Council seeking developer to transform town centre

15 Mar 2017

Stevenage Borough Council is looking for a developer to carry out the first phase of the town centre’s regeneration after the council’s Executive Committee approved proposals at a meeting on Tuesday 14 March.

Councillors agreed that having carried out studies and worked with a commercial agent to secure land in the area known as SG1, the Council is now in a position to get the first phase of the town centre’s regeneration underway.

The town centre’s regeneration aims to deliver new retail units bordering the town square, 600 new homes, investment in the town square, creation of a new linear park, and leisure facilities such as restaurants and bars, as well as a new civic hub, which will incorporate a modern library and health facilities.

Later this month developers will get the opportunity to formally demonstrate their interest and commitment to what will be the beginning of one of the largest town centre regeneration programmes in the East of England.

Councillor John Gardner, Executive Member for Environment and Regeneration at Stevenage Borough Council, said: “The wheels are in motion and we are now on our way to transforming the town centre for the people of Stevenage. We are looking for a partner who will share our vision for the renaissance of our town centre that looks to the future, while complementing Stevenage’s rich New Town heritage.

“We have already received very positive feedback from developers and the commercial world over the attractiveness of the scheme. The right partner will be selected by the end of the year, with planning permission to be sought in 2018 and development to start the year after.”