Walk to celebrate Stevenage’s Forster Country, earmarked for 800 homes plan
PUBLISHED: 09:00 05 September 2020 | UPDATED: 14:05 08 September 2020
More than 130 people joined a walk to celebrate countryside with cultural and historical significance, before 800 homes are built there.
Stevenage’s Forster Country is a conservation area north of Martins Way – between North Road and Weston Road. It includes Grade II*-listed The Bury and Grade I-listed St Nicholas Church and Rooks Nest House – where author E M Forster spent his childhood from 1883 to 1893.
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In February Stevenage Borough Council granted planning permission for 800 homes and a school to be built on the land, despite hundreds of objections.
Last Sunday, the Friends of Forster Country held a three-mile walk around the area.
Chairman John Spiers said: “Many said how much they enjoyed being out in the open countryside with fresh air and glorious views. If the housing goes ahead, paths are likely to be fence-lined corridors with the sky visible only directly overhead. Sadly, it seems the future is bleak.”
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