Why we are regenerating
We will transform our existing town centre and the surrounding area, delivering new streets, facilities and more for our residents and visitors, both now and in the future.
Town centres across the country are changing and there is a need to introduce a mix of uses to ensure our town remains a place where people want to spend time. The Covid-19 pandemic has sped up these changes and we are responding to them in a way which will future proof Stevenage and support residents and businesses.
The regeneration of Stevenage town centre will:
- Boost our local economy by increasing the number of people living and working in our town, and increasing our arts and culture scene
- Reignite our night-time economy with new leisure and commercial facilities, plus bars, restaurants and cafes
- Deliver health and public services right in the centre of town to meet local needs and attract visitors
- Maximise innovative business and educational facilities in town to generate further investment and help local people prosper
- Introduce new green space and nature within the town centre
- Enhance our transport network, with the new bus interchange and upgrading our existing 45km cycleway
The regeneration of Stevenage will lead to improvements to existing retail units – as well as introducing a range of new facilities and brands – and public areas that will bring back a once vibrant shopping scene, adapting to the changes in today’s retail environment.
We want to give people somewhere to dine out, use leisure facilities, and socialise with friends and family – all as part of an enhanced shopping experience.
Stevenage is already home to a well-established and unrivalled business support network; in 2017 we helped 49 start-ups set out on their journey.
We’ll be making life even better for our business community with the addition of new and affordable flexible work space in the centre of town, giving start-ups the freedom to work remotely in central Stevenage, at a time that suits them.
We’re creating tranquil, green spaces in which to unwind and socialise in and around the town, and centralising all of our local public and community services.
We’ll bring health services, the voluntary sector and a library together with the local council in one place, in addition to refreshed public areas and state-of-the-art leisure facilities. The result will be an accessible, convenient location to meet the public’s modern-day needs, right in the heart of Stevenage.
Stevenage is perfectly placed for local, national and international travel. We’re improving transport links and access to the town centre for visitors and residents. Our new bus Interchange provides much needed updated facilities for bus users such as heated/covered waiting areas, accessible toilets and café, as well as improving travel links with the railway station and town centre.
Ample parking will remain for those visiting the town, with a new 600 space car park planned near the railway station to enhance the approach to Stevenage.
Arts and culture
Our first original new town history will be celebrated in the New Town’s Heritage Centre with a modern cultural arts, heritage and education centre and adjacent flexible space for events, performances, education and leisure activities.
Residents will be able to enjoy regular arts cultural events, and performances and fun leisure activities in the town to strengthen our community and pride in the town.
Stevenage Borough Council has committed to battling climate change by setting a target to achieve net-zero emissions by 2030. We’re working with partners to create a more sustainable town for the future by:-
- Reducing our environmental impact
- Cultivating sustainability
- Improving our energy efficiency
Green initiatives include:
- Recycling rainwater and using natural drainage
- Improving biodiversity with new green spaces, which includes new trees and shrubs at the Bus Interchange
- Provision of electric car charging points and secure storage for bicycles
- Encouraging more walking and cycling in town.