Government grant will fund railway bridge to Baldock North development

PUBLISHED: 13:44 29 March 2019 | UPDATED: 13:44 29 March 2019

A Baldock development  may receive £22 million to fund the building of a railway bridge needed for the BA1 development. Picture: North Herts District Council

A Baldock development may receive £22 million to fund the building of a railway bridge needed for the BA1 development. Picture: North Herts District Council

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A proposed housing scheme in the North of Baldock could receive £22 million in funding should an application by Hertfordshire County Council be successful.

Projects in Baldock North, Brookfield and Gilston were shortlisted early last year after the council applied for a Housing Infrastructure Fund of £211 million.

This bid submitted for Baldock by the county council relates to a new railway crossings that would be needed for the proposed new development north of Baldock.

North Herts District Council’s service director Ian Fullstone said: “It is vital that any future development around Baldock provides sustainable links between existing and proposed areas of the town.

“This includes connections between the places where people may live, work and go to school.

“Providing a pedestrian and cycle connection between Clothall Common and the new development in central to our vision for North of Baldock.

“It is a key requirement in our new Local Plan currently being examined by the government’s inspector.
“We welcome the county council’s bid to provide high-quality infrastructure across the railway line.”

How Baldock’s road would cope was a concern for residents which was raised during the North Herts District Council’s Local Plan hearings in February last year.

The Local Plan proposes to bring 3,386 new homes to Baldock. The infrastructure fund will fund the new railway crossings to the BA1 site, the largest single development in the plan with 2,800 homes.

Launched by the government in 2017, the HIF is a capital grant programme for new physical infrastructure which will transform areas where housing is in the greatest demand and support new and existing communities.

Council’s can bid for a portion of of £5.5 billion set aside by the government to spend on infrastructure when building housing.

It will also make more land available for new, additional homes which would otherwise not have been built, and will help Hertfordshire provide for a growing population.

Herts County Council have provisionally allocated Harlow and Gilston Garden Town £151 million, Brookfield £38 million and Baldock North £22 million.

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