Stevenage West Housing Development and Conflicts
Campaigners say ‘No!’ to Stevenage greenfield home plan Stevenage West The grand plan Remember the government wants to build nearly half a million new homes in the South East. Hertfordshire authorities think we need 85,000 new homes by 2016. In 1998, the county council decided to allocate 800 hectares of greenbelt land to the west of Stevenage for 5,000 homes of which 3,600 are to be built by 2011. (1 hectare = 10,000 sq metres). There is a long-term possibility of 10,000 houses. After targeting almost 70% of house building to brownfield sites and conversion opportunities, the county council decided most of the remainder should be accommodated through a well-planned extension of Stevenage rather than at alternative sites or by allowing it to be “pepperpotted” around Hertfordshire’s smaller towns and villages. <ul><li>1: Developers say the advantages of the scheme are… </li></ul><ul><li>We’ve got plenty more greenbelt land and we need to concentrate on profit. We will make house prices lower as there will be more of them. </li></ul><ul><li>What’s the harm in pushing back the greenbelt a few hundred hectares? The development is environmentally sustainable because we will have jobs and homes close together. This will reduce congestion, commuting, car use and therefore carbon dioxide emissions. </li></ul><ul><li>Railway and road access is close by. </li></ul><ul><li>We’ll prevent the loss of other less suitable greenfield sites elsewhere in the county. </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid over-straining existing schools, health and community facilities and local road networks. </li></ul><ul><li>Create jobs </li></ul>What the greenfield site looks like * * * Case study of pressure on the rural-urban fringe * * *
Proposed site for new homes A1(M) Stevenage <ul><li>2: The Country Council… </li></ul><ul><li>This will be the first development in Herts developed under the concept of sustainable development . </li></ul><ul><li>It will create a network of pedestrian and cycle links and an integrated transport system aiming to reduce rush hour car journeys by 30%, with over 80% of total travel being contained within the site or the Stevenage area. </li></ul><ul><li>A high-density mixed-use development including new schools, offices, health and community facilities. </li></ul><ul><li>Connection of all buildings to a green energy supplier which will match energy use from renewable sources such as wind power. </li></ul><ul><li>It will force the introduction of new leisure facilities and health centres. </li></ul><ul><li>Employers will be attracted by the new available workforce and the transport network will encourage industry into the area. </li></ul><ul><li>Greenbelt will be replaced elsewhere and the economy of Stevenage will be boosted. </li></ul><ul><li>3: Employers and people who want to buy a home… </li></ul><ul><li>Many employers want to employ people from the area. With more housing there’s a greater chance of an ideal labour force. </li></ul><ul><li>Expensive houses are forcing people to leave the area. This must be stopped to aid the economy. </li></ul><ul><li>The development will decrease house prices, due to more supply. </li></ul><ul><li>The development is convenient being close to the town centre and the A1(M). </li></ul><ul><li>Young, first-time house-buyers will be attracted to the town. </li></ul><ul><li>Attractive greenbelt area so the houses will be easily sold. </li></ul><ul><li>4: Conservationists… </li></ul><ul><li>Greenbelt is there to prevent urban sprawl and stop towns merging. It also prevents further visual, noise and air pollution. Habitats will be destroyed. You can’t put a value on wildlife and natural vegetation. </li></ul><ul><li>People need greenbelt to de-stress and for recreation. </li></ul><ul><li>The little countryside that is left needs to be protected. Farming land will be lost. </li></ul><ul><li>The area will become more congested. </li></ul><ul><li>The council should develop brownfield sites only. </li></ul>
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