New threat to green belt - Letchworth

Over 100 new sites in North Herts have been earmarked for possible redevelopment to meet Government housing targets including 19 in the Letchworth GC and Baldock area. North Herts District Council released plans on Monday for a further 126 sites across t

Over 100 new sites in North Herts have been earmarked for possible redevelopment to meet Government housing targets including 19 in the Letchworth GC and Baldock area.

North Herts District Council released plans on Monday for a further 126 sites across the district ranging in size from less than a quarter of a hectare to almost 400.

The sites, including playing fields, allotments, woods and agricultural land, have been proposed by landowners and developers in response to a consultation on 159 potential development sites last year.

These were invited by the council to help meet the East of England Plan for 6,200 new properties in the district by 2021.


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Almost 10 hectares of agricultural land in Letchworth GC could be lost if plans to build to the east of Blackhorse Road and the north of Hitchin Road go ahead.

A spokesman for Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation which proposed land at Blackhorse Road said it was closely monitoring the situation.

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In Baldock almost 28 hectares of land across eight sites have been proposed including 23 hectares of agricultural land to the west of the town towards the A1 and north on two-and-a-half hectares of pasture land.

Ashwell could see over seven hectares of gardens and paddocks built on around the village.

The council is asking the public to respond to the latest plans.

Tom Brindley, NHDC planning and transport portfolio holder, said: "This development needs to be sustainable in order to make North Herts a pleasant place to live and work, now and in the future. Your input on how to achieve that is extremely valuable to us."

The public consultation on the plans closes on September 14. Councillors will then choose their preferred options from all 285 sites early next year before opening another round of consultation.

To view the full list of proposed sites and have your say, go to www.north-herts.gov.uk or respond by emailing ldfconsultations@northherts.gov.uk or by post to NHDC, LDF Team, Council Offices, Gernon Road, Letchworth GC, SG6 3JF.

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