Plans for 41 homes on Stevenage industrial site

Front elevations of the proposed developments on Vincent Court

Front elevations of the proposed developments on Vincent Court - Credit: Archant

Plans have been submitted to build 41 new homes on the site of a vacant industrial estate.

A planning application was submitted to Stevenage Borough Council (SBC) last week to build the properties at the town’s Vincent Court, along Fishers Green Road, which currently houses a number of disused industrial units.

A parking study submitted with the application by property dealers Dooba Investments states each home would be provided with enough space to park two cars each. The company has requested a change in use for the property – from employment to residential.

Sharon Taylor, leader of SBC, said: “We will need to take a balanced look at whether or not we believe it is in the best interests of Stevenage people to change the use of this land from employment to residential.

“We are desperately short on housing but jobs are important too. We will go through the application and weigh up the costs and benefits of such a move.”

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A document submitted alongside the planning application states: “Vincent Court represents a very good opportunity for residential development in a form which would respond to its context.

“Unlike the existing site, it would be in keeping with its neighbours in terms of use, scale and pattern of development. The proposed development will provide up to 41 residential dwellings which will be made up of a good mix of quality accommodation for a range of occupiers and incomes, including provision for affordable tenures.

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“It will encourage sustainable forms of travel by virtue of its good pedestrian/cycle routes and public transport facilities adjacent to the site. The development will protect the amenity and security of the adjoining and prospective occupiers by virtue of its design approach.”

The application is set to be brought before SBC’s planning and development committee by July.

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