Campaigning group set to march on Letchworth in protest of housing plans

Steve Paffet speaking at the meeting on Monday night.

Steve Paffet speaking at the meeting on Monday night. - Credit: Archant

A campaigning group is marching in Letchworth tomorrow to protest against housing plans.

North Herts District Council’s draft allocation for Letchworth contains 11 sites making up 1,537 homes which are still to be built, including 1,000 dwellings on land north of the Grange estate.

The meeting point at the fountains in Broadway at 10.30am, with the one-mile march starting at 11am and expected to last for about an hour.

The march will loop around the town centre starting and finishing in Broadway, via Station Place, Station Road, Eastcheap, Leys Avenue, Norton Way South and past the council offices in Gernon Road.

Steve Paffet, who has organised the march for campaign group Save The World’s First Garden City, said: “We want to invite anyone from North Hertfordshire to support us in this peaceful march on Saturday.

“We are marching in protest of the district’s disgraceful housing plan.

“Letchworth has a population of more than 15,000 people and not much Green Belt left. It’s a model known all over the world so we should leave it that way.”

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Councillor David Levett, responsible for planning and enterprise at the district council, said: “We fully understand the level of feeling generated by the Local Plan regarding housing numbers and the sensitivity of building on Green Belt.

“The decision on future housing sites is not an easy one and so we are urging people to give us their views and feedback to help us refine our plans.”

The consultation on the authority’s preferred options for the allocation of houses across the district runs until February 6.

Comet reporter Rebecca Day will be attending the march. For updates follow @journo_beccaday and @thecomet24.