Sustainable building

Our report on new Letchworth Housing

In 2015 TTL undertook a project to review previous housing developments and to consider the features we would like to see in new developments (both small and large). TTL shared its findings in a report which we shared with the Heritage Foundation and councillors. We hoped to influence design briefs and design principles to ensure housing promotes low energy living and vibrant communities.

Development of a Neighbourhood Plan is one way in which local residents can influence what happens on land in the town. Once a plan is adopted by a referendum of the town’s residents it must be adhered to in planning decisions. TTL have researched and shared knowledge on the steps that would be involved in producing a Neighbourhood Plan for Letchworth. A Neighbourhood Forum would need to be formed to produce a Neighbourhood Plan which contains representatives of the town. 

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North Herts District Council Local Plan

We've been making the case for sustainable development throughout the North Herts local plan process and are now lobbying landowners, developers and planners to deliver new homes whose design will minimise their lifetime carbon footprint. We've produced a list of expectations for the content of planned NHDC Supplementary Planning Documents (SPDs). We want these SPDs to be ambitious and ensure that new homes will be capable of operating at net zero carbon levels as the National Grid decarbonises, without any major retrofit to the fabric of buildings.

TTL  are monitoring and commenting on plans for new homes in Letchworth. The sites where new homes are expected are listed in the table below, with links to our detailed comments on the proposed developments (desktop website only).

 

We have written letters to Hertfordshire County Council (here) and Letchworth Heritage Foundation (here), encouraging them to commission sustainable, zero carbon housing on the local plan sites for which they are the land owner.

Site (LP = number of homes expected on the site according to the local plan )

Land owner

NHDC Planning Reference

Year first home expected on site

LG6 Land off Radburn Way, (LP 35 homes)

HCC and NHDC

19/01992/RM (8 houses), more planned on NHDC land

2022

LG9 Former Lannock School, (LP 45 homes)

HCC

20/01096/RM (30 homes) – Decided 

2022

HCC

21/00401/FP (24 apartments)

LG13 Glebe Road industrial estate, (LP 10 homes)

Heritage Foundation

18/03247/FP  (9 homes)

2022

LG16 Foundation House, LP (47 homes, apartments)

Heritage Foundation

20/01714/FP (57 apartments)

2022

Heritage Foundation

20/1698/80 (125 homes)

2023

LG4 Land north of former Norton School, Norton Road, (LP 45 homes)

HCC

18/02913/OP (27 houses and 18 flats)

2022

LG10 Former playing field, Croft Lane, (LP 37 homes) 

HCC

19/00520/OP  (42 homes) – Decided 

2023

LG1 Land north of Letchworth, (LP 900 homes)

Heritage Foundation

2025

LG5 Land at Birds Hill, (LP 86 homes)

Heritage Foundation

2026

LG8 Pixmore Centre, Pixmore Avenue, (LP 80 homes)

Heritage Foundation

2026

LG15 Garages, Icknield Way, (LP 15 homes)

Heritage Foundation

2029

LG18 Former Depot, Icknield Way, (LP 55 homes)

Heritage Foundation

LG19  The Wynd, Openshaw Way

Heritage Foundation

LG20  Gernon Road

Foundation & NHDC

19/02999/FP Decided 9 flats and one office building

LG21  Arena Parade

Heritage Foundation