Plans for 3,600-home development close to Codicote withdrawn
PUBLISHED: 13:40 14 August 2013 | UPDATED: 13:40 14 August 2013
CONTROVERSIAL plans to build a huge 3,600-home housing estate to the north of Codicote have been withdrawn.
The West of Stevenage proposals, which had sparked a clash between neighbouring councils North Herts and Stevenage, had been on the table for 12 years.
Planning permission had been granted back in 2009, but this was overturned by a High Court judge in 2011.
Earlier this year, an inquiry was re-opened.
News of the withdrawal sparked joy from North Herts officials, who have opposed the development.
Cllr Tom Brindley, Conservative, who is responsible for planning at North Herts District Council, said: “We are delighted that this outdated application has finally been withdrawn.
“We were surprised when the inquiry was re-opened after we had been successful in challenging the previous decision in the High Court.
“I met with the director of planning at the Department for Communities and Local Government and suggested that this application should be withdrawn. I’m pleased that has now happened.
“We will now continue to make progress on developing our local plan to meet future housing requirements in North Hertfordshire.”
If given the go-ahead, the plans by Taylor Wimpey would have seen the homes and associated facilities built on land between Todd’s Green and Norton Green – situated between Stevenage and Wymondley.
Stevenage Borough Council – which backed the application – leader Sharon Taylor said she was disappointed by the news.
But she told said the authority is looking into building a smaller development in the same area of about 1,500 homes, just in the Stevenage boundary.
Cllr Taylor, Labour, said: “We’re working with them (Taylor Wimpey) to draw together a smaller scheme, just within Stevenage boundaries, so we hope we will still have some new housing, and in particular affordable housing, in the not too distant future.”
And County Hall planning boss Cllr Richard Thake, Conservative, said: “We welcome the news that these planning applications have been withdrawn.
“Hertfordshire County Council is not against development, but it must be the right kind of development with the right infrastructure underpinning it.
“We did not feel that the west of Stevenage development proposals met those requirements.”
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