Stevenage Borough Council is asking the public for their views on the future development of the town.  The Council is asking for comments on the Site Specific Policies planning document which suggests what types of development should be permitted on certain sites. 

Among the issues raised in the document are –

  • Around 2,000 new homes could be built over 15 years on 33 possible housing sites
  • Centres such as the Hyde and Bedwell should continue to provide shops and other facilities for local people
  • Open spaces such as Fairlands Valley Park, wildlife sites, allotments and woodland areas should be protected from development
  • Sites are identified for community buildings such as leisure or health centres.  

 The consultation runs until 19 December. The Site Specific Policies planning document can be viewed on the Council’s website (, in the town’s libraries and at the Council Offices in Stevenage.    

The responses which the Council receives will be used to draft a final document which will then be sent to the Government for approval.  

Cllr John Gardner, Deputy Leader of the Council and Executive Member for Regeneration, said, “This document will help us plan for the future of our town.  It will help us to meet the growing demand for housing locally and will also look at where local facilities are provided, as well as protecting the local environment.  I hope that people will take this opportunity to let us know what they think as it is important that the final document reflects the views of the local community”.