The summary below covers written feedback provided in the feedback forms from the public consultation events which took place on 9 September 2019 and 21 October 2019.   

  • 60 Feedback forms were completed
  • 53 Indicated they were local residents


Additional comments in response to this question:

  • Maybe, if they are opened up for community use
  • Clubs will have priority, leaving little time for individuals/couples etc

Additional comments in response to this question:

  • As long as they are affordable 
  • Only if there is the infrastructure to support it such as roads, footfall and new access to the station
Additional comments in response to this question:

  • Not flats, just houses, otherwise too many dwellings. Too many extra cars
  • Cars and increased population
  • Too many apartments planned
  • The feedback forms are skewed in favour of the development
  • In order to obtain meaningful feedback a revised set of balanced questions needs to be issued


Traffic, transport and access

  • Serious concerns about traffic and the only access route into the residential development from St Michael’s road. (22 similar comments)
  • Access to the residential areas for vehicles of all types (bicycles, cars,refuse lorries) needs to be very carefully considered.
  • Minimise movement of construction traffic to outside of peak times
  • Refuse lorries, buses and emergency services already have big problems on St Michael’s road with the current parking situation
  • Could you move the crossing lights by the Millstream in line with the right turn lane on Cambridge Rd to better control access areas
  • Good idea about left hand turn lane on Cambridge Road roundabout
  • Station access needs to be improved particularly pedestrian and cycle access. (9 similar comments)
  • Herts County Council should open up a pedestrian route at footbridge to the station
  • Protect cycle ways
  • Need car restrictions
  • Not enough parking (2 similar comments)
  • Where will parking be for flats?
  • Work with Herts County Council on opening access on the London-bound side. Pathway to be restored, lit well and maintained neatly
  • Concerns over pedestrian safety crossing the road – St Michael’s Rd and Walsworth Rd
  • Pedestrian access not thought about
  • Concern about access to pathway behind property (2 similar comments)
  • More attention needs to be paid to the cycle path on St Michael’s road and ensuring its safe use
  • Car club idea is good but specifics need thinking through. Might need to cut through from existing footpath to make attractive to residents of the poets estate to subscribe. It’s quite a long walk via the existing college entrance
  • No road or pedestrian access from Gibson Close. Concerns about possible increase in crime and anti-social behaviour. (9 similar comments)
  • Move entrance to residential site to Gibson Close
  • Don’t want walking access through Browning Drive and Campbell close
  • Would like footpath access through Browning Drive to public open space and on to PurwellMeadows 
  • Concern about access via Campbell Close. At present there is pedestrian access to the footpath along the boundary from Campbell Close. Foresee a severe parking problem in the road if there is permitted access via this route for pedestrians using the sports facilities or gaining access to the residential development proposed
  • Pedestrian and cycle access to Chaucer Way
  • Please do not open up existing quiet closes to new development
  • Who will maintain existing footpaths? NHC or the council?
  • Show all the footpaths that currently exist on your plans. These are 80, 81 to 88 from Campbell Close. These provide good access to the site
  • Do not want new residents having access to the alleyway (2 similar comments)
  • The alleyway running down the side of the college campus is overgrown and access is difficult


    Light, noise, density and proximity

    • Any development should be limited to a maximum of two storeys in order to fit in with existing properties on all four sides of the site (4 similar comments)
    • Serious concern about blocks of flats facing existing houses and obscuring existing eye lines. (12 similar comments)
    • Look at road position. It pushes the properties closer to those facing the development
    • Word ‘consultation’ widely misinterpreted by CALA Homes. No feedback taken into account, houses against Chaucer Way are far too close to the boundary
    • Additional noise and pollution concerns particularly during the development (4 similar comments)
    • Really don’t want the houses, will obstruct views
    • Street lighting off 12 to 5:00 AM
    • Will there be restrictions on the times the 3G pitch will be floodlit during autumn and winter? Light pollution from facilities and development is a major concern
    • Do not agree with the later hours on the football pitches
    • Improved acoustic mitigation measures need to be included in the design of the relocated all-weather pitch (existing measures are insufficient). Its hours of use must be limited to those detailed in the planning inspectorates decision dated 19/05/14.(2 similar comments)

    Sports facilities

    • The more people playing sport the better; noise is not a problem
    • Strong concern about loss of grass playing field and distance to travel to the Priory school (5 similar comments)
    • Loss of valuable sporting amenities – football pitches moving away and reducing from 2 to 1 
    • It is a shame that facilities have been underused. No real effort to attract the local community, would like guarantee of how new facilities will benefit community and not just students
    • Sports facilities would depend on evening access and increased PR about facilities and services available  


    Infrastructure including schools

    • Not enough schools, concern about provision given current pressure on places. (7 similar comments)
    • Land should be used to house another secondary school (2 similar comments)
    • Infrastructure is not in place for this development although can see why the land is proposed for housing development 
    • No information about impact to neighbours from utilities installation
    • Utilities infrastructure must be able to cope with the development (2 similar comments)
    • Condition of approval to include street lighting off between 12am and 5am

    Environmental and landscaping issues

    • Keep the hedge alongside the pathway which runs between the college and Coleridge Close
    • Put the green area closest to the existing houses
    • Loss of valuable open space for wildlife and ecology, particularly Purwell Meadow (3 similar comments)
    • The current view over the college field and onto Letchworth northwards needs to be maintained  
    • Condition of approval to include less dwellings, more single family homes planting of lots of native trees
    • Concerned that the view of the development from Purwell Meadows will be too visible. Additional landscaping should be deployed 
    • Health concerns about substation’s location and proximity to housing (2 similar comments)
    • Concerns regarding drainage of the site towards the river 
    • Will obstruct views
    • Important to have as much permanent vegetation (trees and hedges) as possible between new road and existing footpath to mitigate traffic fumes and noise 
    • A night time survey should be carried out to track the movements of wildlife in the area of the college’s current green spaces.
    • Concern about disruption of birds and bats between the nature reserve and existing established trees and Browning Drive.
    • The proposed tree coverage will take a lot of years to mature before it provides a barrier between the existing residential areas and the new sports facilities 
    • Disappointed that minimum compliance with environmental requirements. No solar, no heat pumps, not passive housing, greywater harvesting 
    • Install electric car charging points

    Additional responses

    • Definitely need a new sports hall 
    • The football pitches are fine just need a new sports hall 
    • Would like a children’s play area (4 similar comments)
    • No play area 
    • What is the provision for additional police presence? 
    • New homes won’t be affordable
    • Ensure affordable homes retained over 5 bed homes
    • Greatest need is for social housing for families and first-time buyers
    • Strongly disagree with the need for 40% social housing. Should be decreased by half 
    • 40% social housing is very high 
    • 120 houses is a lot higher than needs to be
    • Concern about crime increasing with social housing
    • Not taken into account residents’ views or feedback during the process (6 similar comments)
    • One of the experts spoken to at the September consultation was not aware of the feedback from the two previous meetings
    • Would like higher building standards rather than just being in line with building standards. Could a proportion be top quality /leading edge? 
    • Household waste from new residents including recycling services needs to be in place from the outset
    • Opposed to new homes
    • Concern about public land being taken away
    • Concern about reduced desirability of existing properties
    • Only the college and CALA will benefit from this development (2 similar comments)
    • Please communicate the detail with affected households and compensate for installation process 
    • Form not representative as it is one-sided and does not ask opinion on the plans
    • Exhibition was very well set out and informative 
    • Found the two meetings held [in August and September] extremely useful. The first was quite alarming as all new ideas to the norm. Second meeting more positive – development concerns raised have been thought about and are being addressed

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