‘They don’t care’ - residents’ anger as Stevenage Borough Council approves housing on green

Marlborough Road residents were left disappointed after SBC approved plans to build on nearby green

Marlborough Road residents were left disappointed after SBC approved plans to build on nearby green space - Credit: Archant

Councillors have been accused of not “caring about the next generation” after a controversial planning application was given the green light yesterday (Tuesday).

More than 20 people attended a planning meeting at Stevenage Borough Council last night to oppose plans to build two four-bedroom houses on a green next to Marlborough Road in Stevenage, but the application was approved.

John Allen was given three minutes to speak on behalf of Marlborough Road residents – citing an increased risk of flooding and a lack of recreational children’s playing space in the area as the main objections.

Speaking after the decision was made, the 33-year-old said: “I thought the entire meeting was a farce. People are angry about this application being pushed through and they will challenge it at every opportunity.

“Part of the appeal of living in this area is the idea of raising a family here and having a safe green space for them to play on nearby. They don’t care about the next generation. They don’t care about the 195 people we had sign a petition opposing these plans. What are these people elected for if not to work in their community’s best interests?

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“On this occasion the voice of the little man, of the community, was overshadowed by greed and ignorance.”

Councillor Robin Parker, who represents the Manor ward, said: “I’m very disappointed that the council moved to approve this application. I have many fond memories of playing on that green when I was younger and I think it’s part of the council’s apparent agenda to get rid of all the green space it can.”

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Planning officer Clive Inwards said: “There is a considerable need for new housing in Stevenage which cannot be ignored. All the necessary environmental surveys have been undertaken and their results meet all the necessary requirements at this stage.”

Now that outline planning permission has been granted for the application, developers must seek approval of more detailed designs within the next three years.

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