related dwellings
          dating back to Government decisions in the mid-1980s. 2,500 of these dwellings
          were to be provided at Bishop’s Stortford, while the remaining 500 were to be
          dispersed within the District. This provision was based mainly on the number of on-
          airport employees. The actual number of staff employed at the airport (around
          10,500 in 2003) is currently significantly below previous estimates of airport-based
          employment (estimates ranged between 21,300 and 24,300 employees). Of the
          original total of 2,500 airport-related dwellings, a ‘residual’ 692 dwellings have been
          identified as yet to be provided at Bishop’s Stortford.

11.6.10   Stansted Airport now has permission to expand to 25 mppa and employment is
          anticipated to reach 16,000 by 2011. The need for additional dwellings as part of
          this expansion has been considered and it has been concluded that existing
          numbers of dwellings already allocated in adopted and emerging local plans would
          be sufficient. The residual 692 dwellings were included in the calculations. These
          airport-related dwellings are still considered to be required to accommodate airport
          employment growth to 2011. Appendix 1a (Housing Strategy Background) contains
          more detail on the background to the airport-related dwelling allocation.

11.6.11   The ‘residual’ 692 airport-related dwellings are an integral part of the East
          Hertfordshire 11,100 housing requirement, for which provision needs to be made
          by 2011. In order to be in general conformity with Structure Plan Policy 37
          (Stansted Airport-related development in Hertfordshire), the District Council has
          decided to designate Areas of Special Restraint (ASRs) 1 and 2 as land able to
          accommodate the ‘residual’ 692 dwellings. In accordance with Policy HSG1 (V)
          ASRs 1 and 2 will only be released for Stansted Airport related housing
          development, post 2006, if monitoring shows that the 692 airport related dwellings
          are unable to be accommodated on other Bishop’s Stortford Phases 1 and 2
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BIS3a     (Amended Existing Policy BS2) Stansted Airport Related Housing – Bishop’s
          Stortford

          To safeguard sufficient housing land at Bishop’s Stortford, in the event that
          monitoring shows that the town’s apportionment of 756 dwellings, together
          with the 692 airport related dwellings, are unable to be accommodated on
          other Bishop’s Stortford Phases 1 and 2 allocated and windfall sites,
          provision is made for new dwellings on land to the north west of Bishop’s
          Stortford known as ASRs 1 and 2, as defined on the Proposals Map, to cater
          for:

          (I)    Local arising need. This criterion will not come into force until 2006,
                 after which a reasonable judgement can be made as to the likelihood
                 of this being necessary (See also Policy HSG1).

          (II)   Airport related dwellings. The maximum number of additional airport-
                 related dwellings permissible under this Plan will be the 692 residual
                 amount reserved as a contingency for this purpose. Any amount over
                 and above 692 dwellings would require a strategic need being
                 identified as part of a review of Regional Planning Guidance, which, in
                 turn, would require a review to this Plan.

11.6.12   The development of ASRs 1 and 2, identified in Policy BIS3a above, is expected to
          be subject to a Development Brief, prepared or approved by the District Council.
          The brief should comprehensively cover all the relevant issues as identified in this
          Local Plan, including sustainable development principles, affordable housing and
          education provision. Development proposals will not be approved until such a brief
          is in place.

11.6.13   In particular the brief should examine Green Belt land to the east and south-east of
          ASR 2, as defined on the Proposals Map, which shall be set aside for public
          recreational purposes, and appropriate arrangements made to ensure that the land
          remains under such uses in perpetuity, before any development proposals are
          approved in accordance with Policy BIS3a.

11.9      Herts and Essex Hospital Site

11.9.1    As a result of changes to the way in which the local National Health Trusts will
          deliver their services, the Herts and Essex Hospital Site, Haymeads Lane, has
          recently come forward for re-development The health strategy has been to
          accommodate an extended range of hospital facilities on part of the site, and to
          release the remainder as surplus to NHS requirements.11.9.2 The site amounts
          to approximately 8.5 hectares, within which is located a Grade II Listed former
          workhouse building.

11.9.3    In 1999 a Development Brief for the hospital site was prepared and published
          jointly by the District Council and the Essex & Herts Community NHS Trust. The
          District Council adopted the brief as Supplementary Planning Guidance in
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          November 1999. It provides guidance to potential developers on the scale and
          form of development that may be considered acceptable by the District Council.
          The new community hospital was completed and opened in 2003.

11.9.4    In November 2003 the District Council resolved to grant planning permission for
          residential development on the remainder of the site, subject to a Section 106
          Agreement. Should this permission not be implemented the development of the
          site will be considered in accordance with Policy BIS5, the 1999 Development Brief
          and the November 2003 development proposals.

BIS5      (Amended Existing Policy BS2 (a)) Herts and Essex Hospital Site

          (I)    The District Council will give favourable consideration to the
                 conversion and development of the Herts and Essex Hospital Site, as
                 defined on the Proposals Map, for health facilities and residential uses.


          (IV)   The development of the site shall make provision for 40% affordable
                 housing in accordance with Policies HSG7 and 8.

11.10     117-121 Hadham Road Site

11.10.1   A former Area of Special Restraint, it is considered that this 1.15 hectares site
          could accommodate around 13 dwellings. It is located within the Hadham Road
          Environmental Zone (see Policy BIS22).

11.10.2   The District Council will seek an element of affordable housing in any development
          proposals for the site, in accordance with Policy HSG7. A contribution towards the
          provision of cycling facilities in the adjacent area, in accordance with the Bishop’s
          Stortford Transportation Plan, together with a public footpath running parallel to
          Hadham Road but on the southern side of the mature trees and other shrubbery
          which current abuts Hadham Road, will also be required.

11.10.3   In February 2004 the District Council resolved to grant planning permission for
          residential development on the site, subject to a Section 106 Agreement. Should
          this permission not be implemented the development of the site will be considered
          in accordance with Policy BIS6 and the February 2004 development proposals.

BIS6      (New Policy) 117 – 121 Hadham Road Site

          (I)    The District Council will give favourable consideration to the
                 development for residential use of the Hadham Road site, as defined
                 on the Proposals Map.

          (II)   The development of the site shall make provision for 40% affordable
                 housing in accordance with Policies HSG7 and 8.



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          (III)   Development proposals will be expected to preserve and reinforce as
                  much of the urban landscape as possible, including the retention of
                  mature trees and hedgerows, and the planting of a significant amount
                  of new trees. Policy SD4 may appropriately be met on the site.

          (IIIa) A contribution will be expected towards cycling facilities as set out in
                 the East Hertfordshire Area Plan (Bishop’s Stortford Transportation
                 Plan).


11.11     Hillmead School Site

11.11.1   The County Council received permission from the Secretary of State in February
          2000 to relocate Hillmead Primary School from its present site in the far north-east
          of Bishop’s Stortford, to the reserve primary school land to the south of Bishop’s
          Park, in the west of the town (see below). This relocation has now taken place
          and, there is, therefore, a need to consider the designation of the existing school
          site.

11.11.2   The site lies to the north-eastern edge of the town, adjacent to the County
          boundary and Birchanger Wood. It is served from Heath Row between groups of
          existing dwellings and has a playground and small playing field attached. It lies
          within the built-up area of the town, wherein there is a presumption in favour of
          redevelopment for residential purposes. In October 2002 the District Council
          granted planning permission for residential development on the site. Should this
          permission not be fully implemented the development of the site will be considered
          in accordance with Policy BIS7 and the October 2002 development proposals.

BIS7      (New Policy) Hillmead School Site

          (I)     The District Council will give favourable consideration to the re-
                  development of the existing Hillmead School Site, as defined on the
                  Proposals Map, for residential uses.

          (III)   The development of the site is expected to make provision for
                  predominantly residential development, including 40% affordable
                  housing in accordance Policies HSG7 and 8. The types and size of
                  dwellings are expected to be mixed.


11.12     Reserve Secondary School Site, Hadham Road

11.12.1   Having undertaken a considerable amount of research on identifying brownfield
          land for housing development in Bishop’s Stortford, the District Council still
          requires additional housing land to be found. Conscious of the need to minimise
          the development of greenfield sites, the District Council considers that a large area
          of land to the south of Hadham Road which had previously been reserved by the
          County Council for additional Secondary School purposes is now unlikely to be
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          utilised for such a purpose. To meet increasing secondary school demand, the
          District Council has allocated a new school site on land to the south of the town
          (see section 11.24). The District Council has, therefore, decided to redesignate the
          Hadham Road site for residential uses. This site shall only be released for
          development if sufficient additional secondary school capacity is provided
          elsewhere in the town.

11.12.2   Due to the relatively undeveloped nature of the site, the District Council considers it
          should be released for development in the latter phase of the Plan period, i.e. after
          2006, in accordance with Policies HSG1 and BIS2.

11.12.3   In order to integrate fully all the issues pertinent to the development of the site, a
          development brief will be required to be prepared or approved by the District
          Council prior to the favourable consideration of a planning application, with
          development proposals expected to be in conformity with that brief. The brief
          should, as a minimum, consider issues of sustainable development, site layout,
          affordable housing, dwelling types and sizes, access, landscaping, woodland
          planting and management (particularly in relation to Policy SD4), cycle and
          footpath linkages in and through the site, and open space / play areas.

BIS9      (New Policy) Reserve Secondary School Site, Hadham Road

          (I)     The District Council will consider the release of the land previously
                  known as the Reserve Secondary School Site, Hadham Road, as
                  defined on the Proposals Map, for residential uses after 2006, in
                  accordance with Policy HSG1 and BIS2 (II).

          (III)   The development of the site is expected to make provision for
                  predominantly mixed residential development, including 40%
                  affordable housing in accordance with Policies HSG7 and 8, together
                  with significant areas of open space / recreation.

          (IIIa) This site shall only be released for development if sufficient additional
                 secondary school capacity is provided elsewhere in the town.


11.13     Areas of Special Restraint

11.13.1   The Local Plan First Review Incorporating Adopted Alterations 1999 set aside six
          areas of land in the town as Areas of Special Restraint, five of which were located
          within the A120 bypass and the sixth being the smaller Hadham Road site
          described in Section 11.10 above. Of the five within the A120 bypass, ASR’s 1
          and 2 are proposed for possible development in this Plan period (see Policies
          HSG1 and BIS3a above). The remaining three ASRs, known as ASR’s 3, 4, and 5,
          are subject to Policy BIS10 below.

11.13.2   The boundaries of the ASR’s have been re-appraised as a part of this Plan
          Review. The objective has been to test their definition against:
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          a)    The strategic need to retain them.

          b)    Their landscape setting and relationship with topography and trees and
                hedgerows, beyond their area into open countryside.

          c)    Their ability (should the need arise) to accommodate new development in a
                way which complements, and integrates with, the existing town.

11.13.3   The boundaries of the ASR’s were examined thoroughly at the Local Plan Inquiry
          in 1991, following an independent landscape consultant’s report and
          recommendations. In his report, the Inspector at the 1991 Inquiry concluded that,

                “the boundaries of ASR’s 3 and 4 to the north-east of Hoggate’s Wood,
                follow well defined natural features and I regard them as satisfactory.”

11.13.4   The District Council does not, therefore, propose to make significant alterations to
          the ASR boundaries. A minor change, however, is to delete the wooded triangle of
          land which includes a dwelling known as Whitehall Leys, as it does not relate in
          existing land use or landscape character to ASR3. It is also subject to a Tree
          Preservation Order.

11.13.5   The following Policy applies to development proposals within ASR’s 3, 4 and 5.
          See also Policy BIS1a.

BIS10     (Amended Existing Policy BS3) Areas of Special Restraint

          Within the Bishop’s Stortford Areas of Special Restraint 3, 4 and 5, as
          defined on the Proposals Map, development will not be permitted, other than
          would be allowed in the Green Belt, until such time as the land so identified
          is shown to be needed for and proposed for development, as a result of a
          review of this Plan.

11.13.6   The future strategic use of this land will be determined as part of a future Review to
          this plan. This reconsideration would include an assessment of capacity, if a need
          for dwellings were shown as part of the strategic review of the land.

11.14     Economic Development and Employment

11.14.1   Bishop’s Stortford is economically the healthiest town in the District. However, the
          District Council is mindful of the need to protect the current employment-generating
          industrial base, to ensure job opportunities persist for the local workforce, and to
          avoid the dangers of an over-dependency on service sector employment.

11.14.2   The development of Stansted Airport to a passenger handling capacity of about 25
          million passengers per annum will also produce further substantial employment
          opportunities, though the District Council continues to consider that Bishop’s
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          Stortford is not appropriate for the location of airport-related industries. The
          definition of airport employment is summarised in the Annual Stansted Airport
          Monitor (see Appendix V (Glossary) for details).

11.14.3   At the Pre-Deposit Consultation stage of this Plan, representations were made by
          the Bishop’s Stortford Chamber of Commerce seeking some allocation of land for
          new employment generating developments.

11.14.4   The District Council, after careful consideration of the issue and an examination of
          possible sites, has concluded that no such new allocation is appropriate at present
          for the following reasons:

          •     Unemployment levels are consistently low giving rise to concerns over skills
                and general labour pool shortages.

          •     Airport employment will continue to grow strongly in the medium term (at
                least).

          •     Stimulating labour demand will increase pressure for further new housing
                and may add to local house price inflation.

          •     New employment opportunities, given the constraints listed above, would
                probably increase in-commuting by road, thereby adding to the existing
                problems of traffic congestion.

          •     The District Council believes that other policies in the Plan to stimulate town-
                centre re-developments and expansion has the potential to create new job
                opportunities.

11.14.5   Accordingly, the District Council does not make any new employment land
          allocations in Bishop’s Stortford in this Plan, but will continue to monitor the
          position and review it as necessary.

11.14.6   The District Council has identified the same five employment areas to be reserved
          for employment uses as were identified in the previous Local Plan (1999). All
          these Employment Areas have been identified on the Proposals Map.

BIS11     (Amended Existing Policy BS4) Employment Areas

          In accordance with Policy EDE1 the following sites are defined as
          Employment Areas on the Proposals Map and will be primarily reserved for
          industry comprising Classes B1 Business, B2 General Industrial Uses and,
          where well related to the transport network, B8 Storage and Distribution
          Uses.




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          (I)     Raynham Road / Dunmow Road Industrial Estate

          (ii)    Haslemere Industrial Estate, Pig Lane

          (III)   Twyford Road/Twyford Road Business Centre

          (iv)    Stansted Road

          (v)     Woodside Industrial Estate, off Dunmow Road

11.14.7   Where proposals arise for employment development outside the identified
          Employment Areas, these will be appraised on their individual merits, taking into
          account sustainability criteria and the impact on neighbouring occupiers and the
          local area, as set out in Policy EDE4.

11.14.8   It is important that space is available for a variety of firms at different stages of their
          development, including new businesses. A number of smaller areas and sites exist
          in Bishop’s Stortford, which have not been identified as Employment Areas, but
          which are suitable for the continued use for diverse employment purposes.

11.14.9   The District Council seeks in general to retain and encourage the continued use of
          existing employment sites, outside those identified as Employment Areas, for such
          purposes. This is particularly the case in Bishop’s Stortford where employment
          space is in demand.

11.15     Town Centre

11.15.1   The attractive and historic town centre faces a complex set of inter-related
          physical, traffic, commercial and environmental issues. Addressing these issues
          remains a key objective of the District Council.

11.15.2   As part of the Council’s Economic Development Strategy, assistance has been
          given to the setting up of a Town Centre Management Board for Bishop’s Stortford.
          Membership of the board is drawn from representatives of the business
          community, residents, local interest groups and local authorities. The Town Centre
          Management Board works to help improve and promote Bishop’s Stortford Town
          Centre. The District Council will continue to support the Bishop’s Stortford Town
          Centre Management Board.

11.15.3   The town centre underwent a series of enhancement works several years ago,
          aimed at improving the environment for shoppers and workers alike. However,
          traffic in and around the town centre is a growing problem, and new town centre
          development should ensure it works towards, rather than against, resolving this
          problem.

11.15.4   The District Council intends to assess proposals for new development in the town
          centre against the following Policy.

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BIS13     (Amended Existing Policy BS5) Transport Assessments

          (I)     All proposals for substantial new development or re-development
                  within the town centre sites identified in Policy BIS14 and defined on
                  the Proposals Map will be required to include a comprehensive
                  Transport Assessment, in accordance with Policy TR3b, which should
                  take into account the effects of the development proposed together
                  with other known or anticipated proposals.

          (II)    The Transport Assessment shall be carried out at the applicant’s
                  expense, and shall be carried out using an appropriate methodology
                  that satisfies the criteria contained in “Roads in Hertfordshire – Design
                  Guide” to the satisfaction of the District Council.

          (III)   The District Council reserves the right to refuse any development
                  proposal where the results of the Transport Assessment are
                  considered to be unacceptable.

11.16     Town Centre Sites for Redevelopment

11.16.1   Three sites in the town centre are identified by the District Council for
          redevelopment. The sites are to the east and south-east of the town centre, and
          offer superb opportunities for redevelopment for a variety of uses (subject to a
          satisfactory Transport Assessment – see Policy BIS13 above). The following
          overarching Policy, together with the three site specific Policies, outline the District
          Council’s expectations for these sites.

BIS14     (Amended Existing Policy BS6) Town Centre Sites for Redevelopment

          (I)     Within or adjacent to Bishop’s Stortford town centre the following
                  three potential development or redevelopment sites are defined on the
                  Proposals Map:

                  (a)   The Goods Yard / John Dyde Training College Site
                  (b)   The Mill Site, Dane Street
                  (c)   The Riverside / Adderley Road Site.

          (II)    In its detailed determination of proposals for the development of these
                  sites, the District Council will pursue the following strategy:

                  (a)   market demands for new development will be channelled to the
                        town centre as a means of improving the townscape;
                  (b)   new developments should introduce a variety of new civic,
                        commercial, retail, residential and leisure buildings to stimulate
                        and encourage all aspects of town centre life;
                  (c)   the form of new development should improve and complete open
                        areas in the townscape and strengthen and enhance pedestrian
                        and cycling movement in the town. Routes should be established
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                      between the town, the river, shopping areas, car parks, and public
                      passenger transport stops / interchange;
                (d)   new development should respect and take into account both the
                      amenity and the recreational and leisure potential of the river
                      frontage, and should aim to integrate public use of the riverside
                      with the day-to-day activities of the town. Consideration should
                      be given to the provision of a new mooring basin;
                (e)   new public spaces should be created to provide comfortable and
                      attractive destinations for pedestrians in the town;
                (f)   a civic quality in the town should be established with buildings of
                      a public and cultural form;
                (g)   car parking facilities at the north and south edges of the town
                      centre should be designed, in terms of location, size and
                      accessibility, with the aim of alleviating traffic pressures in the
                      core;
                (h)   car parking demand in the town centre should be accommodated,
                      positioned and integrated in a manner that considerably reduces
                      its visual impact while maintaining ease of pedestrian access.


11.17     The Goods Yard / Former John Dyde Training College Site

11.17.1   The largest of the four sites (6.8 ha), the District Council sees this site as having
          two key features:

          i)    a large area in which to accommodate a variety of development types; and

          ii)   in conjunction with the Station Road and Dane Street highway improvement,
                an opportunity to ease traffic congestion in this part of town, by the
                construction of a new road between the Station Road/Dane Street junction
                and London Road to the south.

11.17.2   In recognition of the importance of the redevelopment of this site, including the
          introduction of residential properties, the District Council has agreed for the
          purposes of Development Control a revised development brief for the site. This
          brief seeks to provide an updated framework for the development of the site in the
          light of recent Government guidance.

11.17.3   The District Council now places more emphasis on achieving new dwellings on
          brownfield land within urban areas. This site is seen as an excellent opportunity to
          further this aim and a revised estimate of the site’s dwelling capacity has been
          made in Policy BIS2. However, the site should also aim to strengthen the viability
          and vitality of the town centre as a whole, and a mixed use development scheme is
          therefore still regarded as appropriate. In October 2004 the District Council
          resolved to grant planning permission for residential development for 208 units on
          the John Dyde site.



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11.17.4   On part of the site there exists an aggregates depot, serviced by the railway.
          Whilst freight carried by rail is, in principle, supported by the District Council, it is
          considered in this instance that redevelopment of the town centre site without such
          a depot would better serve the principles of sustainable development. Recently
          substantial progress has been made on bringing forward the site and
          arrangements have now been made to secure the relocation of the aggregates
          depot to a new site at Harlow Mill.

11.17.5   The following Policy sets out the District Council’s expectations with regard to the
          development of the site.

BIS15     (Amended Existing Policy BS7) The Goods Yard/John Dyde Training College
          Site

          The District Council has identified the Goods Yard/John Dyde Training
          College Site, as defined on the Proposals Map, as having development
          potential. Subject to the constraints of highway network capacity and
          railway operational requirements, a comprehensive development comprising
          a mixture of town centre uses will be acceptable, including: residential;
          leisure; public house / restaurant and/or hotel; a limited amount of retailing
          including some food retailing; boating and mooring basin; and uses falling
          within class B1 of the Use Classes Order 1987 (as amended). The District
          Council expects new development to incorporate a vertical mix of uses.
          Development proposals will be expected to meet, in addition to those set out
          in BIS13 and BIS14, the following requirements:

          (a)    any development should safeguard the ability to construct a new road
                 linking the junction of Station Road with Dane Street and London
                 Road, and provide land for the same. If development of the site occurs
                 prior to the construction of this road, such development is expected to
                 make an appropriate contribution to the provision of the new road, it
                 being recognised that the land site of the new road forms an integral
                 part of such contribution. Development of the whole site will require
                 the full implementation of the link road;

          (b)    development proposals should include residential development, with
                 the aim of creating a minimum of 700 dwelling units on the site as a
                 whole. The dwellings should predominantly be of a small size (i.e. one
                 and two bedrooms), and include a significant proportion of affordable
                 housing in accordance with Policies HSG7 and 8. Dwellings located
                 above other uses such as retail or leisure will be sought on this site;

          (c)    proposals for development are expected to take into account the need
                 for adequate rail commuter car parking plus land sufficient for such
                 additional town centre parking as may be justified by town centre
                 needs as re-assessed from time-to-time, in relation to the Vehicle
                 Parking Standards in Appendix 1;

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          (d)    development proposals are expected to include a fully integrated rail-
                 bus passenger interchange, in accordance with the guidance as set
                 out in the most recent Bishop’s Stortford Transportation Plan, and
                 include good pedestrian / cycle links towards the town centre;


11.17.6   It should be noted that, whilst acknowledging the numerous benefits of the Link
          Road through the site, the Bishop’s Stortford Transportation Plan (see later) states
          that;

                 “there is no long-term reduction in congestion to be achieved by constructing
                 this Link and it would therefore only be pursued as part of a redevelopment
                 of the Goods Yard Site”.

11.17.7   It is unlikely, therefore, that the Link Road will be constructed without substantial
          development of the site.

          The Mill Site

11.17.8   The District Council has identified this site as having redevelopment potential in the
          longer-term, including the potential for a significant amount of new dwellings.
          Whilst not seeking to encourage the closure or relocation of this local employer, the
          Council recognises that the site is constrained by size and shape, and problems
          associated with the heavy vehicle movements which the mill generates.

BIS16     (Amended Existing Policy BS8) The Mill Site

          (I)    The District Council identifies the Mill Site, Dane Street, as defined on
                 the Proposals Map, as having redevelopment potential.

          (II)   In the event of the site coming forward for redevelopment the following
                 mix of uses may be appropriate, subject to the provision requirements
                 of Policies BIS13 and BIS14:

                 (a)   residential development of around 100 dwellings, including 40%
                       affordable housing in accordance with Policies HSG7 and 8,
                       taking into account the amenity potential of the River frontage
                       and the proximity of the town centre, and particularly
                       opportunities to enhance pedestrian and cycle links between this
                       site and the town centre.,

                 (b)   small scale office development.

          The Riverside / Adderley Road Site

11.17.9   The site’s close proximity to the commercial heart of the town centre and its long
          river frontage make it an outstanding development opportunity. The present

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          relatively poor environmental quality of the site, based generally on a mix of car
          parking forms, renders it even more desirable to develop.

11.17.10 The District Council believes that an appropriately designed and built extension to
         the town centre here would make an outstanding contribution to the future
         attractiveness and economic security of the town centre, as well as improving the
         potential for recreational activities on the river.


11.17.15a In July 2003 the District Council resolved to grant outline planning permission for
          mixed-use development on the site, subject to a Section 106 Agreement. Should
          this permission not be implemented the development of the site will be considered
          in accordance with Policy BIS17 and the July 2003 development proposals.

11.17.15b In addition, in these circumstances the development of the site would be expected
          to be subject to a Development Brief, prepared or agreed by the District Council.
          This Development Brief will need to re-examine the need to implement the two-way
          working of traffic along Station Road and Dane Street. Should such works prove
          necessary they should be undertaken prior to the completion of buildings on the
          site and be funded by the developer of the site, via a Planning Obligation/S106
          Agreement (or as subsequently revised).

BIS17     (Amended Existing Policy BS9) The Riverside/Adderley Road Site

          (I)    The District Council will encourage the development and
                 redevelopment of the Riverside/Adderley Road area, as defined on the
                 Proposals Map, and expects the following requirements in addition to
                 those set out in Policies BIS13 and BIS14 will be met:

                 (b)   the formation of a riverside walk, together with footbridge(s)
                       across the River Stort;

                 (c)   improved pedestrian access to the site from both the town centre
                       (i.e. Potter Street and Jackson Square) and the rail / bus station
                       interchange.

          (II)   Any Proposal for the development of the site should incorporate the
                 following mix of uses:

                 (a)   a significant development of mixed retail units;

                 (b)   a modest amount of office floorspace;

                 (c)   approximately 150 residential units, possibly including units on
                       the upper floors of other forms of development; including 40%
                       affordable housing in accordance with Policies HSG7 and 8.

                 (d)   a significant number of public car parking spaces;
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                  (e)    the creation, by suitable design and layout, of an area adjacent to
                         the river that enables improved opportunities for the recreational
                         use of the river.


          95-97 London Road

11.17.18 In addition to these longstanding, mixed used allocations, a further site has come
         forward for potential redevelopment. While previously identified as an Employment
         Area, this site was examined by the East Hertfordshire Employment Land Study
         2004 and was considered suitable for redevelopment for mixed-use. This
         recommendation has been accepted on the basis that it makes more efficient use
         of the land and will enhance the waterside environment.

11.17.19 In September 2004, the District Council granted planning permission for mixed-use
         development on the site. Should this permission not be fully implemented the
         development of the site will be considered in accordance with Policy BIS18a and
         the September 2004 development proposals.

BIS18a    (New Policy) 95-97 London Road

          The District Council identifies this area of London Road as defined on the
          Proposals Map, as having redevelopment potential. Proposals for
          redevelopment should include provision for the following:

          (i)           a significant element of B1 Business Use.
          (ii)          residential development
          (iii)         affordable housing, in accordance with Policies HSG7 and 8.
          (iv)          environmental improvements related to enhancing the waterside
                        setting
          (v)           access improvements
          (vi)          sustainable transport features

11.18     Transport

11.18.1   Like many older towns, Bishop’s Stortford suffers from traffic problems.
          Pedestrians and cyclists are subjected to uncompromising levels of noise, fumes,
          vibration and sheer physical presence and speed of traffic. Some progress has
          been made, in particular with the completion of the traffic-calming measures in
          South and Potter Streets, and this has greatly enhanced the environmental
          conditions of this area of the town centre.

11.18.2   However, traffic still remains a problem and without remedial action it can only get
          worse. Fortunately, Bishop’s Stortford has two opportunities to help resolve some
          of the problems: the Eastern Hertfordshire Area Plan (including the Bishop’s
          Stortford Transportation Plan); and the development of further housing land in
          Bishop’s Stortford.
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11.18.3   The Bishop’s Stortford Transportation Plan (1996), prepared by Hertfordshire
          County Council in conjunction with the District Council, aims to develop integrated
          sustainable transport facilities for the town. This Transportation Plan has now
          been subsumed into the Eastern Hertfordshire Area Plan, an element of the Local
          Transport Plan (see Chapter 5 (Transport), Section 5.5).             The Eastern
          Hertfordshire Area Plan also covers the Sawbridgeworth area.

11.18.4   Whether any, some or all of the proposals contained in the above Plans are
          implemented, many of which are not directly town-planning related, will depend on
          a number of factors, none more so than the availability of financial support being
          made available from public and private sources. This includes any funds awarded
          as part of the Hertfordshire Local Transport Plan 2001/02 – 2005/06.

BIS19     (New Policy) Eastern Hertfordshire Area Plan – Bishop’s Stortford

          Proposals for development in Bishop’s Stortford are expected to take into
          account and, where reasonable and appropriate, make positive contributions
          to fulfilling the aims and objectives of the Eastern Hertfordshire Area Plan
          (including the Bishop’s Stortford Transportation Plan). Planning Obligations
          may be sought to ensure that contributions are made from developers
          towards the implementation of measures and services / facilities outlined in
          the Plan.


          Bishop’s Stortford Major Developments

11.18.6   The development of substantial areas of land in Bishop’s Stortford lend themselves
          to an opportunity to resolve substantially some of the town’s traffic problems.
          Whilst on face value more houses will mean more cars in the Bishop’s Stortford
          area, the transportation issues arising as a result of this new development do not
          have to be confined to the area being developed.

11.18.7   It is now common practice for major development schemes to make a substantial
          financial contribution to helping with the transportation problems of both the site
          itself and the surrounding area. The larger the development scheme, the larger the
          contribution can be expected. It is too early to state at this stage what
          transportation measures will be expected from developers at the various major
          sites throughout Bishop’s Stortford. However, with the exception of the Goods
          Yard / John Dyde Training College Site and the Adderley Road Site, because no
          major link roads to or around any of the sites are needed (which would normally be
          provided by the developer of a site), then a substantial sum of money can instead
          be directed to public passenger transport, walking and/or cycling. The two
          exception sites mentioned require road improvement works, though contributions
          to public passenger transport, walking and cycling facilities would still be expected
          as part of the development proposals. The Bishop’s Stortford Transportation Plan
          will help to determine the most appropriate, yet reasonable, measures to be

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          provided by developers. Chapter 18 (Implementation) and, in particular, Policy
          IMP1 address the issue of developer contributions in the wider sense.

11.19     Cyclists and Pedestrians

11.19.1   Schemes to assist cyclists and pedestrians are detailed within the Bishop’s
          Stortford Transportation Plan. However, considering the importance of trying to
          encourage the movement of people via these forms of travel, an individual section
          and policy is included within the Bishop’s Stortford Chapter to cover this issue. This
          reflects the emphasis in PPG13 which indicates that priority should be given to
          people over ease of traffic movement.

11.19.2   Facilities for cyclists within Bishop’s Stortford need to be improved upon throughout
          the duration of the Plan and beyond. All development proposals in Bishop’s
          Stortford will be expected to comply with Policies TR9 to TR14 of the Transport
          Chapter.

BIS20     (Amended Existing Policy BS13(a)) Cycling

          Due consideration will be given to the needs of the cyclist within Bishop’s
          Stortford town centre and support will be given to the development of cycle
          routes and other initiatives to improve conditions for cyclists throughout the
          town, particularly where the proposals are compatible with the aims of the
          Bishop’s Stortford Transportation Plan.

11.19.3   In preparing the Bishop’s Stortford Transportation Plan it was found that
          pedestrians fared much better than cyclists in terms of existing provision.
          However, the Transportation Plan states that, “there is scope for improving the
          existing network and adding to it in a manner which makes pedestrians feel safer
          and gives them more space and comfort”. Schemes to aid pedestrians are given in
          the Transportation Plan.

BIS21     (New Policy) Pedestrians

          (I)    Due consideration will be given to the needs of pedestrians within
                 Bishop’s Stortford town centre and support will be given to the
                 development of pedestrian routes and other initiatives to improve
                 conditions for pedestrians throughout the town, particularly where the
                 proposals are compatible with the aims of the Bishop’s Stortford
                 Transportation Plan.

          (II)   The enhanced area of South Street and Potter Street should be further
                 improved by a reduction in the volumes of traffic still using it. The
                 District Council will, either in association with a redevelopment of an
                 adjacent town centre site or via a proposal advanced through the
                 Transportation Plan, seek the introduction of measures to limit traffic
                 in South Street and Potter Street.

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11.20     Environment and Design

11.20.1   All new developments in the town, including those for highway improvements, will
          be expected to contribute to the overall enhancement of the surrounding area.
          Even relatively small detailing on new buildings and other proposals can
          substantially improve the overall quality of the development.

11.20.2   In this respect, all proposals should ensure that, in particular, the requirements of
          Chapter 8 (Environment and Design) and Chapter 9 (Built Heritage) are adhered
          to. Proposals for development within the Bishop’s Stortford Environmental Zones,
          as identified below, will be subject to additional scrutiny in accordance with Policies
          ENV36 and BIS21.

11.21     Environmental Zones

11.21.1   Bishop’s Stortford ‘Environmental Zones’ were first introduced as part of the
          original 1984 Bishop’s Stortford Town Study. Of these, the Historic Bishop’s
          Stortford Zone, has been deleted from this Review Plan, it being now covered by
          new and expanded policies contained within the district-wide chapters, particularly
          the Chapter 9 (Built Heritage). Policy ENV36 of the Chapter 8 (Environment and
          Design) explains in more detail the general character of Environmental Zones.

11.21.2   The Hadham Roads Zone, which does meet the requirements of Policy ENV36,
          has been carried forward from the previous Adopted Plan. In addition, a further
          zone, the Warwick Road Zone (which was included in the 1991 Town Study
          review), is also considered to meet the policy and is introduced in this Plan Review.

11.21.3   The boundaries of both zones are defined on the Proposals Map.

          Hadham Roads and Warwick Road Zones

11.21.4   The Hadham Roads Zone is almost exclusively a residential area characterised by
          a traditional development of large houses in generous sized gardens. To a certain
          extent re-development and sub-division has broken down this pattern, but the
          illusion remains and it is this character that the District Council seeks to retain.

11.21.5   The Warwick Roads Zone, whilst not in the Conservation Area, is characterised by
          a fine environmental quality in its own right. Similar to the Hadham Road Zone, it
          principally comprises of larger detached houses in good-sized gardens and a fine
          mature landscape.

BIS22     (Amended Existing Policy BS17) Hadham Roads and Warwick Road
          Environmental Zone

          (I)   The Hadham Roads Environmental Zone and the Warwick Road
                Environmental Zone, both as defined on the Proposals Map, will be
                maintained as attractive residential areas and proposals for shopping,
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                  industrial, commercial and related uses that would undermine their
                  basic character will not be permitted.

          (II)    Part of both areas’ character is their large plot sizes and large houses.
                  In both Zones there will be a presumption against demolition. There
                  will also be presumption against new building in gardens. Any
                  alterations or extensions will require good quality contextual design
                  and special consideration to the scale of any proposals.

          (III)   Development proposals within either area will be required to preserve
                  as much of the mature urban landscape as possible and as such, be of
                  a density compatible with the retention of existing mature gardens,
                  trees and hedges.

          (IV)    The landscaping of both areas is to be preserved as part of their
                  special character. Management and replanting of avenue / street trees
                  is to be carefully considered.

          (V)     The inner avenue of specimen conifers and evergreens in the Warwick
                  Road Zone should be retained and extended, and if considered under
                  threat, protected by a Tree Preservation Order.

11.22     Shopping

11.22.1   Many of the policy intentions of the preceding sections are aimed, in part, at
          ensuring a viable and vital Bishop’s Stortford town centre. Specific sites for retail
          development are given in Section 11.17 above.

11.22.2   In order to generally preclude a dilution of the shopping functions in Bishop’s
          Stortford Town Centre, proposals for development or change of use from shop (A1)
          uses to non-shop (non A1) uses within the Primary and Secondary Shopping
          Frontages as defined on the Proposals Map will be considered against Policies
          STC4 and STC5.

11.23     The Town Meads

11.23.1   The Meads in Bishop’s Stortford cover an area of approximately 9.3 hectares (23
          acres) close to the centre of the town, and form the end of an important wedge of
          undeveloped land extending northwards through Grange Paddocks to the open
          countryside beyond.

11.23.2   The area is of considerable recreational and amenity importance to the town, but is
          in need of appropriate management. The District Council will continue its active
          support of, and participation in, the Bishop’s Stortford Town Meads Management
          Plan in association with the Town Council, the Countryside Management Service
          and Hertfordshire Groundwork Trust. The overriding aims are to make the area
          safe, enhance the wildlife value of the area, and improve public access.

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11.24     Leisure and Community Facilities

11.24.1   Bishop’s Stortford has a range of leisure, recreation and community facilities. All
          sites of public or private, outdoor sports, recreation and open space facilities or
          school playing fields to be protected are shown on the Proposals Map. Any
          proposals for development that would result in the loss of these areas will be
          refused unless the proposed development complies with Policy LRC1.

11.24.3   In addition to formal leisure/recreation facilities available at centres such as Grange
          Paddocks and the Rhodes centre, there are other areas of parks and playgrounds
          available for formal and informal recreation. The River Stort also offers limited
          water based activities. The District Council is keen to enhance its role in this
          respect. Proposals for development on the town centre sites identified earlier will
          be expected to support this objective.

11.24.5   Access from the town to the countryside is possible via a network of footpaths, and
          the District Council will aim to maintain and enhance these routes as and when
          opportunities arise.

11.24.7   Improving secondary education provision in Bishop’s Stortford has been under
          consideration for some time. The District Council is aware of the difficulties in
          finding a new secondary school site, and also that the Hadham Road Reserve
          Secondary School site is regarded as too small. In order to meet education needs,
          the two foundation schools – the Hertfordshire and Essex High School and the
          Bishop’s Stortford High School – have proposed a relocation to a new site to the
          south of the town.

11.24.8   In order to remedy longstanding issues of secondary education provision an area
          to the south of the town, as shown on the proposals map and amounting to
          approximately 15 hectares, is excluded from the Green Belt and set aside for
          education purposes. This provision is initially made on the basis of two six form-
          entry secondary schools and associated sixth forms, but with capacity to expand to
          eight forms of entry. It is accepted that sports pitches associated with the schools
          may need to be located outside of this allocated area, on adjacent Green Belt land
          within the south-western distributor bypass.

11.24.9   Until such provision is made, normal Green Belt policies will apply. The
          development of this site, together with any development of the existing school
          sites, is expected to be subject to a Development Brief, prepared or approved by
          the District Council, which addresses all the relevant issues as identified in this
          Local Plan, including sustainable development principles.

BIS24     (New Policy) New Secondary Education site

          (I)   Land is identified, and defined on the Proposals Map, for new
                secondary education provision to the south of Bishop’s Stortford.
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          (II)    The new school buildings will be expected to be of a high quality
                  design, be sited so as to minimise their impact on the surrounding
                  area, and fully exploit opportunities for sustainability features, such as
                  energy efficiency and renewable energy measures.

          (III)   Any application will be required to be accompanied by a Travel Plan,
                  detailing how sustainable transport modes will be maximised for both
                  staff and pupils.

          (IV)    Until such time as the land is used for education purposes, the
                  provisions of Policies GBC2 and GBC3 will apply.

11.25     Bishop’s Stortford Crematorium

11.25.1   The Town Council has identified a need for a crematorium to serve the town and its
          hinterland. Whilst no site has, so far, been identified, a search has commenced. It
          is apparent that the most suitable sites are likely to be within the Green Belt or in
          the Rural Area Beyond the Green Belt and thus subject to considerable restraint
          policies.   It is expected that the promoter of any plan for a crematorium will
          produce evidence of particular need for the facility, and the District Council will take
          cognisance of this.




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