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Petition against Nayland Road demolitions gathers momentum

By Sammi Nice

Maureen Byrne listens to residents' concerns
Maureen Byrne listens to residents' concerns

A petition against the demolition of garages to make way for more buildings is gathering momentum.

Residents are asking the Havebury housing association to reconsider its plans to knock down garages in Nayland Road in order to build more houses on the site.

Residents fear traffic in the area would become unmanageable. The process is also seen as being undemocratic, having been opposed by town and borough councillors before being pushed through at appeal.

Councillor Tony Brown said: “It has stoked up a lot of feeling among residents. A lot of people live in estates and the last thing they want is for this kind of thing to happen to them too.

“Havebury does some good work, but this is too far.”

Cllr Maureen Byrne said: “There are planning applications out on Park Side as well as Nayland Road. The campaign group is united against these garage demolitions.

“We think more than a thousand people have signed the petition.If it goes ahead, it will be chaos. The traffic situation’s only going to get worse.

“It’s already an over developed area. This could cause massive problems.

“All the councillors are supporting the residents of Nayland Road.”

Havebury has defended its plans to demolish the garages, saying that the extra space would mean more houses could be built to combat the town’s lack of affordable housing. Scott Bailey, Development Director at Havebury Housing Partnership said: “Havebury Housing Partnership received planning consent on appeal to build four new homes and 17 parking spaces on the land currently used for ten garages on Nayland Road in July 2015.

“These new homes will provide much-needed affordable housing for local people.

“There are currently 1,554 home-seekers on the housing needs register. We worked closely with our architects to incorporate feedback from the council and local residents into the design of the homes and the layout.

“We will be writing to residents to inform them of when we anticipate starting on site.”

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