Letchworth and Baldock MP fears housing plan could see “overdevelopment” towards Bygrave

Oliver Heald MP

Oliver Heald MP - Credit: Archant

The MP for Letchworth and Baldock fears that North Hertfordshire District Council’s Local Plan could see “overdevelopment” towards Bygrave.

Sir Oliver Heald, MP for North East Hertfordshire, said: “We all agree there is a need for housing in our area, but I do think it is important that overall numbers should be limited in order to protect our environment and that proposed development sites should be allocated in an equitable way across the district.

“I share the concerns of my constituents in the Baldock area about possible overdevelopment towards Bygrave. I have been contacted by a number of residents and I am taking up their concerns with the leader of NHDC. I will be urging all residents to respond to the consultation when it is available and I shall be putting forward my concerns.

“Although some smaller schemes have been discussed for Letchworth and Hitchin, I and local Baldock area councillors fear worse for the area between Baldock and Bygrave.

“Ed Miliband visited Stevenage recently to announce that Labour is proposing that Stevenage and Luton should have the ‘right to grow’ and this would involve much more building as they spread into North Hertfordshire. North Herts would not only have to provide for its own housing needs, but theirs too. I will oppose this at any planning inquiry.”

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