Baldock needs to grow sustainably to provide homes and jobs for current and future generations. This is reflected in the North Hertfordshire Local Plan. The Baldock, Bygrave and Clothall Neighbourhood Plan sets out strong expectations for how that growth should happen, and incorporates core principles on the way Baldock should grow well and sustainably.
Master Developer Urban&Civic is leading a core part of the plans to deliver this growth, on land owned by Hertfordshire County Council to the north and east of Baldock; and wants to engage local communities and partners to ensure it delivers what this historic market town needs.
The proposed extension to the east and north of Baldock is key to ensuring that growth is sustainable and works with the existing town.
Aerial photograph of the land at Baldock looking north east (site highlighted)
The site was allocated for development in the North Hertfordshire Local Plan in 2022, and we are now preparing a Strategic Masterplan. This sets out how the development would look, feel and work, before taking it forward through a planning application.
It will deliver:
Up to 3,300 much-needed new homes in a wide range of sizes and tenures
Shops and community facilities
Public transport and active travel connections, alongside investment in local road infrastructure
Around 600,000sq ft of new employment space
New secondary school, two primary schools and a special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) school
Who is Urban&Civic?
Who is Hertfordshire County Council (HCC)?
The 'Master Developer' approach
The Urban&Civic approach is about more than just building homes: it looks at all the things a place needs to work sustainably, and ensures they are delivered ahead of and alongside new homes. While the number of homes in this development is significant, it can only come forward with the schools, health provision, play and green space people need: Play areas will be close to homes, schools a short bike, scoot or walk away, and critically they are all designed and delivered together to create a sustainable community.
This development is a fundamental part of Baldock’s future, and Urban&Civic are committed to working with the town, its residents and all local partners throughout the lifecycle of the development. Our Communities team will continue to work with the existing and future new residents to keep the discussions going and ensure we grow Baldock together.