Outline planning permission for Brookfield Riverside, a major mixed use town centre, retail, leisure and housing development for The Borough of Broxbourne, Hertfordshire.
The site is allocated in the Broxbourne Local Plan 2018-2033, which was approved in 2020 by an independent Planning Inspector following a public examination.
Carter Jonas has been providing planning advice on the project since 2019. Working with Lyons Sleeman Hoare Architects, Waterman on the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and Mayer Brown on Highways and Transport. Carter Jonas, led extensive pre-application engagement with the Council and key stakeholders up to the submission of the planning application in September 2022.
The £500 million Brookfield Riverside development will create a new centre for the Borough with up to 315,000 sq ft of retail; 250,000 sq ft of leisure, restaurants and a cinema; 160,000 sq ft of offices including a new civic hub; approximately 250 homes and 100 assisted living units, a 2,000-space car park and major improvements to the public realm. It will generate 2,000 jobs during construction and 2,500 new jobs on completion.
The new town centre meets the requirements of the Local Plan to maximise street level activity and the night time economy; creates a defined character of design and landmark buildings; public spaces focused on the New River; car parking to meet need; exceptional public realm with extensive planting and landscaping; integration with the existing retail park, M&S and Tesco stores; and a scale and mix to create vitality and viability.
One of the latest areas in the UK to support a project of this size and concept, it is extremely well-located just north of junction 25 on the M25 London Orbital Motorway and alongside the A10. The New River, which was built in 1613 to supply London with fresh drinking water and flows through the site, will form a focal point of attraction for the leisure and restaurant elements.
The proposals include active travel routes which serve the Brookfield area as a whole – there is over 14km of pedestrian and cycle routes within the schemes, and these connect to the wider area including through improved underpasses to cross the A10. There is also improvements to public transport in the form of new/improved bus services.
The development, alongside the neighbouring Garden Village, will provide a 10% increase in biodiversity by the extensive planting of additional trees, shrubs and flowers.