Local planning

Bishop’s Stortford and the surrounding area is currently undergoing large and rapid expansion. There are great opportunities for building new homes which aim for zero carbon and for having more public transport. We are committed to highlighting the need to aim high in development planning. Much more needs to be done and opportunities are being missed.

We are campaigning for East Herts council to adopt higher energy efficiency and carbon emission standards for new developments, and developed a Draft Supplementary Planning Document showing the targets that East Herts could adopt. Following this, the council developed their Sustainability Supplementary Planning Document and adopted this in March 2021.

East Herts District Plan 2018

Gilston Garden Town

The consultation for this has closed but the application, 3/19/1045/OUT, has not yet been approved. We have submitted an objection as the proposals do not show a credible way for the development to meet a net zero carbon requirement

Goods Yard Scheme

In response to the developer’s proposals for the Bishop’s Stortford Goods Yard scheme, Chris Dunham, Carbon Descent, recommended that the design should include a heat network distributing energy from a ground source heat pump.

This showed the potential benefits of connecting all the buildings to a site-wide heat network, replacing a gas-fired combined heat and power generator with a much larger central heat pump that would source its heat either from boreholes or from the River Stort, The heat network could have included the Nuffield Leisure Centre and the Cinema. The developer’s proposals have since been approved but do not incorporate the heat network.

Bishop’s Stortford South

We objected to Countryside’s Proposals for Bishop’s Stortford South, 3/18/2253/OUT, on the grounds that they are not net zero carbon and did not comply with EHDC’s District Plan or the town’s Neighbourhood Plan in relation to climate and sustainability related issues.

Bishop’s Stortford North

The Bishop’s Stortford North development, under outline application 3/13/0804/OP, is now being built.

Planning permission has been approved for a care home at St Michael’s Hurst that will use low-carbon energy from ground-source heat pumps