English heritage concerned about plans to redevelop town

THE major redevelopment of a town centre, which includes a conservation area, has raised concerns with English Heritage. The �500 million pound regeneration proposal for Stevenage town centre includes incorporating new streets and public spaces, 90 shops

THE major redevelopment of a town centre, which includes a conservation area, has raised concerns with English Heritage. The �500 million pound regeneration proposal for Stevenage town centre includes incorporating new streets and public spaces, 90 shops, 18 cafes and restaurants, and up to 1,050 apartments.

Town Square, designed by Peter Shepheard in 1957, is within one of Europe's first pedestrian precincts and was designated a conservation area in 1988.

English Heritage has described the area as "being of concern". In a report it said: "Town Square is within major development proposals for the regeneration of Stevenage town centre.

"The project has the potential to significantly enhance the area through the adoption of sympathetic proposals, but there is a risk of harm through over development."


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It added: "Advertising, street clutter and highways works threaten the condition of the public areas."

Stevenage Borough Council refused to comment.

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