Plans on show

A DISPLAY of proposed layouts for a controversial housing development has received a mixed reception. Last week North Herts Homes held an exhibition of drawings of the kind of properties it wants to build to replace aluminium prefabs in Highover Road and

A DISPLAY of proposed layouts for a controversial housing development has received a mixed reception.

Last week North Herts Homes held an exhibition of drawings of the kind of properties it wants to build to replace aluminium prefabs in Highover Road and Campfield Way, Letchworth GC.

The display was erected in an empty bungalow NHH is using to illustrate the structural problems with the prefabs, and featured diagrams of several types of properties as well as a scale model of a bungalow.

Around 50 residents went along during the afternoon and opinion was divided on the proposals.

Clare Concannon, of Campfield Way, said: "I think they're very good. I'm very impressed.

"I appreciate they're not the finished plans but obviously they had to produce something we could then discuss with them and give them our opinions on them.

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"I think North Herts Homes are trying their best."

But Norma Godfrey from Highover Road said: "They're all right I suppose.

"I'm a bit disappointed because we really wanted to know where they'd be situated but they hadn't got anything like that.

"We're not really much further forward on that point.

"They've got the plans of bungalows and houses but it hasn't got the bridge so we've not got any sort of idea where they'll be."

Louise Ward, resident liaison officer for NHH, said: "The aim of our open day was to let residents see for themselves the inherent structural problems in their homes, to show them some examples of proposed property types which we may build and to get their views on them.

"It has been a very worthwhile event with many positive comments, suggestions and good ideas."

And a spokesman for Highover and Campfied Residents' Assocation said the consultation event "proved to be the culmination of all we have feared".

She added: "A partial site plan gives no scale or reference point making it impossible to understand.

"What is clearly shown are properties numbering up to 125, many in blocks. "The plan appears to show only four bungalows and apart from these properties there are none of the promised car ports.

"Instead there are 'parking courts'.

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