Causing alarm?

PUBLISHED: 12:06 22 June 2006 | UPDATED: 10:20 06 May 2010

Your article ( Council invites views on sites for new homes June 8) is somewhat misleading. Both the council and Councillor Thake are quoted as asking residents where they would like to see the 15,800 homes, currently included in the East of England Plan

Your article ('Council invites views on sites for new homes' June 8) is somewhat misleading. Both the council and Councillor Thake are quoted as asking residents where they would like to see the 15,800 homes, currently included in the East of England Plan, to be sited. Your article even suggests the option of building in the green belt and on green fields at Baldock and Royston.

In fact the East of England Plan is quite clear that 8,000 of the 15,800 houses will be built west and north of Stevenage albeit within North Herts District and it is only the other 7,800 houses which may be built elsewhere. As I understand it, North Herts District Council have already carried out an urban capacity study, which shows that the vast majority of these 7,800 houses could be built on brownfield sites inside our existing settlements.

Of course the Inspector, who will shortly deliver his report on the East of England Plan, may change the number of houses to be built at Stevenage, but he may also change the overall figure of 15,800.

To imply, as the district council appear to be doing, that the location of all the houses required in North Herts can be decided in consultation with the residents, and by speculating on green belt options across the district, can only confuse and alarm people unnecessarily.

IAN SIMPSON, Back Street, Ashwell, Baldock

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