A planning application has been submitted for the huge new £500 million town centre set to be built as part of the Brookfield Riverside development.

Development partners Borough of Broxbourne, Hertfordshire County Council and Sovereign Peveril Brookfield, have submitted plans for Brookfield Riverside, set to be a one million sq ft town centre, and would include areas for retail, leisure, food and beverage, hotel, civic uses, workspace, assisted living, mixed residential and parking for 2,000 vehicles.

It will be adjacent to Brookfield Garden Village which has 1,250 new homes, a primary school, a neighbourhood centre and other council facilities needed in the area.

The New River, which flows through the site, will form a focal point of attraction for the leisure and restaurant elements. The development would also see improved road and junction infrastructure, together with new cycling and pedestrian links connecting to Cheshunt.

Chris Geaves, chief executive of Sovereign Centros, said: “We, alongside our development partners Borough of Broxbourne and Hertfordshire County Council, are delighted to submit proposals for Brookfield Riverside, part of the wider Brookfield masterplan. This is a transformative urban regeneration project that will boost employment and economic opportunities in the region.

“It is one of London and the South East’s last regeneration opportunities on this scale and will create a new heart for shopping and leisure in this superb location. The local community’s feedback has been vital in shaping our plans for the new town centre and we are excited about the next phase in delivering the scheme.

Ralph Jones, managing director of Peveril Securities said: “We are delighted to be associated with this development which is in a unique location on the edge of London and we very much look forward to bringing it to fruition over the next two years.”

Councillor Lewis Cocking, leader of Borough of Broxbourne said: “This development will be transformational for the Borough and will bring significant social and economic benefits to local people. I am delighted that the project has reached this crucial stage.

“The developments will create much-needed housing and affordable homes, a variety of leisure and retail facilities, including a new cinema and up to 2,000 permanent new jobs. This will not only be good for the local economy but will also have environmental benefits; the new town centre will be fully integrated with the public transport, cycling and walking networks and local people will no longer have to travel outside of the area for their shopping and leisure needs.”

“I am delighted that the objectives set out in our Local Plan are taking shape within the planning applications after nearly two decades of hard work and commitment from all at the Borough of Broxbourne.”

Richard Roberts, leader of Hertfordshire County Council and chair of Hertfordshire Growth Board, said: “Brookfield Riverside and Garden Village are incredibly innovative and important projects. They demonstrate our commitment to ensuring Hertfordshire remains a wonderful place for families to live, work and learn.

“We are committed to making sure that our county is home to well-designed, sustainable and thriving communities, and the Brookfield developments are excellent examples of how collaborative working can bring new places forward to make our residents’ lives even better.”

The submission follows the recently granted planning consent for Blackstone and Hudson’s £700m Sunset Film Studios development on a 91-acre site to the south of Brookfield Riverside.

The architects for the development are Lyons Sleeman Hoare.

Image source: Lyons Sleeman Hoare

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