Town centre regeneration “firmly on track”

A massive town centre regeneration project in Stevenage is still on track says the borough council while warning that nothing can be built before an upturn in retail.

Work on a �250m redevelopment of the town centre is “firmly on track” according to the council, with a planning application due to be considered in the new year.

The application by Stevenage Regeneration includes plans for around 60 new shops, including a department store, additional parking for 1,800 cars, up to 120 residential units and four public squares.

John Gardner, deputy leader of the authority, said: “We are currently processing the application and expect it to go before the committee in the spring.

“The plans are very exciting and are further proof of the continuing success of Stevenage town centre. In the last year Barclays and Next have both moved into newer and bigger sites and we continue to receive enquiries from major retailers.”

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But he added that the “physical commencement” of the plan was “highly dependant” on the economic recovery of the retail market.

To view the planning application in detail, go to

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