Time running out to oppose North Herts housing threat

TIME is running out for residents to have their say on where thousands of homes could be built in North Herts. North Herts District Council must build 6,200 houses by 2021 to meet the Government s East of England Plan and the public consultation period o

TIME is running out for residents to have their say on where thousands of homes could be built in North Herts.

North Herts District Council must build 6,200 houses by 2021 to meet the Government's East of England Plan and the public consultation period on 126 possible development sites around the district ends on September 14.

The sites put forward by landowners and developers range in size from less than a quarter of a hectare to almost 400, many on Green Belt and agricultural land.

This follows an earlier planning phase last year when an original 159 sites were proposed. After this latest round of consultation ends, councillors will choose their preferred sites from the combined total of 285 and a final public consultation will be held.


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Concerned residents in St Ippolyts and Gosmore, which could be swamped by development on Green Belt land if proposals are approved, have asked the council to hold a meeting to explain the situation. Council planning officers will be at St Ippolyts village hall from 7.30pm tomorrow (Wednesday).

There will also be a stall on Hitchin's Market Place for the next two Saturdays organised by West Hitchin Action Group. Members will be collecting signatures against development on a vast swathe of countryside to the west of the town.

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To view the latest proposals and have your say, go to www.north-herts.gov.uk

You can also respond by emailing ldfconsultations@northherts.gov.uk or in writing to NHDC, LDF Team, Council Offices, Gernon Road, Letchworth GC, SG6 3JF.

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