‘Huge ugly homes plans a blight to Green Belt land’ say Great Ashby residents
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A planning application to build hundreds of homes on Green Belt land has been submitted to a local authority, prompting opposition from people living close to the proposed site.
Developer Croudace Homes has submitted a planning application to North Herts District Council for up to 360 homes on land known as Roundwood on the outskirts of Stevenage, to the north-west of Great Ashby. The land is adjacent to Back Lane and near to Haybluff Drive, Nevils Road and Mendip Way.
Croudace submitted an earlier application for up to 360 homes on the same site in 2010. It received more than 100 formal objections and the proposal was never determined by the planning authority.
Croudace held a public exhibition in February to unveil its latest plans, and a petition was mounted by Great Ashby residents.
The developer has now forged ahead with its planning application, and people have until August 11 to formally register their views.
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Concerns include access, traffic and parking, as well as impacts on services – particularly schools – and the Green Belt, ecology and flooding.
Elizabeth Mimnagh, of Snowdonia Way, said: “Existing schools, doctors, dentists and the Lister Hospital will struggle to accommodate the increase in Great Ashby’s population. This will put a strain on services and therefore cause deterioration in standards.”
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Karen Bartha, of Thirlmere, said: “The access road for this proposed development is in no way adequate. Great Ashby already has a problem with the amount of traffic on the road.”
Teresa Mallia, of Finbracks, said: “This area is heavily built up and highly populated already, and this is one of the few green spaces left around here. To build on it is wrong.”
Emma Lipscomb added: “We are desperately short of housing in the UK, there is no denying that, but instead of one huge ugly site, why not build smaller, more sustainable pockets of dwellings on the perimeter, so that Green Belt destruction is minimised and local facilities are not swamped? Why not 10 smaller sites of 10 dwellings to complement the current layout?”
Great Ashby Community Council has expressed ‘serious concerns’ over the effect this proposal will have on the existing infrastructure and quality of life of Great Ashby residents.
A Croudace spokesman said: “The proposed off-site measures to Mendip Way, Bray Drive and Haybluff Drive in particular have been assessed as maintaining something close to current levels of on-street parking, while allowing free passing of two-way traffic along those roads.
“Possible expansions to The Leys Primary & Nursery School and The Barclay School have been identified as being able to cater for predicted increases in pupil numbers.
“It is considered that, on all issues raised, the development has been shown to be acceptable in planning terms.”
To register your comments, visit www.north-herts.gov.uk and search for ‘Roundwood’ in the planning applications section.