Broxbourne approves draft core strategy

Broxbourne Borough Council has approved its draft core strategy which sets out a vision for the next 15 years.

Key policies include regenerating neighbourhoods by building high-quality and sustainable homes in urban areas, small edge-of-urban sites and large green belt sites where they are well connected  by public transport, walking and cycling.

The strategy envisages building 240 new homes a year with sufficient numbers of affordable homes for borough residents to buy or rent.

It calls for a mix of house types and sizes with developers in urban areas basing their design and density on local surroundings while developments in other areas should favour family homes.

The Greater Brookfield development will provide around 50,000 square metres of  retail floorspace, around 15,000 square metres of leisure floorspace, including a multi-screen cinema and bowling alley, and about 300 houses as well as major transport improvements.

Hoddesdon and Waltham Cross town centre strategies will aim to ensure that the established town centres remain popular destinations for shopping at high street retailers, independent shops, eating and drinking and community events.

Existing employment areas will be a focus for job creation and will be complemented by new retail and leisure jobs at Greater Brookfield and new high value jobs at Park Plaza, with a move away from warehousing and distribution developments.

The strategy says all development should enhance its surroundings and reduce its impact on climate change.  The green belt, Lee Valley Regional Park and other important open spaces, landscapes and historic areas will be protected and enhanced.

Appropriate infrastructure will be brought forward to support regeneration and growth, with an A10 route management strategy prepared to minimise road congestion.

The document will be published for comments from the public at the end of August.

The council aims to adopt the core strategy in May 2011.

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