Town plans go on show

PUBLISHED: 11:04 15 March 2007 | UPDATED: 11:40 06 May 2010

NEW plans for a £500 million redevelopment project are set to go on display to the public next weekend. The proposals for Stevenage town centre will be on show for a week from Saturday, March 24. The plans include a new range of shops including a departme

NEW plans for a £500 million redevelopment project are set to go on display to the public next weekend.

The proposals for Stevenage town centre will be on show for a week from Saturday, March 24.

The plans include a new range of shops including a department store, new town centre homes, new civic facilities and a new bus station.

Members of the public will be encouraged to comment on the design before a formal planning application is submitted later this year.

Councillor Sharon Taylor, leader of Stevenage Borough Council, said: "This is a very exciting time for Stevenage as it moves into a major phase in its history with a new town centre and other exciting regeneration projects. We have worked hard alongside the developers and our partners the national regeneration agency English Partnerships and we are confident people will like what they see.

"I look forward to Stevenage people telling us what they think."

Robin Parker, leader of the Liberal Democrat opposition on the council, welcomed the plans but admitted to having some concerns.

He said: "There's many good things about the scheme and certainly the town needs regenerating but there's a few things I would query."

Cllr Parker said he was concerned about the lack of a bus/rail interchange, about the fact that in the new plans the walkway from the station to the leisure centre remains uncovered, and about plans for surface level crossings in Lytton Way and St George's Way.

And he warned: "If the redevelopment happens then we're going to have to be very careful what Queensway is left looking like.

"It could be that some shops move from their present Queensway position up to the new parts of the development and if so that would leave vacancies in Queensway and we wouldn't want Queensway to become a ghost town."

The plans will be on display in the former Edward the Confessor pub, which has been refitted for the exhibition, from Saturday, March 24 until Saturday, March 31.

The display will be open from 11am to 4pm Monday to Friday and 10am to 4pm on Saturdays.

It is not open on Sunday, March 25.

For more information about the exhibition ring 01438 242825 or email regeneration

@stevenage.gov.uk


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