Plan for seven high-rise tower blocks in Stevenage prompts raft of concerns
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Plans to build seven high-rise blocks of flats in Stevenage have been met with horror by people living in the town.
Last week the Comet reported how housebuilder Hill Residential Limited intends to submit a planning application for the Icon site - known locally as the eagle building - on Lytton Way which, if approved by Stevenage Borough Council, will create 574 flats in blocks up to 18 storeys high.
The plans have prompted outrage from Stevenage residents - with concerns surrounding increased traffic, lack of parking, inappropriate homes for families, a lack of affordable homes, and that the development will look unsightly.
Reacting to the Comet story, one woman said: "It's a dreadful idea and a blight on the landscape. It would be an absolute atrocity if approved."
A Hitchin resident has described the proposed tower blocks as "monolithic carbuncles" and a Stevenage woman added: "We need family homes and bungalows, not high-rise ugly flats creating a concrete jungle."
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One resident states children need gardens, and growing up in a high-rise is not a good idea, emphasising the need for more family homes in Stevenage.
And there are concerns surrounding inadequate infrastructure for the development. A worried resident said: "What about the schools for the children in these houses and flats? The schools around are already at full capacity."
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Hill proposes to create 274 parking spaces and provision for 587 cycles, but one man pointed out: "274 parking spaces for 574 flats is a disaster. There is already nowhere to park next door in Monument Court, or the surrounding roads."
A minority of people reacting to the story on the Comet's Facebook page have backed the plans.
One person said: "For all you moaners against development, would you rather see Stevenage crumble and become even more unsavoury, or would you actually like to see it move forward?" Another added: "The town needs more housing, but we don't have an infinite amount of space."
The Comet contacted property agent Savills, representing Hill, but a comment was not received at the time of going to press.
Hill intends to submit its planning application this summer and, if approved, aims to start construction next summer.