A look into the future of town centre

PUBLISHED: 11:39 22 March 2007 | UPDATED: 11:43 06 May 2010

Stevenage mayor Cllr Simon Speller (left) and developer Simon Hoad

Stevenage mayor Cllr Simon Speller (left) and developer Simon Hoad

THE regeneration of a town centre could be complete by 2013 if everything goes to plan for the developers. A planning application for the redevelopment of Stevenage town centre could be submitted as early as the end of May and if the development is given

Plans for the redevelopment of Stevenage town centre

THE regeneration of a town centre could be complete by 2013 if everything goes to plan for the developers.

A planning application for the redevelopment of Stevenage town centre could be submitted as early as the end of May and if the development is given the green light later this year, work on the £500m development could begin by 2009 and would take around four years to complete.

Speaking about the development Simon Hoad, of ING Real Estate - one of two developers who are working on the plans - said: "This is a large scheme, a comprehensive scheme, and we are involved in a number of these around the world.

"They usually take a long time, from between seven to 10 years from start to finish, and we have been working on it for some time already.

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"We have taken into account the views that have been made during that process and we have looked at the town centre as a whole and want to improve it."

Stevenage Mayor Cllr Simon Speller took a look at the exhibition on Tuesday and said: "It is really good and I would urge everybody who has an interest in Stevenage to go and see it.

"I think the key to the whole plan is the discovery centre with the library and museum and it is what Stevenage and North Herts needs."

Next week's exhibition, which runs from this Saturday, March 24, to March 31, excluding Sunday, at the site of the former Edward The Confessor pub in the town centre, will allow residents and visitors to Stevenage to view the plans.

Questionnaires will be on hand for people to give feedback on the plans and visitors will have a fortnight after the end of the exhibition in which to send in their views.

o The plans will be discussed at Stevenage Borough Council's meeting on Wednesday, April 4 when the main item on the agenda is entitled Time for a New Town Centre.

Members of the public are invited to come along to hear a presentation from developers Stanhope/ING and to find out the results of early feedback from the public consultation.

The meeting will take place at the council's office, Daneshill House, at 7pm.

For more information ring 01438 242203, or e-mail committees@stevenage.gov.uk


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