Stevenage was an inspiring pioneer to a wave of new settlements through post-war Britain. Almost 70 years on from its' New Town designation, the town needs renewal.
Our ambition is for Stevenage to be a town that has confidence and ambition. We want to be:
- a driver for economic success and prosperity in Hertfordshire and the south east
- a place of enduring entrepreneurialism.
We want to see our town renewed. We want new communities developed to the west, north and south of our town.
We want to ensure that our regeneration:
- stimulates conversation
- challenges perceptions
- gathers momentum.
We want to create an environment that attracts investment and interest. We want to be an economic driving force for the sub-region.
In partnership we aim to transform our town centre. Now is the time to join us for this exciting journey.
Explore our ambitious plans to grow Stevenage town centre over the next 15 years. We are working hard to deliver these exciting regeneration plans for all Stevenage residents.
Stevenage First Task Force will deliver the regeneration of our town centre. By bringing together key partners, landowners and investors we will unlock the development opportunities in and around the town centre.
Our town has seen many successes: Gunnels Wood is the largest employment area in the County; our neighbourhood centres provide the community with sustainable local facilities; we benefit from large, well-used areas of open space and our cycle network rivals those of European towns. However some of the the original features of the town are now ageing and in need of regeneration.
The main development period for Stevenage New Town was between 1946 and 1980. 22,400 homes were built in this period, the overwhelming majority being for rent. The pace of development has slowed considerably since then, with an average of 218 new homes per annum being built in the ten years to 2011.
As a first generation New Town, the built fabric of Stevenage in now showing its age. This means there are both major regeneration and growth opportunities.
Three urban extensions are being considered to help meet the Borough’s housing needs.
Stevenage combines quick access to London with a more affordable housing market, providing an advantage over similar towns.
The East Coast Main Line and Great Northern lines will see delivery of new trains in the coming years, which will decrease journey times and increase capacity.
Stevenage offers a perfect balance of life and work. Combining a busy town centre with a cultural offer and the countryside on the doorstep, Stevenage offers a strong mix of urban life and rural escape.