New homes 'will create chaos'

PLANS for a new housing development have been criticised by a resident who claims the site is on the corner of a dangerous roundabout. The 81-year-old woman, who did not want to be named, said plans to knock down two houses on the corner of South Road

PLANS for a new housing development have been criticised by a resident who claims the site is on the corner of a "dangerous" roundabout.

The 81-year-old woman, who did not want to be named, said plans to knock down two houses on the corner of South Road and Clothall Road in Baldock and replace them with six flats and eight houses will "create even more chaos".

She said: "The application says there will be 27 car parking spaces. The road and roundabout are already dangerous and chaotic without these added vehicles trying to creep out of the entrance to the development.

"At the moment there are houses on the corner with cars parked outside but some of these cars are parked awkwardly and because some drivers enter the road quite quickly they have to brake and adjust their vehicles in order to avoid both the parked cars and those travelling in the opposite direction...it's already compact.

"I can't imagine how bad this will get if it goes ahead."

The application to build the development has been submitted to North Hertfordshire District Council by Wheatley Homes which is based in Works Road, Letchworth GC.

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Simon Woods, the company's development manager, said: "The access is pretty much on the line with the current houses and access anyway so it's not deviated from that.

"Everything has been done to make sure we will comply with the requirements but I would not like to say much more at the moment before the council makes its decision."

The council hopes to make a decision on the development by April 16.

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