Consultation

NEIGHBOURS’ WORKSHOP – THURSDAY 15 AUGUST 2019

Concerns 

BUILDINGS

Density (x16)

Height (x21)

Proximity to boundary (x7)

Type of Units – flats (x6)

INFRASTRUCTURE

Impact on schools, doctors, dentists (x8)

Construction noise, duration, length (x6)

Drainage (x2)

General Infrastructure considerations (x5)

LIGHTING

Loss of light into houses (x2)

Flood lights (x6)

TRAFFIC & PARKING

Increase traffic levels (x19)

Parking (x6)

Only one access point (x12)

Train station overcrowding

AFFORDABLE HOUSING

Clarification of location of affordable housing (x3)

Affordable housing desired (x2)

No affordable housing desired (x2)

OTHER ISSUES

Crime increase (x2)

Increased noise (x8)

Wildlife and Green space (x6)

Decrease in property value (x3)

Loss of existing sporting amenities (x2)

Privacy issues

No benefit to existing residents

Hitchin is busy enough in terms of population

ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS

Main road proposed next to the housing, why not opposite side?

Will sports pitch be used in evening too?

Has Countryside Management service been asked for their input?

What are the expected S106 obligations to be delivered with the planning permission?

WISHES

ACCESS & FOOTPATHS

Additional access via Gibson Close and Chaucher Way to reduce congestion (x8)

No access through Gibson Close

Residential access away from existing residents

No additional footpath access (x4)

Access through development to the Water meadow (x5)

Must not be a gated development

Move parking area / open public space closer to boundary (x4)

Maintain footpath (x7)

No underground parking

Pedestrian access to station (x4)

Integrate footpath within the development to make it truly public (x2)

ENVIRONMENT

Building on flood planes

Protect current wildlife / nature (x5)

Encourage cycling & additional cycle access (x5)

Electric car charging provision

Zero carbon housing (x3)

Water harvesting

Plant additional trees / do not remove trees (x4)

Set an example and build to the highest environmental standards (x3)

Create a site that is pleasant to walk round for all local residents

Buildings in keeping with the area

Will the sound berm be extended? (x2)

ADDITIONAL CONSIDERATIONS

Include children’s play areas (x2)

No overlooking current residents (x2)

Section 106 money to create pedestrian access / remain in Walsworth area (x2)

Sports facilities should be available to all residents not just students (x3)

What green space will be retained for students?

Stop students littering the boundary footpath

Maintain screened planting along whole site edge

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