Stevenage residents fear homes development

RESIDENTS are gearing up to fight plans to build 100 homes on green open space on their doorsteps.

Developers Hill Partnerships Ltd are proposing to build houses and flats on land which borders Hertford Road and Kimbolton Crescent in Stevenage.

An exhibition held at Hertford Road Community Centre last week has caused residents to fear what the future has in store.

Jon Alessi, who lives opposite the proposed site on Hertford Road, said he and his neighbours are “deeply concerned”.

“We are all deeply saddened that they intend to build on this great piece of greenery, with all the wildlife and well-established willow trees that have been around longer than probably I have.

“The developers have stated it would be a two-year building programme, with noise and road disruptions.

“We intend to fight them all the way.”

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Hertford Road resident Andy Lloyd said he is concerned about the noise and disruption during the building phase because he has two babies who will be disturbed.

He added: “We wouldn’t like to have buildings here at all, but they are planning to build statement flats right on the corner. They will be three storeys high, so it’s going to block out all the light.

“That’s my main concern.

“We want as much natural light to remain as possible.”

A spokesman for Hill said: “We presented our initial ideas for new homes at an exhibition as part of our consultation process.

“The proposed scheme is for 100 new homes; some for private sale and some affordable housing for local people.

“There is a landscaping plan, including new public open space and new trees being planted.

“We are now reviewing the scheme in light of discussions we had and comments made, before we submit a final proposal.”

Mr Alessi said the developers have told him they intend to submit the final plans to Stevenage Borough Council by the end of the month and, if approved, expect to start building work in January.