Two-bed apartments on a controversial new housing estate next to the A1(M) in Stevenage are currently being marketed for rent at £1,300 per month.

Franklin Park will consist of 133 homes on land west of the A1(M) and south of Stevenage Road in Todds Green, with the new build apartments available from September, estate agent Keller Williams said.

The advert says "the village benefits from being close to the town of Stevenage", and that the development has "excellent links to the A1(M)".


Last year, when the new development started being built, residents nearby began raising concerns about reflective noise and the visual impact of a nine-metre high sound barrier erected between Franklin Park and the A1(M).

Stevenage Borough Council's planning department had granted permission for the barrier after another council department failed to report that their noise consultant had said the site needed remodelling due to concerns over the proposed barrier, in terms of reflective noise and the ground effects of the screening.

Council officers subsequently appointed an independent consultant to undertake a comprehensive assessment of the erected fence in relation to reflective sound, and the council said officers were liasing directly with housebuilder Taylor Wimpey and Highways England to explore options of mitigating the visual impact of the fence.

The Comet has asked the council to provide an update.