Council tells neighbours to keep up

PUBLISHED: 11:42 20 July 2006 | UPDATED: 10:31 06 May 2010

LET S get on with it! That is the call from Stevenage Borough Council to its neighbouring councils about the controversial West of Stevenage development. At a full council meeting last week councillors called on North Herts District Council and Herts

LET'S get on with it!"

That is the call from Stevenage Borough Council to its neighbouring councils about the controversial West of Stevenage development.

At a full council meeting last week councillors called on North Herts District Council and Herts County Council to work with them on the negotiations with the developers on the section 106 agreement. This needs to be completed by September.

It is a deadline which Stevenage councillor John Gardner thinks is feasible as long as support is received from county.

He said: "The question is a matter of HCC deploying the required resources and political will to achieve agreement as requested by the Secretary of State in autumn 2005."

He said the West of Stevenage development "has the potential to significantly enhance both the quality of life and future prosperity" of North Hertfordshire.

A Herts County Council spokesman said it is working actively with the two councils and "hopes to reach an agreement by the September deadline".

But a spokesman for North Herts District Council said it maintains its "strong opposition" to the major development west of the A1(M).

She said: "If development were to go ahead NHDC is fully committed to achieving a meaningful multilateral 106 agreement with our partners, SBC and HCC.

"We will continue to work at the highest level with the consortium of developers to ensure that the scheme will be of the highest possible quality.

"Measures have been identified by ourselves, the county council and SBC to ensure the provision of an extensive range of facilities which we believe have to be guaranteed to ensure that such a large scale development is fully sustainable and to minimise the impact of the substantial growth on the rural communities within the district.


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