Welcome facelift plan for flats

PLANS to build 59 homes, a new community centre, supermarket, café and hot food takeaway in a residential area look set to be given the green light at a council meeting tonight (Thursday). North Hertfordshire District Council s planning control committee

PLANS to build 59 homes, a new community centre, supermarket, café and hot food takeaway in a residential area look set to be given the green light at a council meeting tonight (Thursday).

North Hertfordshire District Council's planning control committee will make the decision about whether to grant planning permission for the development of land at Ivel Court, on the Jackmans estate in Letchworth GC.

Submitted to the council by McCann Homes Ltd, the plans include the demolition of the existing supermarket, library, community centre, shops and garage block.

They also include 13 two-bedroom affordable houses, 12 two-bedroom affordable flats and 34 two-bedroom flats.

Two blocks of flats on a mix of single, two and three-storey development, fronting Radburn Way, are proposed, as well as 38 additional car parking spaces.

A complete facelift of the existing five-storey block of flats is also planned, with the use of external rendering, as well as a single-storey rear extension to the block to provide storage space for existing ground floor retailers.

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The scheme includes the complete redesign and upgrade of the central courtyard, with plans for a 735sq m public green square towards the north of the site.

Richard Harman, chairman of Jackmans Improvement Group, said: "Overall it's a good project for the estate. I'm quite impressed with the plans. It's a total facelift.

"Ivel Court was built in 1965 and it's had its day. It's all concrete and now it's going to have flower beds and trees to give a welcoming atmosphere, with lots of greenery.

"A lot of people are happy with the plans. It's going to look quite plush."

The council has so far received just one objection from a neighbouring resident and the council officer who has compiled a report on the plans has recommended planning permission is granted.

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