Consultation to start over Royston Cross redevelopment

ROYSTON town centre could be about to continue its redevelopment, with the area known as The Cross next on the list.

The town’s residents are to be asked for their views on the possible enhancement of the area when a four-week consultation from North Herts District Council (NHDC) begins this week.

It follows the proposed plans at Fish Hill, which received backing from councillors in October.

The upcoming consultation is being held to find out how people think the historical area could be improved.

The draft brief will attempt to make the area safer, more pedestrian friendly and create a more pleasant environment while retaining its historic character, according to NHDC officials.

Cllr Tom Brindley, NHDC’s portfolio holder for planning, transport and economic development, said: “One of the council’s key priorities is our town centres, and we are now looking for as many people as possible to comment on a range of proposals for this historically important part of Royston.

Proposed features for The Cross, which lies at the intersection of Roman roads Ermine Street and Icknield Way, include improving the priority for pedestrians, improving the open spaces, standardising the street furniture and giving more prominence to the Royse Stone.

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The area was identified for possible redevelopment in the Royston Town Centre Strategy Supplementary Planning Document in 2008.

The document provides guidance on how development should be carried out in the town.

Cllr Brindley continued: “At present, there are a number of features in the Royston Cross area which we feel could be enhanced and many challenges as it continues to be a busy road junction where ‘rat-running’ and parking lead to a dominance of cars in the area rather than pedestrians.

“Over the summer, we received some excellent feedback on the design proposals for Fish Hill Square and I hope we get a similar level of interest in this phase of consultation on the future of Royston town centre.”

The consultation runs for four weeks from the November 10 until December 8. The draft brief and response forms will be available to view at Royston library and NHDC’s main offices in Letchworth, For more information visit