The First Secretary of State John Prescott MP has announced that he is “minded to grant” planning permission for 3,600 homes at West of Stevenage.

Council officers now have until the 20th of January to re-negotiate and agree the planning obligations document to ensure the delivery of essential schools, shops community facilities and transport infrastructure. If this meets the Secretary of State’s approval then planning permission would be granted.

 

Planning permission was however refused for the 5,000 home scheme, as it was not considered to be in accordance with current planning policy. 

 

John McBride Manager of the Chamber’s Stevenage & North Herts Branch said “The Chamber welcomes this announcement as Stevenage has suffered for many years from a lack of available and appropriate housing and this has hampered the economic development of the town. Many local businesses have experienced difficulties with recruitment due to the town’s housing situation and West of Stevenage will go some way towards helping alleviate this problem. The expansion of Stevenage will help attract more business investment into the town and also help move forward the plans to regenerate the town centre. The 900 new affordable homes that this development will produce will help many young people and key workers get onto the property ladder and enable them to stay within Stevenage.”        

 

The Chamber calls again for the Government to look at the widening of the A1M between junctions 6 and 8 as this together with an appropriate local road and transport network will be essential to help meet the transport demands generated by the new additional housing.