Stevenage Borough Council has been granted planning permission for one of its most ambitious new building developments which will see it deliver 236 homes to the Bragbury End area, as well as a raft of new local facilities and retail units.
The development, which will see a complete revamp of Kenilworth Close, was unanimously approved by Planning Committee on 4th December and construction will commence next year.
It will include a mix of houses that are for sale, affordable rent and social rent and will help to meet the needs of a diverse local community by bringing a varied mix of property types to the area.
Commenting on the development, Councillor Sharon Taylor, Leader of Stevenage Borough Council, said: “We are so delighted to have the green light on this project which is an important pillar of our ongoing and exciting regeneration plans for Stevenage. Together with our partners Kyle Smart Associates, we have designed a neighbourhood that will be inclusive of the varied needs of our residents.
“It will bring quality of life enhancements in the form of new green space, innovations such as roof terrace gardens and retail and leisure facilities designed to enhance community connections in the area.
“It has been a long process, throughout which we have been striving to actively involve and consult with the local community on their needs, and we thank them for their patience, help and encouragement in getting us to this stage. What we will eventually deliver will increase the levels of pride amongst the residents of our town.”
Christopher Weir, architect and director of Kyle Smart Associates Ltd, said: “We are really thrilled; it’s been great working in partnership with Stevenage to create this landmark development. The design of the homes means there will be no discernible difference in the external appearance of the different tenures and by making provision for apartments, houses and supported housing, the scheme is genuinely inclusive of everyone’s needs.”
The development includes a new state of the art independent living scheme consisting of 88 one and two bedroom apartments. It will also boast new facilities including a roof terrace garden, a café that will be open to the wider public as well as the residents of the scheme and a much improved and more structured green space.
The need for independent living properties for the elderly in Stevenage is on the increase, with an anticipated 64 per cent rise in the number of over 65s in the town between 2011 and 2031. Stevenage Borough Council is taking a pro-active approach to ensure that the needs of this client group are not only met, but that their quality of life is enhanced as much as possible. The East and North Herts Clinical Commission Group has voiced support for the scheme, stating that it will have a positive impact on residents’ health.
The retail offer to the local area will also be improved with four new store units at the centre of the development facing out onto a central green space.
There will also be positive contributions to support from partners and local infrastructure including education, highways and health, as well as significant investment in local green spaces for the benefit of the wider community.
You can view a short video of how the new development will look, here