Town Centre Strategies

Town Centre Strategies are planning documents which set out short, medium and long term actions for town centres.  They do not form part of the Development Plan but may be regarded as a “material consideration” in the determination of planning applications and the negotiation of Section 106 planning contributions. 

The Council has commissioned a number of Evidence studies to help inform town centre strategies and these can be downloaded from the Evidence Studies webpage.

Have your say on the future of Cheshunt Old Pond

Cheshunt Old Pond is a district centre which has a medium-sized supermarket and a range of shops, cafes and other facilities that are well used through the day and evening. Residents and users of the area were invited to have their say on its future and possible improvement works in a survey which has now closed. An update on the Old Pond Strategy will be posted here in due course. 


Hoddesdon is an historic market town with a mix of supermarkets, high street retailers, independent shops and eating/drinking places, small businesses and community facilities. 

The Hoddesdon Town Centre Strategy was adopted in May 2010. 

Progress on the Town Centre Strategy and an updated schedule of projects, to be implemented in the short term, was adopted by Cabinet in February 2015.

Waltham Cross Draft Town Centre Strategy

The Waltham Cross Town Centre Strategy was adopted by Cabinet in March and is now available for viewing. The Waltham Cross Town Centre Strategy will help guide the development and regeneration of Waltham Cross town centre over the medium-term period of five to ten years. It is a key strand of the Waltham Cross Renaissance Plan  long-term and on-going programme of environmental, social and economic regeneration for the town.

The Strategy contains the following objectives for the town centre:

·        To make Waltham Cross an attractive and high quality town centre

·        To make Waltham Cross modern, popular and vibrant

·        To ensure Waltham Cross is a well managed town centre

·        To make Waltham Cross Town Centre accessible

·        To make Waltham Cross a living and working town centre

The Strategy includes a number of projects and proposals to deliver the objectives above including redevelopment of the northern end of the High Street, the use of shared space through the centre, improvements to the roundel area to the south and the provision of a market square.

It also aims to improve the look and feel of the town centre through improved signage and street furniture and attract more people by improving its retail offer.

Some of the proposals in the Strategy, once they have been formalised, will be subject to further consultation with the public and traders.

Local centres

Local Centres are the network of groups and parades of shops located around the borough that cater for day-to-day needs such as convenience stores, newsagents, hairdressers, off-licenses and take-aways.