20,000 homes: The start of a downward spiral’

PUBLISHED: 11:30 09 February 2006 | UPDATED: 09:35 06 May 2010

ONE of the most outspoken critics of the proposals to expand Stevenage explained why he still strongly objects to the Government plans for thousands more homes. Tim Akeroyd representing CASE, Campaign Against Stevenage Expansion, said the proposals had co

ONE of the most outspoken critics of the proposals to expand Stevenage explained why he still strongly objects to the Government plans for thousands more homes.

Tim Akeroyd representing CASE, Campaign Against Stevenage Expansion, said the proposals had come 10 years too late.

"People who can afford these homes will move out of the town and it will cause a downward spiral in Stevenage.

"Development to the west and into the Langley Valley is a highly sensitive issue and we strongly oppose this.

He added: "When Stevenage was created in the 1950s there were tremendous problems in England. People needed houses and jobs but we no longer live in that era.

"Stevenage is now highly attractive to the commuter. People who buy these houses will be commuters.

"The regeneration is happening 10 years too late and the opportunity to improve the town has been missed."

Mr Akeroyd added: "The goalposts keep changing, giving us a constantly moving picture which we are all finding difficult to understand.

"What planners must remember is that Stevenage is part of south east England not the east of England.

"Stevenage is 30 minutes from London and is a commuter town and planners are turning a blind eye to this.


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