Have your say on housing numbers in Stevenage

15 Jun 2015

Stevenage Borough Council is asking local residents for their views on the number of houses built in the town in the future.

Stevenage’s Executive Members last week agreed to the latest round of public consultation on the council’s draft local plan, the document that outlines future development for the town. This will run between Monday 22 June to Monday 27 July, and will ask residents which of two potential options they prefer.

Option A would see 5,300 homes within the boundary of the town. This would not be enough homes to meet the housing needs of Stevenage but it would mean green belt land would not be built on. Option B would see 7,600 homes built, to house those people and their families wishing to continue to live here, but it would mean building on green belt land. 

Councillor John Gardner, Executive Member for Environment and Regeneration said, “We’ve been working closely with our neighbouring authorities to produce local plans that aim to meet the needs of local people. Stevenage is a very small borough and with an increased interest from businesses to invest and build in the town, we want to ensure that we plan enough homes for people to continue to live here, along with their children and grandchildren.

“We’re in a situation where we need to decide whether to fall short on the number of homes needed but leave the green belt as it is, or use small parts of the green belt to meet the town’s future housing needs. That’s why it’s important that people respond to this consultation and let us know what they think.” 

To have your say on the consultation, please visit our website www.stevenage.gov.uk/have-your-say 

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