Stevenage home plan near A1(M) would fund ‘urgent repair work’ on Knebworth House
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Plans to build homes on land near the A1(M) have been put forward in a bid to preserve an historic stately home.
The Lytton Cobbold family who run Knebworth House have submitted an application to build 14 houses on land they own in Stevenage’s Norton Green.
The family has been working with North Hertfordshire Homes and Stevenage architects Vincent and Gorbing to develop plans for the site in Chadwell Road, to the north west of the motorway’s Junction 7.
The proceeds of the sale would be used by Knebworth House’s charitable trust to match a £268,000 grant from English Heritage for structural repairs on the Grade-II listed building.
Work has already started so the trust is currently having to borrow money to pay for repairs.
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Letters have been sent to those living in the area highlighting the structural repair work needed as well as pointing out a ‘critical shortage’ of housing.
Managing director Martha Lytton Cobbold said: “Knebworth House is continuing to deteriorate and the harsh winters that we’ve had have not helped the situation.
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“Building costs continue to increase and work is becoming more and more urgent.
“The lack of housing is also a problem across the whole county and we do need more homes in this area – and that includes my own staff.”
She urged the public to comment on the proposals which, if approved by Stevenage Borough Council, would see six three-bed and two-bed houses and two four-bed properties built.
“We always try to engage with the public and I think it’s very important to have a public consultation to get feedback, both positive and negative,” she said.
A consultation on the plans runs until March 18, with a decision from the council expected in May.
To comment search for ‘register of planning applications’ on www.stevenage.gov.uk.