Countryside Submits Application to provide Additional Homes, including much-needed Affordable Homes and a new Care Home in Bishops Stortford


Countryside submits application to provide additional homes, including much-needed affordable homes and a new care home in Bishop’s Stortford.

  • Countryside has submitted an outline planning application to increase the number of homes at its St Michael’s Hurst development
  • Plans will allow for a significant increase in the number of affordable homes, bringing total provision within the new application to 40%
  • A new 66-bedroom care home will also be built, subject to planning approval


Countryside Partnerships, a leading UK homebuilder, has today submitted an outline planning application to increase the number of homes to be provided at its St Michael’s Hurst development, located to the north west of Bishop’s Stortford Town Centre. 

The application for the Phase C+ area of the site looks to secure the principle of an increase in the number of homes for that part of the site from 110 units to either 260 new homes plus a 66-bedroom care home, or 270 new homes in total. Should the application be approved by East Herts District Council, it will see the overall number of homes at the site increase from the existing consented 329 new homes to around 489 new homes in total, while retaining open and green spaces that were originally proposed as part of the current planning permission. 

Given the growing demand for care provision, the application also allows for the possibility of delivering a 66-bedroom care home on the site, which will help to meet the growing need for such facilities and will also create a number of new jobs for the local community. A further announcement on the care home will be made in the next few weeks. 

The proposed increase in the number of homes will facilitate better use of available land to provide much needed affordable homes for the local community. Phase A – currently under construction – and Phase B of the development will provide 219 new homes which provides coverage of 27-42 dwellings per hectare (DpH), including 25% affordable housing. Under the original outline application 110 homes would have remained to be constructed on 9.5 hectares of land, resulting in a density of 11 DpH, which is not considered the best use of available land. The new application for the Phase C+ area provides for 30-35 DpH, commensurate with Phases A and B and in line with a development site of this nature and will enable 40% affordable housing to be secured.

Countryside has also submitted a detailed Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) in support of its application which considers the wider impacts of the increased number of dwellings on community and infrastructure matters such as Transport, Healthcare, Education and Air Quality. The EIA not only considers this scheme but also other consented and pending planning applications within the wider Bishop’s Stortford area to ensure appropriate mitigation, provisions and funding are made available. 

David Everett, Managing Director at Countryside New Homes & Communities Central, commented: "This new outline planning application for the remainder of St Michael’s Hurst provides a unique opportunity for Countryside to provide a wider range of new housing, including 40% affordable housing, in the Bishop’s Stortford area, while helping to achieve the five-year housing supply requirements in the local area”.

“We are committed to ensuring our developments have a positive impact on community life and are enthusiastic about the possibility of delivering a new care home for the area, in addition to high-quality new homes.

“We look forward to receiving feedback from the local community on our plans."

The application material will shortly be available for comment by the public and statutory stakeholders on East Herts District Council Planning website and Countryside hopes the application will come before East Herts Development Control Committee later on in the year.