Plans to build 159 Letchworth homes on derelict factory site supported

The Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation have supported the housing development proposal

The Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation have supported the housing development proposal - Credit: Archant

Plans to build 159 homes in Letchworth on a derelict factory site have been supported.

The application by Barratt Homes relates to land to the north west side of Blackhorse Road at the former George W King factory site.

The car parts manufacturer closed in 2008 after more than 20 years of operation in Letchworth, but the derelict industrial site has been repeatedly targeted. There have been several reports of anti-social behaviour at the site, which was subject to an arson attack in May last year.

The Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation has backed the development which will provide 36 two-bedroom flats, two two-bedroom houses, 35 three-bedroom houses and 86 four-bedroom houses, 40 per cent of which would be affordable.

Heritage Foundation property manager Matthew Foulis said: “In Letchworth it was encouraging to see this application submitted as the site has remained redundant and the buildings have fallen into disrepair.

“This is an important development and it is fantastic to see brownfield sites being prioritised for redevelopment where this is possible.”

For more information on the plans visit www.blackhorseroadconsultation.co.uk

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