Quality of life


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.

Shopping opportunities are many and varied, with a pedestrianised town centre, small independent shops in the unique atmosphere of the Old Town, and retail parks.

The 120 acre Fairlands Valley Park at the centre of the town provides a tranquil escape for walking and family days out. There are water sports and fitness trails throughout its length. Alongside this, Stevenage has a variety of natural woodland and parks that let the countryside in. The cycle network is extensive, and there are attractive walking routes in and around town.


We are seeking to broaden the housing offer through regeneration and intervention.Regen-Pge8-Peartree

Seven award winning homes at Cotney Croft and Peartree Way have been designed to the highest environmental credentials. These houses for social rent enable families to lead sustainable lifestyles and benefit from reduced bills, whilst contributing to research.

We are undertaking an investment and renewal programme for the town’s neighbourhood centres. A multi-million pound community regeneration project for Archer Road is underway, including 30 Council-built homes, the first for more than 25 years.


Lister Hospital is the town’s largest employer and a driver of wider regeneration. The Lister has been transformed - through investment of £150 million in new facilities - into the Trust’s specialist hospital for emergency and in-patient care for east and north Hertfordshire and south Bedfordshire.


Stevenage enjoys strong links between the education and business communities. ManyRegen-Pge8-Nobel-School local secondary schools have specialist status and boast good records of academic achievement. Marriots and Nobel received substantial investment under the Building Schools for the Future programme.

Further education is provided by North Hertfordshire College, offering a range of vocational and academic courses. Its main campus is a state-of-the-art complex in the heart of the town. The College has a brand new skills centre, the Da Vinci School, offering first class practical facilities for courses.