A key objective of pre-application discussion with Stevenage Borough Council has been to seek to define and agree a shared vision for Potters Green as a place to live and work. The following sets out the placemaking ambitions that have been agreed through these discussions:
Extensive discussions have been taking place with officers at Stevenage Borough Council since October 2019. Additional meetings have also taken place with highway, drainage and education specialists at Hertfordshire County Council, the Wildlife Trust, and Highways England.
The focus of discussions to date has been on developing a Framework Masterplan for the site, which is an overarching plan that establishes the broad distribution of land uses, open spaces, areas for drainage and on-and-offsite footpath and cycling connections.
Stevenage Borough Council has appointed urban design consultants to assist Officers in commenting on the design approach to the emerging proposals. A Design Review Workshop has also been conducted virtually with Design South East, made up of an independent panel of experts specialising in planning, architecture, urban design, transport planning and landscape architecture to provide comments on an early draft of the Framework Masterplan.
This rigorous testing process has seen the Framework Masterplan evolve significantly through several iterations as shown in the images below.
Scheme A: The first iteration of a Framework Masterplan for the site proposed development parcels based around a main street, and dissected by a series of green corridors crossing the site on an east-west basis.
Scheme B: The next iteration of the Framework Masterplan looked at a revised arrangement for the primary school (pink), local centre (orange) and employment land (yellow). Detail on potential drainage features and offsite connections was also added.
Scheme C: In the third iteration of the Framework Masterplan the local centre and primary school was moved to a central location so to allow for better accessibility for all part of the development. This followed extensive masterplanning discussions and investigations into the former landfill part of the site south of Dyes Lane Caravan Park, which concluded the land was suitable for all uses.