Stevenage gains approval for more new housing

11 Jun 2019

Stevenage Borough Council has been granted approval for the development of three new housing projects, adding more than 50 new homes, 38 of which are affordable and social rented housing.

The new builds will see a private development of 21 apartments in North Road, the proceeds from the sale of which, will contribute towards the cost of the construction of social housing.
In Shephall Way, nine new apartments are being built and there will also be 29 new apartments in Symonds Green.

Construction will begin later this year and is expected to be completed towards the end of 2020.

Cllr Jeanette Thomas, Executive Member for Housing, Health and Older People, commented: “Stevenage Borough Council continues to fulfil its obligation to provide quality, affordable housing for the people of the town and these new developments deliver more than 50 new homes. Using the profits from private developments such as North Road is an effective way to offset the cost of building more affordable social housing, which continues to be our priority.

“Over the next 30 years we’ll be directly investing £1bn in housing in Stevenage, building hundreds of new homes. Our ongoing Major Refurbishment Contract will also see us improving many existing council properties so that they remain sustainable, safe and comfortable.”

These latest planning approvals are a significant milestone for the town as they take the number of approved homes in the pipeline waiting to be constructed to 278 with a further 40 homes already being built and due for completion later this year.

Cllr Sharon Taylor, Leader of Stevenage Borough Council, is particularly pleased that these new homes are spread throughout the town and first and foremost are being constructed on previously developed land. 

“Very few dispute the need for greater numbers of affordable new homes,” she added, “but finding places to put them will sometimes divide opinion. It’s great that in Stevenage we are increasing the pace of our delivery, consulting local communities and making sure that we are building throughout the town.”